Prof Lisa Shaw Ph.D

Professor of Brazilian Studies Modern Languages and Cultures


Personal Statement

I am Professor of Brazilian Studies at the University of Liverpool, where I have worked since 2005 after completing 15 years at the University of Leeds as lecturer/senior lecturer in Portuguese. In 1999 I was visiting lecturer in Brazilian Culture and Civilization at the University of California, Los Angeles. My research interests are Brazilian cultural history, with an emphasis on 20th-century popular theatre, music and film, and in particular from a transnational perspective. In 2011 I was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, which enabled me to carry out archival research in Brazil for the monograph Tropical Travels: Brazilian Popular Performance, Transnational Encounters, and the Construction of Race (University of Texas Press, 2018. I lead the Impact project "Cinema, Memory and Wellbeing", which explores the use of music and film as a reminiscence tool to improve the emotional wellbeing of the older population, and involves outreach initiatives on Merseyside and in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am currently working with colleagues at the University of Liverpool and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust to expand this project to embrace those living with dementia.
I would be interested in supervising PhD projects relating to any of the following areas: Latin American cinema, Latin American popular music, the performance of race and ethnicity in Latin American culture, stardom in world cinemas, music, film and memory, and Portuguese-English translation (written and audio-visual, and interpreting). I am currently supervising doctoral research projects on fan-subbing (subtitling) of Chinese audio-visual material and the Afro-Brazilian soprano Elsie Houston in a transnational context.

Personal Distinctions

  • Invitation to be part of advisory board for AHRC/FAPESP-funded "Intermidia" project (University of Reading 2016)
  • Senior Research Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust in collaboration with the British Academy 2011)
  • Invited conference paper - 'Transmediality in Latin American Cinema' conference (Invitation to Speak, Bremen University, Germany 2016)
  • Plenary lecture - Intermedia Conference - The Moving Form of Film: Exploring Intermediality as a Historiographic Method (Keynote Speech, University of Reading 2017)
  • Keynote address at annual conference, University of Sheffield (Keynote Speech, ABIL - Association of British and Irish Lusitanists 2017)
  • Invited speaker - research seminar (Invitation to Speak, University of Leicester 2018)
  • Invited speaker - research seminar (Invitation to Speak, King's College, London 2017)
  • Invited speaker - research seminar (Invitation to Speak, University College, Cork 2017)
  • Adjunct research fellow (Monash University, Melbourne 2010)
  • Appointment to AHRC Peer Review College (AHRC 2010)
  • Conversation with screenwriter Pedro Vicente (Invitation to Speak, Brazil Institute, King's College, London 2010)
  • 'Carmen Miranda and the New York World's Fair, 1939-41' (Invitation to Speak, University of Leeds 2010)
  • Brazilian and Portuguese Film and Politics in the Estado Novo symposium (Invitation to Speak, University of Utrecht 2009)
  • Panel discussant and conversation with film director Karim Ainouz (Invitation to Speak, Birkbeck College, University of London 2009)
  • 'Re-creating Rio in Paris in the 1920s' (Invitation to Speak, University of Manchester 2009)
  • Introductory lecture to film 'Madame Satã' (Invitation to Speak, Columbia University, New York 2008)
  • Lecture: 'O que é que a baiana tem? Carmen Miranda, Josephine Baker and Brazilian Popular Song (Invitation to Speak, Columbia University, New York 2008)
  • 'Stars and Stardom in Brazilian Cinema, 1930-1960' (Invitation to Speak, University of Birmingham 2007)
  • Invited talk at JISLAC seminar (Invitation to Speak, University of Portsmouth 2007)
  • 'Stars and Ethnicity in Brazilian Popular Cinema, 1940-1960' (Invitation to Speak, University of Hull 2007)
  • 'Performing Brazil on Screen in the 1950s: Music and Dance in the Chanchada' (Invitation to Speak, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2007)
  • Invitation to speak (Invitation to Speak, University of Southampton 2007)
  • 'The Chanchada and Audience Studies' (Invitation to Speak, British Academy - UK - Latin American/Caribbean Link Programme 2007)
  • Invited talk at JISLAC seminar on Brazil (Invitation to Speak, University of Manchester 2007)
  • Interviewed by BBC Wales (Invitation to Perform, BBC Wales 2006)
  • 'Carmen Santos (1904-1952) and Film Stardom in Brazil' (Invitation to Speak, University of Bristol 2006)
  • Guest lecture on MA World Cinemas at University of Leeds (Invitation to Speak, University of Leeds 2006)
  • 'Representations of Ethnic Identity in Brazilian Film Comedies of the 1950s (Invitation to Speak, University of Cambridge, Centre for Latin American Studies 2006)
  • Visiting professor in Brazilian Culture and Civilization (Invitation to Speak, University of California, Los Angeles 1999)

Administrative Roles

  • Departmental Impact Champion, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Acting Research and Impact Lead for the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures (semester 2, 2017-18)
  • Deputy Research and Impact Lead for the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

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