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Dr Christabelle Peters


I am completing work on my second monograph entitled Angola after Colonialism: Race, Politics and National Identity (under contract with I. B. Tauris/Bloomsbury), which is a historical inquiry into the influence of ideas about race in the Atlantic World on the construction of Angola's post-independence national identity. In general, I am interested in the dynamic relationship between culture and transnationalism, with a focus on Latin America (particularly Cuba and Brazil) and Lusophone Africa. My research is multidisciplinary and multilingual engaging with Spanish-, Portuguese-, French-, German-, and Italian-speaking societies and cultures.

Before arriving at Bristol, I held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Warwick and taught at the University of Nottingham. I received my PhD in Hispanic and Latin American Studies from Nottingham in 2010. Since then, I have undertaken a significant amount of research travel, including trips to Cuba, Angola, Brazil, Senegal, Portugal, the USA, and Sao Tome and Principe, supported by some generous funding from The British Academy, The Leverhulme Trust and Warwick's Institute of Advanced Studies. My first monograph, Cuban Identity and the Angolan Experience (based on my doctoral research), was published by Palgrave Macmillan (USA) in 2012. 

I have a background in journalism and (film and radio) documentaries, and am also a creative writer (poetry, short fiction, life writing, and drama).