Dr Peter Haysom

Dr Peter Haysom


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 have published articles in the Portugal-based Cadernos de literatura comparada, the British Portuguese Studies journal, the U.S. based Journal of Lusophone Studies and the American Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (forthcoming). My first monograph, Regionalisms and Resistance in the Twentieth-Century Portuguese Novel: Spatialised Ideologies will be published by Legenda/MHRA in 2024.  

Research interests

My Ph.D. research (to be published as a monograph in 2024) focussed on 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 21st century Portuguese poetry, anti-racist discourse in contemporary Portuguese music, dictatorship-era Portuguese cinema, and Brazilian rap music from 1985–present.

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  • Associate Fellow, HEA

Professional memberships

  • Association of British & Irish Lusitanists
  • American Portuguese Studies Association
  • International Lusitanists Association
  • Intersexualidades/Intersexualities international research network
  • European Popular Musics

Student education

At Leeds, I have taught on the following topics:

  • Portuguese language (at various levels)
  • Spanish-English specialised translation
  • 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