Dr Peter Haysom-Rodríguez

Dr Peter Haysom-Rodríguez


I completed a B.A. in Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge (2014), an M.A. in Literary, Cultural and Inter-art Studies at the University of Porto (2016), and a Ph.D. programme in Portuguese & Lusophone Studies at the University of Nottingham (2022). Outside of academia, I worked for three years as an International Business Consultant, at the Portuguese company Market Access: Experts in International Business.

My teaching at Leeds has been multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary, ranging from Portuguese language teaching to the “Black Europe” discovery module. I have adopted a teaching-led research, alongside a teaching-led research ethos, to ensure maximum symbiosis between scholarship and pedagogy. I teach at all levels, from first-year undergraduate to postgraduate taught programmes.

I have published articles in several international outlets: in Portugal, Cadernos de literatura comparada, in the UK, Portuguese Studies , and in the USA, Journal of Lusophone Studies and Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies. My first monograph, Regionalisms and Resistance in the Twentieth-Century Portuguese Novel: Spatialized Ideologies will be published by Legenda/MHRA in 2024.  

Research interests

My Ph.D. research (to be published as a monograph in 2024) examined the ideological uses of regional space and regional dynamics in selected novels by Aquilino Ribeiro, Agustina Bessa-Luís, Lídia Jorge and José Saramago. My other research interests include queer eco-consciousness in Ana Luísa Amaral’s poetry, anti-racist discourse in contemporary Portuguese RAP music, dictatorship-era Portuguese cinema, Brazilian rap music from 1985–present and, more recently, the relationship between cancer and Portuguese poetry. The “Medical Humanities” field is my current direction of travel – my latest project analyses representations of cancer in Lusophone cultural production.

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  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2023)
  • PhD in Portuguese & Lusophone Studies (2022)
  • MA in Literary, Cultural and Inter-Artistic Studies (2016)
  • BA in Modern & Medieval Languages (2014)

Professional memberships

  • Association of British & Irish Lusitanists
  • American Portuguese Studies Association
  • International Lusitanists Association
  • Intersexualidades/Intersexualities international research network
  • European Popular Musics Group
  • LCS Queer Area Studies Network
  • University of Leeds Medical Humanities Research Group

Student education

At Leeds, I have taught on the following topics:

  • Portuguese language (at various levels)
  • Spanish-English specialised translation 
  • Portuguese-English specialised translation
  • Portuguese and Brazilian literature
  • Portuguese, Brazilian and Angolan cinema
  • The history of Portugal, Brazil and Lusophone Africa
  • Queer resistance in Bolsonaro’s Brazil
  • Black Portugal, from 1400-present
  • Hidden presences in Black Britain
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