Biography


 

Andrew João Carvalho Nunes

PhD
Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies Research.

MRes
Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cultural Studies.

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

Andrew’s main research interests are centred on interdisciplinary cultural studies, its intersections and critical perspectives focused on Portuguese contexts, including Brazil and the wider Lusophone World. Focuses include material culture, history and politics in shaping culture, identity and memory studies, postcolonialism and post-colonial narratives.

 

Background:

Andrew was born in Cambridge, England in 1986 to Portuguese parents that migrated from Portugal in the 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.

In 2019, Andrew published a monograph on 1950s rock ‘n’ roll music and its associated culture. This monograph mostly covered the cultural revival of a 1950s aesthetic by contemporary Portuguese artists. The paperback is titled, Luso-Retro: Past and Present Portuguese Representations of Mid-Twentieth Century Rock ‘n’ Roll and Americana Subculture.

Alongside his PhD research on a Portuguese counter-narrative that targets sites of imperial/colonial memory in the urban and digital (online) landscape, Andrew has also been an educator. In 2019, he was employed as an academic tutor supervising a student working on Iberian history and culture for the Realising Opportunities programme in conjunction with King’s College London’s Widening Participation Department. Andrew is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Culture, Media & Creative Industries Department at King’s College London. In this role he delivers lectures for undergraduates in a Bachelor of Arts module: Museums & Heritage.

In mid-2020, Andrew joined Roar News (an independent student newspaper of King’s College London) as a culture writer, bringing Portuguese and Brazilian cultural issues to the publication.

Andrew has always been interested in his heritage and the Lusophone World, this interest in many ways stemmed from various members of his own family and their involvement in notable events in Portuguese history. The most notable examples include Andrew’s great-uncle, Hermínio Martins. Martins was a political prisoner in Tarrafal situated in then, the Portuguese colony of Cape Verde. Tarrafal served as a brutal prison camp for dissenters who opposed the Portuguese authoritarian regime of António de Oliveira Salazar’s Estado Novo in Portugal. In efforts to demand Salazar’s resignation, Martins a sailor in the Portuguese Navy protested with other navy personnel in a naval revolt known as the ‘Revolta dos Marinheiros’ in 1936 onboard two naval vessels (the Portuguese destroyer Dão and the NRP Afonso de Albuquerque) near the coast of Lisbon.[1] The revolt was unsuccessful, subsequently costing the loss of some life, and all survivors their freedom. A twenty title azulejo art piece commemorates Hermínio Martins in Lousã, Portugal, inaugurated in 2006 by its câmara municipal.

Another example of Andrew’s interest towards Portuguese history, again involving his family, is when much of Portuguese-Africa sought independence from Portugal. Around this time Andrew’s father and uncle were sent among thousands of other men to quell the unrest in the African colonies, with no choice to oppose the war or face imprisonment due to compulsory conscription. In this conflict, Andrew’s father was deployed in Mozambique, and his uncle in Angola. Both men survived the war and would later emigrate from Portugal to England; Andrew’s uncle before 1974 that marked the end of the war and the fall of the Portuguese dictatorship with the Carnation Revolution, and his father during the immediate aftermath of this revolution.

The aforementioned events in Portuguese history entwined through Andrew’s family history and heritage 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 casual non-academic position at King’s College Cambridge in visitor services, helping tourists and locals enjoy the music and sights of King’s College Chapel, a position he is often on a break from due to his current PhD research. Andrew is also a (ex)capoeirista of significant talent and experience, beginning his physical and musical training of capoeira at sixteen years old with Grupo Senzala, and later other capoeira groups. In compliment to capoeira, Andrew holds fitness and personal training qualifications he achieved in 2008. Andrew is also interested in photography and fashion from the 1950s period, this interest is visible in his web-project, Um Homem na Cidade showcasing this aesthetic.[2]

 


 

Notes :

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

[2] This project is online at, http://umhomemnacidade.com/