The Editorial Board of Portuguese Studies is proud to present the first in a series of special themed issues co-edited by Young Scholars (Early Career Researchers, or ECRs, Postdoctoral students and PhD students).

In 2021, a call was circulated, inviting proposals for an issue that marked both the bicentenary of Brazilian Independence in 1822, and also the centenary of the São Paulo ‘Semana de Arte Moderna’ in 1922. The successful proposal on From Antropofagia to Global Lusophone Studies was produced, and then edited, by Dr Giulia Champion and Dr Ami Schiess, who also co-authored the Introduction.


Dr Giulia Champion (left) is a Research Anniversary Fellow at the University of Southampton. Her project focuses on the legalisation of deep-sea mining, engagement with and representations of the seabed and the deep-sea in different communities and in cultural productions and science communication. In 2022, she has also been a Green Transition Fellow at the Greenhouse at the University of Stavanger for a project on the role of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in thinking Green Transitions. She recently (co-)edited several collections with Bloomsbury, Palgrave Macmillan and Routledge and also two journal special issues published in 2022; one with the Bulletin of Latin American Research on “Intersections of Activism and Academia”, and one on “Animal Futurity” with Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism. Her work has been published in edited collections and journals, including in The Routledge Handbook of Ecofeminism and Literature (2022).

Dr Ami Schiess (right) is an independent researcher and educator living in Oakland, California; she completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University in 2020. Her research analyses the interplay between aesthetic representation and rhetorical othering in twenty- and twenty-first century Brazilian literature. Her publications include a chapter on “Reflections in the Porta-espelho: Clarice Lispector’s Literary Theory of the Object” in After Clarice: Reading Lispector’s Legacy in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Adriana X. Jacbos and Claire Williams (Oxford: Legenda, 2022) and one on “O que há de real no virtual: Introdução” in Arte e inovação em tempos de pandemia, edited by Rodolfo Ward, (Brasília: UnB Cadernos do CEAM, 2022).

The special issue (appearing as volume 38, no. 2 of the journal) features articles by Vincent Barletta, Jessica Sequeira, Guilherme Celestino, Luís Madureira, and Ami Schiess, as well as Portuguese Studies’ usual book reviews section.

In the future, the Editorial Board hopes to launch further calls for special numbers of Portuguese Studies edited by ECR colleagues, postdoctoral students and PhD students, along the lines outlined above, and supported by ‘special issue’ editing workshops at the ABIL (Association of British and Irish Lusitanists) Conference.

More information will be available via the journal’s website and social media profiles when confirmed.

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