Biography


 

Andrew João Carvalho Nunes.

BA (Hons), MRes, PhD Candidate.

Andrew’s research interests tend to be history and cultural studies, at times multidisciplinary these fields incorporating philosophy, sociology and more, Andrew focuses mostly on Portugal and Brazil, as well as the wider Lusophone world.

Andrew was born in Cambridge, England in 1986 to Portuguese parents, 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 is the author of the book, Luso-Retro: Past and Present Portuguese Representations of Mid-Twentieth Century Rock ‘n’ Roll and Americana Subculture (Cambridge: Tágides Books, 2019).

In June 2019, Andrew will supervise one to two students on their assignments as an Academic Tutor 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.

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Andrew 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 thousands of men to quell the unrest in Portugal’s ‘overseas provinces’, with no choice to oppose the war or face imprisonment. 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 for good.
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 led him to university.

Outside of academia, Andrew holds a non-academic post at King’s College Cambridge, he is also an ex-capoeirista of significant talent and experience, and holds fitness and personal training qualifications. Andrew is also interested in photography, among other things.

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