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University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES)
Alameda da Universidade
Faculdade de Letras
1600-214 Lisboa

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Maria Luisa Homem Leal de Faria Geraldes Barba

Research Group: English Studies: Culture (RG 2)
Professional Title: Full Professor
Academic Degrees: (2003). Habilitation; (1987). Ph.D. in English Culture, U Lisboa. 
Institutional Address: Universidade Católica Portuguesa
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Research Projects:

  • (2012-...). Ongoing informal project Neo-Victorian Studies. (Scient. Coord.: LLFaria, CEAUL / ULICES - RG 2).
  • (2011-...). Libraries and Canon Formation: Cultural, Literary and Visual Heritage. Collaborator.
  • (2008-2009). Scient. Coord. The British Empire: Ideologies, Perspectives, Perceptions. (CEAUL/ULICES).

Main Achievements:

  • (2013). Scient. Committee of Conf. Macau Narratives, May.
  • (2012). Scient. Committee of 33rd Annual Meeting APEAA, Authority versus Alterity: The Return of Hegemony?
  • Member of “Centro de Excelência Jean Monet”, Faculty of Law, U Lisboa.

Research Outputs

Publications in peer reviewed journals and/or other publications:

  • (2013). “A Universidade como comunidade imaginada.”CommunioRevista Internacional Católica. Ano XXX. Nr 1: 073-085.

Completed PhD theses:

  • (2011). Co-supervision of ACMendes, “A ‘Magpie Tendency’. Salman Rushdie and Cultural Brokerism,” (Co-supervisor: TMalafaia, U Lisboa), U Lisboa, (PhD in Literature and Culture, English Studies). Summa cum laude. 15 Jul.

Books and book chapters of international circulation:

  • (2008). “Dall’idea di università di Newman alle università nell’era globale.” In Cristián G. Desbouts and Carlo Nanni (Eds.) L’Università come Comunità Educativa: Il paradigma dell’edicazione integrale. Roma: LAS.

Books, including single-authored works (including scholarly editions of oral or written texts and translations with introductions and commentary):

  • (2013). Knowledge is Power: o discurso do conhecimento na modernidade. Col. Cadernos de Anglística Nr. 17. Lisboa: Edições Colibri.

Chapters in books, including contributions to conference proceedings, contributions to festschriften, essays in collections:

  • (2013). “Os English Studies e a missão da Universidade.” In CVFerreira et al (Eds.) A Scholar for All Seasons: Homenagem a João de Almeida Flor. Lisboa: CEAUL.
  • (2011). “In Black and White: ‘civilizing Africa’ in Portuguese narratives of the 1870’ and 1880’.” In ASerras (Ed.) In Empire Building and Modernity. Lisboa: CEAUL.
  • (2010). “Antes do Império: as colónias: reflexões de Adam Smith e Jeremy Bentham.” In CVFerreira and TMalafaia (Eds.) The British Empire: Ideology, Perspectives, Perceptions. Lisboa: CEAUL.
  • (2009). “Bentham: a utilidade da paz.” In  Ana Paula Garcês et al (Eds.) Os Grandes Mestres da Estratégia: Estudos sobre o poder da guerra e da paz. Lisboa: Almedina.
  • (2008). “The Tenses of the Imagination: The Imitation of Life in Literary and Cultural Studies.” In TMalafaia and CVFerreira (Eds.) A Tangled Web: Ideas, Images, Symbols. Lisboa: Centro de Estudos Anglísticos/Colibri.

Other research outputs:

  • Participation in the activities of the PhDnet “Literary and Cultural Studies.” U Católica, Justus Liebig U (Giessen), Finnish Graduate School for Literary Studies, Bergamo U and Stockholm U.
  • (2008). Chair of the General Assembly of APEAA (Associação Portuguesa de Estudos Anglo-Americanos / Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies).

Organisation of scientific dissemination activities:

  • (2012). Coord. Org. Committee of Int. Conf. Victorians Like Us: Memories, Dialogues and Trends, U Lisboa, 21-23 Oct.
  • (2009). Org. Committee of Int, Conf. The British Empire. Ideology, Perspectives, Perceptions (I.Questioning the Empire; II. Vizualizing the Empire), U Lisboa, 21 Apr and 26 May.
  • (2010). Org. Committee of Int. Conf. Empire Building and Modernity, U Lisboa, 6-7 Dec.
  • (2011). Org. Committee of Int. Conf. Reviewing Imperial Conflicts, U Lisboa, 27-28 Oct.

Other activities:

  • (2012). Participation in the AULP (Associação das Universidades de Língua Portuguesa) annual conferences, Maputo, Mozambique.
  • (2009).  Participation in the AULP (Associação das Universidades de Língua Portuguesa) annual conferences, Luanda, Angola.
  • (2008). Participation in the AULP (Associação das Universidades de Língua Portuguesa) annual conferences, Brasília, Brasil.

Presentations in international conferences


  • (2010). “Narrating the Scientific Adventure: How Three Portuguese Explorers Became Best-Selling Authors in the Context of ‘the Scramble for Africa.’ PhDnet Conf. Turning Points. Crucial Changes in Literary Theory, History and Genres, Rauischholzhausen Castle, 18-20 Nov.

Presentations in national conferences

By invitation:

  • (2012). “Metamorphosis of the Popular.” 3rd Graduate Conf. Culture Studies - Report from the Pop Line: on the Life and Afterlife of Popular, U Católica, 3-4 Dec.
  • (2012). “Victorians Like Us: Past and Present.” Victorians Like Us: Memories, Dialogues, Trends, U Lisboa, 21 Dec.
  • (2011). “A Universidade como comunidade imaginada.” Centenary of the University of Lisbon, 100 anos, 100 lições.


  • (2013). “A Universidade em crise: uma questão cultural.” Int. Conf. António Quadros: Obra, Pensamento Contextos, U Católica, 13-15 May.

Future research:

  • (2013). Coord. Org. Committee of Int. Conf. Salman Rushdie, Swallowing a World, U Lisboa, Nov.
  • (2014). Supervision of Ana Fabíola Maurício, “CAM and the Reshaping of Lisbon’s Culturalscape: an Art Culture,” (PhDnet context, on the Modern Art Centre of the Gulbenkian Foundation).
  • (2014). Org. 2nd Conf. Neo-Victorianism, U Lisboa.
  • (2016). Supervision of Rita Salvado, on representations in Portuguese publicity in the 60s of the 20th century, PhD dissertation.
  • (2014-…) Ongoing individual research in the field of Victorian Studies, with a specific focus on the British Empire and possible relations with the Portuguese Empire in the nineteenth century.




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