Biography


 

Andrew João Carvalho Nunes

BA (Hons), MRes, PhD Candidate

Andrew’s research interests tend to be history and cultural studies, a multidisciplinary field focused on the Lusophone world.

Born in Cambridge, England in 1986 to Portuguese stock, Andrew, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Research graduate, both in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, matriculated and graduated from the University of London, Birkbeck College. Andrew is now a Doctor of Philosophy student in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Research, still at the University of London, but now at one of its founding colleges, King’s College London.

Born and raised by his Portuguese father and mother, 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, Tarrafal was a prison camp for dissenters who opposed the dictatorship in Portugal. 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, that used two naval vessels in the Lisbon harbour.1 The revolt was unsuccessful, subsequently costing the loss of some life, and all survivors their freedom. Another example of Andrew’s interest towards Portuguese history is when much of Portuguese Africa sought independence from Portugal, 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 the British 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. 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.
All of the aforementioned historical events in Portuguese history entwined through Andrew’s descendants, has formed a profound personal connection to Portugal’s past, and cultivated with other factors his interest in Portuguese Studies, which led him to study at university where he focused mostly on topics concerning Portugal and Brazil.

Outside of academia, Andrew holds a non-academic post at King’s College Cambridge. Andrew is an ex-capoeirista of significant talent and experience, and holds fitness and personal training qualifications. Andrew is also interested in photography and runs the project – Um Homem na Cidade, that showcases 1950s menswear.2

  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. Um Homem na Cidade can be visited here.