Ever since I joined research in the University of Lisbon I have been interested in women writing – namely Victorian – in gender issues and, more recently, in Digital Humanities.
The University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES)’s Group 2 (English Culture) has since a decade created opportunities for researchers to engage in exciting fields of research, namely related to ongoing masters’s dissertations and PhD thesis of its members. That’s where I fit in.
Invited in 2007 to join this group, shortly after I defend my master’s dissertation (O Encontro Colonialnas Memórias de Cornelia Sorabji (2007), not translated in English, about the colonial encounter in Cornelia Sorabji’s memoirs, I have since then been engaged in organizing conferences (The British Empire, Ideology, Perspectives, Perceptions; Empire Building and Modernity;Reviewing Imperial Conflicts; Salman Rushdie in the 21st Century: swallowing a world, and publishing (see in Amazon the volume under the title Reviewing Imperial Conflicts, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014). The two editions of the Victorians Like Us Conference, (by the way, the second one is due to take place next November) are also to be cited. And also researching, namely to write my PhD thesis (Mulheres na Sombra. Great Victorian Women Behind Great Victorian Men, viva in 2011, concerning Harriet Taylor, Emma Wedgwood and Ellen Ternan).
My engagement with the project Digital Humanities, Libraries, Schools and Social Development, in the scope of the same research group, led me to the emerging research field of Digital Humanities. The challenge of this new venture was to unite my interest in Victorian Studies, the postcolonial approach and the digital, but always focusing on Victorian women as a minority, specific cultural contexts, and their agendas. Currently, as one can perceive from the paper I will present, my work aims at finding out resemblances or ruptures concerning the Victorian women writers canon, first researched in the University of Lisbon Faculty of Humanities Library, and then in the sites and platforms that emerged dedicated to women writing of the Victorian period.
The feedback I expect from the workshop is different from the one I usually get during conferences in Lisbon or abroad: ‘meeting’ people with the same interests and that will not ask me «What can you do that they (meaning British researchers) haven’t done yet?»; or, as often occurs, «What’s the point of research in Humanities?». In fact, I believe my perspective, coming from a southern peripheral country is a different one, and also that I can find common circumstances in Victorian women struggles and 19th century Portuguese ones, some of which still echo today.
New acquaintances – although virtual – will be welcome, with other scholars with similar research paths, which may provide exchange in a more permanent manner.