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 ABIL Officers

President - Professor Stephanie Dennison (2017 -2021)


Professor Stephanie Dennison holds a chair in Brazilian Studies at the University of Leeds, where she also serves as Director of the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures. Stephanie served as Luso-Brazilian representative for the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI) and she is a founding member of REBRAC, the European Network of Researchers working in Cultural Analysis.

General Secretary Dr Catarina Fouto (2013-2021)


Catarina Fouto Is a Lecturer in Portuguese Studies at King's College London. Catarina is a member of the editorial board of the journal Portuguese Studies, and serves on the Committee of the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) at King's College London. She was elected Secretary of ABIL in 2013.

Treasurer - Dr Maria Tavares (2017-2021)


Maria Tavares is a Lecturer in Portuguese Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her research has explored the possibilities arising from thinking nationalism and national identity through gender and she is currently conducting research on the processes of construction and representations of female heroism in Mozambique. She is the author of No Country for Nonconforming Women: Feminine Conceptions of Lusophone Africa (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018). Maria is a member of ABIL and in 2017 she was elected Treasurer of the Association. 


Postgraduate Representative - Maria Inês Castro e Silva (2019-21)


Maria Inês Castro e Silva is a PhD student at the University of Warwick (Department of Hispanic Studies) and a Portuguese Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham (2020/2021). Her research is focused on Portuguese film, postcolonial studies, urban studies, and Portuguese popular culture. She has taught in the United Kindgom and Ireland (Queen's University Belfast, 2014-2017; National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2016/2017; The University of Warwick, 2017-2020). Inês has been Postgraduate Representative since 2019.

Early Career Representative - Dr Dorothée Boulanger (2017-2021)


 After completing her PhD on Angolan history and literature at King’s College London, she has been a teaching fellow in the History and SPLAS (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies) departments at the same institution. Her research focuses on postcolonial Angolan literature, and the interplay between politics, history and fiction, with specific interest in masculinity and coloniality. She is currently a departmental lecturer in the Portuguese sub-faculty at the University of Oxford, and is about to start a Leverhulme early career fellowship.




​Conference Secretary - Dr Fernando Beleza (2019-2021)


Fernando Beleza is a Lecturer in Portuguese Studies; he joined the School of Modern Languages in September 2018. His research focuses on modern and contemporary literatures and cinemas of the Portuguese-speaking world, with a particular emphasis on modernisms and modernity; race, gender, and sexuality in contemporary Lusophone literatures; visual cultures; Lusophone cinemas and the environment.






Portuguese & Brazilian Studies Representative

at the University Council for Modern Languages

Professor Hilary Owen (2019-2021)


Hilary Owen is Professor Emerita in Portuguese and Luso-African Studies at the University of Manchester and Research Fellow in the Sub-Faculty of Portuguese at Oxford University. She works on  Portuguese and Lusophone African women writers and feminist theory as well as researching on Postcolonialism and on contemporary Portuguese and Lusophone African cinemas.  She is co-editing  with Claire Williams, Transnational Portuguese Studies, for Liverpool University Press, Transnational Modern Languages series, and with Mariana Liz, Portuguese Women Film Directors, for Bloomsbury Press. She has taught at the Universities of Manchester, Oxford, Queen's, Belfast, and Leeds and is a founder member and former treasurer of ABIL. She currently represents ABIL on the University Council for Modern Languages (UCML).


Immediate Past President - Professor Philip Rothwell (2017-2021)


Phillip Rothwell is the King John II Professor of Portuguese at Oxford University and served as president of ABIL from 2013 until 2017. He is a professorial fellow at St Peter's College, Oxford.



Member without Portfolio - Dr Simon Park (2019-2021)


Past Officers


President -  Professor Phillip Rothwell (St Peter's College, Oxford) (2013-2017)

General Secretary -  Dr Catarina Fouto  (King's College - London) (2013-2017)

Treasurer - Dr Mark Sabine (Nottingham) (2013-2017)

Conference Officer - Dr Carmen Ramos Villar (Sheffield) (2015-2017)

Past President - Dr David Frier (Leeds)  (2013-2017)

Members without Portfolio - Dr Tori Holmes (Queen's University - Belfast)  (2013-2017); Dr Simon Park (2017-2019)

Postgraduate Officer - Gui Perdigão (Oxford) (2015-17)

Early-Career Researcher Officer -ABIL invited nominations for the role of ECR rep, but none received