Marinela Freitas

Marinela Freitas is a Research Fellow at the Margarida Losa Institute for Comparative Literature (ILCML), where she coordinates the research group Intersexualities and is a member of the Board of Directors. She holds a Ph.D. in Anglo-American Studies from the University of Porto, on the poetry and poetics of Emily Dickinson and Luiza Neto Jorge. She is the author of Emily Dickinson e Luiza Neto Jorge: Quantas Faces? (Afrontamento, 2014), for which she received the PEN Club Award – Essay 2015. She has co-edited several books and journals in the fields of Comparative Literature, Feminist Studies and Utopian Studies, among which are Pós-humano. Que futuro? Antologia de Textos Teóricos(with Lígia Bernardino e Ricardo Gil Soeiro); Legados e Heranças: Políticas (Inter)sexuais Hoje (with Ana Luísa Amaral, Maria de Lurdes Sampaio & Alexandra Moreira da Silva; Afrontamento, 2019); New Portuguese Letters to the World: International Reception (with Ana Luísa Amaral and Ana Paula Ferreira, Peter Lang, 2015), Novas Cartas Portuguesas Entre Portugal e o Mundo (with Ana Luísa Amaral, Dom Quixote, 2014) and Utopia Matters (with Fátima Vieira, UPorto, 2005). She has also co-edited (with Ana Luísa Amaral) an anthology of poetry addressing gender and sexualities: Do Corpo: Outras Habitações. Identidades e Desejos Outros em Alguma Poesia Portuguesa (Assírio & Alvim, 2018; 343 pp.). As a researcher, she has participated in 8 national and international research projects in the area of Comparative Literature, Feminist Studies and Utopian Studies.  Since 2015, she is a member of the Coordinating Team of She Thought It: Crossing Bodies in Sciences and Arts, a database with entries on women whose steps have significantly marked history in fields such as sciences, arts, music and literature (https://shethoughtit.ilcml.com/), hosted at the ILCML. From 2015 to 2019, she developed a Post-doc project on Posthuman Studies, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). She currently teaches Feminist Studies and Queer Theory at the MA program on Literary, Cultural and Interart Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. 

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