Professor Stephanie Dennison


I'm originally from Northern Ireland but have lived between England and Brazil for most of my post-teenage years. After a brief stint teaching Portuguese and Spanish at the University of Liverpool, I joined the University of Leeds in 1994 where I currently hold a Chair in Brazilian Studies. I held a Leverhulme-funded International Academic Fellowship at the Multimeios Dept of UNICAMP, Brazil in 2015 and a Macpesquisa-funded Visiting Professorship an the Cultural History programme of Mackenzie Presbyterian University, also in Brazil. I am President of ABIL, the Association of Lusitanists of Great Britain and Ireland.

I have published a number of books on Brazilian, Latin American and World Cinema. My forthcoming single-authored book, Remapping Brazilian Film Culture in the 21st Century, will be published by Routledge. I was Primary Investigator and Co-investigator respectively on AHRC-funded projects Soft Power, Cinema and the BRICS and Voicing Hidden Histories, and I have published articles and book chapters and produced short films related to these projects.


Research interests

I am interested in film culture as it is broadly understood, particularly, though not exclusively, in the contemporary period, and particularly as it is manifested in Brazil. I am also interested in new approaches to cultural studies, and especially popular culture.

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  • BA Hons Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, King's College, London
  • PhD Hispanic Studies, University of Liverpool

Professional memberships

  • ABIL (Association of Lusitanists of Great Britain and Ireland). President of the Association.
  • REBRAC (Rede Europeia de Brasilianistas de Analise Cultural). Founding member.

Student education

Portuguese content modules (all levels)

Portuguese language (advanced)

Intercultural Studies (MA)

World Cinemas

Research groups and institutes

  • Cinema and Television
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American
  • Digital cultures
  • The Camões Centre for Portuguese Language
  • Fusão
  • Cultural studies
  • Network for Hispanic and Lusophone Cultural Studies

Current postgraduate researchers

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