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Luciana Martins

  • Overview

    Overview

    Biography

    Originally trained in architecture and urban planning, Luciana Martins specialises in visual and material culture, historical geography and digital humanities. She joined Birkbeck in 2003. A founding Director of the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies - CILAVS (2007-16), she is currently CILAVS' Co-Director (2020-). Since 2017 she has been a Visiting Researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She is currently the Assistant Dean for Research in the School of Arts at Birkbeck.

    Highlights

    Qualifications

    • PhD Geography, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 1999
    • MSc Geography, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 1994
    • First Degree: Architecture and Urban Planning, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 1986

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Director of Postgraduate Studies, Department of Languages, Cultures and Applied Linguistics
    • Co-Director, Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS)

    Visiting posts

    • Visiting Researcher, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,

    Professional activities

    Member of the AHRC Strategic College, 2017-2023

    Member of the AHRC Peer Review College, 2012-2023

    External Examiner at UCL, Portuguese Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes

    Professional memberships

    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

    • Member of the College Art Association

    • Member of the Association of British and Irish Lusitanists

    • Member of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland

    • Member of the Society for Latin American Studies

  • Research

    Research

    Research interests

    • The visual culture of travel and exploration
    • History of photography and film
    • Biocultural collections
    • Digital humanities

    Research overview

    I am currently completing a book entitled Drawing together: the visual archive of expeditionary travel, supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. The book explores the practice and experience of image-making as deployed on European expeditions to South America from the 1850s to the 1950s.

    Since 2015, I have been working with colleagues from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and other Brazilian institutions on a research programme on the biocultural collections of nineteenth-century botanist and explorer Richard Spruce. Drawing upon my previous AHRC-funded research project on Andean textiles, Weaving Communities of Practice, which developed a pioneering digital knowledge base, this collaborative project aims to reanimate the artefacts that Spruce sent to Kew Gardens and other British institutions.

    Research Centres and Institutes

    Research clusters and groups

    Research projects

    Digital repatriation of biocultural collections: connecting scientific and indigenous communities of knowledge in Amazonia.

    Drawing together: the visual archive of expeditionary fieldwork.

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching

    Supervision

    Current doctoral researchers

    • CATARINA GANCHO FONTOURA
    • CHRISTINA BAUM
    • MARIANA MILLECCO RIBEIRO
    • PATRICIA BONCHRISTIANO
    • RAQUEL VILLAR-PEREZ
    • ROSA DYER

    Doctoral alumni

    • FREDERICO DUARTE
    • RAUL VALDIVIA MURGUEYTIO
    • AGATA LULKOWSKA
    • BEA CABALLERO

    Teaching

    Teaching modules

    • Research Skills Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (Modern Languages) (ARCL061Z7)
    • The Urban Experience in Brazil (ARIB131S5)
    • Studying the Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian and Native American Worlds (LNLN016S4)
  • Publications

    Publications

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  • Business and community

    Business and community

    I have media training.

    Outreach

    Digital repatriation of biocultural collections: connecting scientific and Indigenous communities of knowledge in Amazonia, video showing project workshops July 2019 (6'04"), https://vimeo.com/357556505

    The Many Lives of a Shield, a video essay of a biography of a biocultural object from the Economic Botany Collection at Kew (8’57”), https://vimeo.com/200369869; with Portuguese subtitles, https://vimeo.com/200644645

    Workshop in São Gabriel da Cachoeira, audio-visual report of the workshop activities (3’12”), https://vimeo.com/201827169

    Plantae Amazonicae, exhibition of artwork by Kew artist in residence Lindsay Sekulowicz, co-curator [with W. Milliken and M. Nesbitt], funded by Arts Council England, Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, October 2017-March 2018.

    El Encanto, exhibition of artwork by Birkbeck artist in residence Freddy Dewe Mathews, funded by Arts Council England, Peltz Gallery, April-May 2017.

    Seven Wonders of Brazil’, BBC2, interview with Faris Kermani on the cultural history of Brazil, broadcast June 2014.

    The Invention of Brazil’, BBC-Radio 4, interview with Misha Glenny on the cultural history of Brazil, broadcast May 2014.

    Unnatural Histories: Amazon’, BBC4, interview on documentary film and the exploration of the Amazon, broadcast April 2011.