Andrew João Carvalho Nunes,

BA (Hons)
Iberian and Latin American Studies (Portuguese).

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cultural Studies.

PhD candidate
Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies Research.

Andrew’s research interests are history, politics, identity, culture and memory, focused on Portugal with an interest also in these aspects within Brazil and the wider Lusophone world, including some Hispanic issues and topics that intersect with Portugal.

Andrew was born in Cambridge, England in 1986 to Portuguese parents that migrated from Portugal in 1970s, he is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at King’s College London, and holds the degrees, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Research, both in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies from the University of London, Birkbeck College.

Andrew has published a monograph on 1950s rock ‘n’ roll music and culture in Portugal and its overseas during the mid-twentieth century and this culture’s revival in contemporary Portugal, titled, Luso-Retro: Past and Present Portuguese Representations of Mid-Twentieth Century Rock ‘n’ Roll and Americana Subculture.

From June to November 2019, Andrew alongside his research will be employed as an academic tutor to supervise a student working on Iberian history and culture for the Realising Opportunities project in conjunction with King’s College London Widening Participation department. The programme is a national collaboration with fifteen UK research-intensive universities that promotes fair access and social mobility for students from under-represented groups into university by providing, on completion of the programme, additional merit and consideration on their UCAS application to one of the fifteen member university’s of the scheme.

Discussing Andrew in more depth, he has always been interested in his heritage and the Lusophone world, this interest in many ways stemmed from various members of his family and their involvement in notable events in Portuguese history. Andrew’s great-uncle was a political prisoner in Tarrafal situated in the Portuguese colony of Cape Verde, established during the authoritarian regime of António de Oliveira Salazar’s Estado Novo in Portugal, Tarrafal served as a prison camp for dissenters who opposed the Portuguese dictatorship. In efforts to demand Salazar’s resignation, Andrew’s great-uncle, a sailor in the Portuguese Navy protested with other navy personnel in a naval revolt in 1936 onboard two naval vessels (the Portuguese destroyer Dão and the NRP Afonso de Albuquerque) in the ocean coast of Lisbon.1 The revolt was unsuccessful, subsequently costing the loss of some life and all survivors their freedom.
One other example of Andrew’s interest towards Portuguese history, again involving his descendants, is when much of Portuguese-Africa sought independence from Portugal, around this time Andrew’s father and uncle were sent among, in total at the end of the conflict, over one million men to quell the unrest in Portugal’s ‘overseas provinces’, with no choice to oppose the war or face imprisonment due to conscription. The developing colonial war was avoidable that instead of relinquishing Portugal’s colonies like other European nations did following the Second World War, Portugal held on to them, as such, a war ensued on many African fronts rapidly becoming an unpopular war for the Portuguese, a war that was internationally criticised with Portugal’s opponents supported by the Soviet Union and the United States of America, among others. In this conflict Andrew’s father was deployed in Mozambique and his uncle in Angola, both survived the war and both would later emigrate from Portugal to England in the 1970s, leaving life under the dictatorship.
The aforementioned historical events in Portuguese history entwined through Andrew’s descendants has formed for him a profound personal connection to Portugal’s past, that cultivated with other factors an interest in Portuguese Studies which, in many ways, led him to university to become an authority on.

Outside of academia, Andrew holds a non-academic post at King’s College Cambridge, a post he is on a break from due to his current research. Andrew is also an ex-capoeirista of significant talent and experience, beginning his physical and musical training of capoeira at 16 years old with Grupo Senzala and other groups. In compliment to capoeira, Andrew holds fitness and personal training qualifications. Lastly, Andrew is also interested in photography and fashion from the 1950s period, so runs the web-project, ‘Um Homem na Cidade’ showcasing this aesthetic.

Last updated: 30/06/2019

  1. An account of the navy revolt appears at the end of José Saramago’s 1984 novel, O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis.