Adjoa Osei

Postgraduate Research Student


Adjoa was awarded a 1st Class BA in Portuguese and Brazilian studies at King's College London. She completed her MPhil in Portuguese studies from Oxford University and recieved a distinction in the process. Adjoa recieved the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship on academic merit.

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"Performance Art, Intellectualism and Politics – A Study of An Afro-Brazilian Transnational Performer in the Early Twentieth Century."

Adjoa's thesis considers Brazilian women performers, from 1920 to 1940, and their interactions with internationalist political and artistic movements, linking Paris, Rio de Janeiro and New York. She examines Elsie Houston, the transnational Afro-Brazilian soprano, and will also comparatively consider Eros Volúsia, Anita Otero and Josephine Baker.  This will focus on transatlantic and inter-American artistic, cultural and political relations.  In particular, Adjoa sets out to evaluate racialized performance. She has been awarded both the AHRC (NWCDTP) and Duncan Norman scholarships to support her research; both were awarded on academic merit.

Research Funding

Duncan Norman Scholarship and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)