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Victoria Adams

Victoria Adams

vja27@cam.ac.uk

College:

Newnham

About me:

In 2015, I graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Hispanic Studies and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies with Distinctions in Spanish and Portuguese from King’s College London. In 2016, I completed an MPhil in Latin American Studies with Distinction at Cambridge University, supported by the Newton Trust and Newnham College. Since graduating, I have worked as an English teacher in Spain, Portugal and the UK.

My PhD is funded by a Vice-Chancellor’s and Newnham College Scholarship.

Research:

My PhD research investigates the shifting place(s) of the virtual in the assemblages of which memory spaces are comprised across Brazil, in order to address the absence of scholarship on the production of space and historical narrative on this subject. My project explores examples of the plethora of virtual and semi-virtual cultural-historical projects that have arisen to reorientate cultural-historical narrative and produce alternative spatial imaginaries in light of the reinvigoration of discussion in Brazil about its slaving history and racial politics. I am interested in how these projects offer opportunities to explore how the virtual contributes to the assemblages through which space is produced and known and historical narrative reconfigured and made to speak to both past and present.

My project draws on theoretical frameworks such as posthumanism and immanent theory to explore how such virtual projects simultaneously generate spaces that disaggregate, reconfigure, resist and reproduce the dominant logics that govern contemporary heritage and culture industries and the narratives that characterise historical and national discourse.

Scholarships / Prizes:

2018      Vice-Chancellor’s and Newnham College Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of academic merit to allow a student to study a PhD of their choice at the University of Cambridge

2016     Santander Travel Grant and Simón Bolívar Fund Award

Both awarded to carry out three weeks of research in Brazil in April 2016         

2015     Newton College Masters Studentship

Awarded on the basis of academic merit to allow a student to study an MPhil of their choice at the University of Cambridge           

2015     Baroness Von Schlippenbach Prize

Awarded for outstanding achievement during the course of the final year of my undergraduate degree on the nomination of the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (SPLAS) of King’s College London (KCL)           

2012     King’s myScholarship

Awarded for having excelled in my studies and contributed to student life at KCL during the first year of my undergraduate degree, on the nomination of SPLAS at KCL           

2012     Baroness Von Schlippenbach Prize

Awarded for outstanding achievement during the course of the first year of my undergraduate degree on the nomination of SPLAS at KCL           

2012     Sambrooke Exhibitions

Awarded to undergraduate students in the humanities on the recommendation of the School of Humanities of KCL for the best performance by a first-year student in their Department           

2012     Janet Perry Prize

Awarded to recognise and reward the two first year undergraduate students who have been judged to have written the best tutorial essay from a selection of nominees put forward by course tutors from SPLAS at KCL

Conference papers:

“The Roda do Cais do Valongo: Intervention as 'dwelling' in Rio de Janeiro's port region” at VIII Associação de Brasileiros Estudantes de Pós-graduação e Pesquisadores no Reino Unido Conference,  King’s College London, May 2016.