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Victoria Adams

Victoria Adams

PhD Student in Portuguese



About me:

In 2015, Victoria graduated with a First-Class BA (Hons) degree in Hispanic Studies and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from King’s College London.

In 2016, she completed an MPhil in Latin American Studies with Distinction at Cambridge University, supported by the Newton Trust and Newnham College. After graduating, she worked as an English teacher in Spain, Portugal and the UK.

Victoria’s PhD is funded by a Vice-Chancellor’s and Newnham College Scholarship. Victoria’s PhD research investigates how questions of memory are negotiated in contemporary Rio de Janeiro using virtual strategies.

Teaching Interests:

Brazilian cultural studies, translation

Research Interests:

Brazilian cultural studies, memory, heritage, the virtual


Material Virtuality: Infrastructures of Memory in Rio de Janeiro: Throughout most of the twentieth century, Brazil proclaimed itself ‘the country of the future’, striving for progress through economic development. As Brazil’s former capital (1763-1960), Rio de Janeiro has long been used as a stage from which to project the country’s modernity. Yet, as this century closed, politicians and urban planners began to regard the country’s past and ever broader registers of its heritage as a source of cultural and economic value. In Rio, these revaluations of the past have resulted in increased scrutiny of the city’s slaving history and enduring racial inequality. This rethinking of the past has coincided with a boom in Brazil’s consumer economy that has made smartphones and social media ubiquitous in Rio. The virtual is consequently frequently employed to materialise different visions of Rio’s past that invite reflection on the city’s present and future. This thesis examines the embodied relations stimulated by a series of projects that employ virtual strategies to explore Rio’s history, heritage, and public memory. Its structure moves from Rio’s centre towards its peripheries and rural hinterlands to analyse the genealogies and distribution of the materials and infrastructures that sustain these projects. It argues that infrastructure, leisure, and private capital are key lenses through which to consider these issues in Rio.


2019      Gibson Spanish Scholarship (University of Cambridge)

2019     Santander Travel Grant (University of Cambridge)

2018     Vice-Chancellor’s and Newnham College Scholarship (University of Cambridge)

2016     Santander Travel Grant and Simón Bolívar Fund Award (University of Cambridge)

2015     Newton College Masters Studentship (University of Cambridge)

2015     Baroness Von Schlippenbach Prize (King’s College London)

2012     King’s myScholarship (King’s College London)

2012     Baroness Von Schlippenbach Prize (King’s College London)

2012     Sambrooke Exhibitions (King’s College London)

2012     Janet Perry Prize (King’s College London)

Published works:

Victoria Adams, ‘Urban Reforms, Cultural Goods and the Valongo Wharf Circle: Understanding Intervention in Rio de Janeiro’s Port Area’, Bulletin of Latin American Research, 2020 <>.

Further Publications:

Eduardo Jorge de Oliveira, ‘How to Build Cathedrals. Cildo Meireles: A Sensory Geography of Brazil’, trans. by Victoria Adams, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 28.4 (2019), 607–36.

Carlos Adriano, ‘The Poetics of Found Footage as an Instance of Film Poetry: A Study of a Personal Case’, in The Poetry-Film Nexus in Latin America: Exploring Intermediality on Page and Screen, ed. by Ben Bollig and David M. J. Wood, trans. by Victoria Adams (Cambridge: Legenda, Forthcoming).


Dr Maite Conde