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Cecilia Beecher Martins
Research Group: American Studies (RG 3)
Professional Title: Lecturer FLUL/INP
Academic Degrees: (2012) Ph.D. in Literature & Culture, American Studies, U Lisboa; (2004) M.A. in English Studies, U Aberta; (1984) B.Sc. in Microbiology & Biochemistry, U College Cork, National U Ireland.
Institutional address: ULICES - Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, Alameda da Universidade, 1600-214 Lisboa, Portugal
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Research Projects:

  • (2012) Narrative and Medicine: (Con)texts and Practices across Disciplines. (Scient. Coord. IFernandes, CEAUL). Researcher.

Main Achievements:

  • (2012). “Simple Stories: alternative paradigms offered by cinema (and literature)” (Supervisor: TCid, U Lisboa, Norman Holland, U Florida), U Lisboa (Ph.D. in Literature and Culture - American Studies). Summa cum Laude. Dec.

Research Outputs

Publications in peer reviewed journals and/or other publications:

  • (2010). “Shared Identity Constructs and the Cognitive Triad Represented in Poe’s ‘Alone.’” In Barbara Cantalupo (Ed.) Edger Allan Poe Review. Pennsylvania State University. Vol. 11. Nr. 1:131-141. http://www2.lv.psu.edu/PSA/EAPR/EAPRspring2010.pdf

Books and book chapters of international circulation:

  • (2011). “Simple Stories Films Seen Through the Lens of Science." In A Jangada de Ulisses. Lisboa: CEAUL, 69-78.
  • (2010). Review “‘Crisis? Between Reaction and Creation’ by Michael Gruber” Hermeneutic Circle: Newsletter of the Society for Existential Analysis, ed. Moja-Strasser; Lucia & May, Catriona, London: Society for Existential Analysis, p13-14.
  • (2010). “Review ‘Illness as a Path – A Journey to the Dark Places of Wisdom’ by Gabriella Otty”, Hermeneutic Circle: Newsletter of the Society for Existential Analysis, ed. Moja-Strasser; Lucia & May, Catriona, London: Society for Existential Analysis, p12.
  • (2010). “Norman Holland’s Meeting Movies applied to Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown.” In Frederico Pereira (Ed.) 26th Int. Conf. on Literature and Psychology, Lisboa: ISPA, 49-57. http://ww.ispa.pt/biblioteca/localizacao_do_documento/c3.htm.

Organisation of scientific dissemination activities:

  • (2012). Org. Committee Int. Conf. Changing Times: Performances and Identities on Screen, U Lisboa, 7-9 Nov.
  • (2010). Exec. Committee Int. Conf. Narrative Medicine: Illness and Dialogue, U Lisboa, 13-14 Sep.
  • (2009). Exec. Committee Int. Symposium Post-Racial America: Has the USA Moved Beyond the Race Issue? U Lisboa, 6-12 Nov.
  • (2009). Exec. Committee Inter. Symposium Poe and the Creative Gothic, U Lisboa, 18-20 Mar.

Other activities:

  • (2013-2015). Member of the team developing the structure and application of an online database dedicated to Narrative and Medicine: Contexts and Practices Across Disciplines.

Presentations in international conferences:

  • (2010). “Free Associative Analysis: A Crossover between Fictional Worlds and Scientific Investigation.” 27th International Literature and Psychology Conference, U Pecs / PsyArt Foundation, Pécs, Hungary, 24-28 Jun.
  • (2009). “Norman Holland’s Meeting Movies applied to Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown.” 26th International Literature and Psychology Conference, U Viterbo / PsyArt Foundation, Viterbo, Italy, 1-6 Jul.

Presentations in national conferences

By invitation:

  1. (2014). Presented the lecture “Nos e Os Fillmes ... Porque? at the monthly multidisciplinary debates promoted by the Sociedade Portuguesa de Psicossomática. Ler Devagar Book Shop LX Factory, Lisboa, 17 June.
  2. (2009). “Meeting Movies We Meet Ourselves.” Int. Conf. Cycle What we talk about when we talk about America, ICA/U Lisboa, 7 May.

Panel:

  1. (2014). “Stories of self through film analysis” presented at the Storying Illness Across Disciplines Colloquium organized by the Narrative and Medicine Research Team at the Faculty of Letter, U Lisboa, 14 March.
  2. (2013). "A brief overview of free associative film criticism and its practical applications”. 2013-14 Narrative Medicine Seminar Cycle, Escola Superior de Enfermagem, Lisboa, 27 Nov.
  3. (2013). “Free Associative Film and Literary Criticism – Then and Now” (Co-auth: Murray Schwartz, Emerson College). 30th International Literature and Psychology Conference, Faculty of Fine Arts/U Porto/PsyArt Foundation, Porto, 26 Jun-1 Jul.
  4. (2012). “Narrative in Neuroscience and Literary Criticism.” 7th APLC Conference. Panel: “Narrative and Medicine” (Org: CEAUL/ULICES), U Aveiro, 5-7 Dec.
  5. (2012). “Travelling, Journeys and Open-Ended Questions in Films.” Int. Conf. Changing Times: Performances and Identies on Screen, U Lisboa, 5-7 Nov.
  6. (2012). “Different Perspectives Offered in Mark Twain’s Travel and Other Writing” (Co-auth: Anna Miranda, INP). Int. Conf. Literature and Tourism. Panel: “Seeing the other through travel and travel related writing” (Org: INP), U Lisboa, 26-27 Nov. (2010). “Meeting Movies we Meet Ourselves.” Geographies of the Self, 31st Annual APEAA Conference, Lisboa, 15-17 Apr.
  7. (2010). "Tales That Change Minds - Reflections on Twain's 'A True Story' (1874)." Mark Twain - International Colloquium, FLAD, Lisbon, 8 Oct.
  8. (2010). “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Writing a Way out of Trauma.” Int. Conf. Narrative Medicine: Illness and Dialogue, U Lisboa, 13-14 Sep.
  9. (2010). “Meeting Movies we Meet Ourselves.” Geographies of the Self, 31st Annual APEAA Conference, Lisboa, 15-17 Apr.
  10. (2009). “Simple stories films seen through the lens of science." Jornada de Investigadores em Estudos Pós-Graduados, U Lisboa, 23 Nov.
  11. (2009). “Shared Identity Themes and the Cognitive Triad represented in Poe’s ‘Alone’.” Int. Conf. Poe and the Creative Gothic, U Lisboa, 18-20 Mar.
  12. (2008). “The Diaspora of Thought from Spinoza to Damasio’s Looking for Spinoza.Narrating the Portuguese Diaspora (1928-2008): International Conference on Storytelling, ULICES/Brocjk U/U Massachusetts, U Lisboa, 23-25 Oct.

Future research:

  • (2013 – 2015). Co-editor of the book Creative Dialogues to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in Spring 2015 (Principle Editor: Prof. Isabel Fernandes, other co-editors: Amandio Reis & Zuzanna Sanches).
  • (2014). Visit to Columbia U, NY, to observe and sit in on graduate and undergraduate Narrative Medicine classes and seminars.
  • (2014). Participation in Narrative and Medicine one-day conference organized by the project Narrative and Medicine: Contexts and Practices Across Disciplines. March.
  • (2014). Guest editor with Lucy Fischer, U Pittsburg, and JDuarte, ULICES, of a special issue of Anglo-Saxonica dedicated to the theme Changing Times: Performances and Identities on Screen.
  • (2014-2015). Guest ed. with Morris Beja, Ohio State U, Ellen Carol Jones and JDuarte and Suzana Ramos, ULICES, of the international volume Changing Times: Reading Cinema in Contemporary Society. (Following ongoing discussions with int. publishers and reflections on the submitted essays for this publication, this title may be altered.)
  • (2015). Participation in Int. Conf. on Narrative and Medicine organized organized by the project Narrative and Medicine: Contexts and Practices Across Disciplines. Mar.

 



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