Based on the premise that politics can be done through literature, this group aims to bring together intermediate/advanced students of Portuguese as well as lusophiles and lusophones who are passionate about lusophone literature. Through our readings, we'll explore different voices from the Lusophone world, tackling themes such as colonial, racial and gender struggles, as well as modern slavery, persecution and oral traditions.
Readings and discussions will be in Portuguese.
To participate, write to one of the organizers:
Francisco Pereira de Lima : Francisco.Pereira-de-Lima@elul.ulaval.ca
Laura Silva: Laura.Silva@pol.ulaval.ca
I co-ran UCL's Minorities and Philosophy Chapter throughout my doctoral studies.
During this time we set up a number of initiatives:
-Fortnightly reading group
-Welcome drinks for female graduate students
- Panel discussions with undergraduates
- Inclusive seminar practice as part of teacher training
- Lobbying for inclusive syllabi
- Annual public MAP lecture and graduate masterclass,
now a department staple:
The Harriet and Helen Memorial Lecture
The lecture is named is in honor of John Stuart Mill's wife and step-daughter who contributed to John Stuart Mill's work both by conducting the domestic labour required to sustain his work, and by significantly influencing the content of Mill's thought. In its various chapters around the world, including at UCL, MAP aims to examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy. The name of this lecture is a reminder that there have always been invisible minority philosophers; people contributing to philosophical inquiry and debate, even when their names and contributions are obscured.
'Whoever, either now or hereafter, may think of me and my work I have done, must never forget that it is the product not of one intellect and conscience but of three, the least considerable of whom, and above all the least original, is the one whose name is attached to it.' (John Stuart Mill, 1873)
Society for women in philosophy:
Good Practice Guide:
In 2018 I took part in a project run by the UCL Public Engagement Unit which pairs UCL researchers with voluntary sector organizations (VSO) in London. I was part of a group of PhD students and post-docs working with the Alternatives Trust, a women's charity in east London. We volunteered at the trust, taking part in their daily activities, with the aim of providing free consultancy that made use of our combined research skills to help improve the functioning of the trust and attract more funding.
LAHP Creative Exchange
In 2015 I took part in a creative exchange where researchers collaborated
with artists from the Slade School of Fine Art and Central Saint Martins
for one month. The results were showcased at a public event at FATRELIC gallery.
This exchange allowed researchers to engage creatively with their work and question
the boundaries of academic writing. My contribution has been published here.
I worked with artist Dala Nasser who's piece 'Different Kinds of Sameness'
is featured on the right.