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Ana Romão
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Faculty of Letters - University of Lisbon

Ana Romão took her first degree in Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Compared Arts and Cultures (FLUL, 2011). She received an MA in English and American Studies (FLUL, 2015), with a thesis entitled “Experimenting with Torture: Abu Ghraib Through the Lens of Paul Scheuring’s The Experiment”. She was a researcher for the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies, and is now preparing a PhD proposal entitled “Weaponized Women in post 9/11 Visual Culture”. Her main fields of interest are: Visual Culture, Critical Security, and Gender Studies.


Published Articles:

  • [Forthcoming]. “A War on Error: Cloning Terror: The War of Images, 9/11 to the Present” in Cultures of (In)Security in Comparison. Themed Issue Dedalus Journal | Project CILM (FLUL). Edited by Susana Araújo, Susana S. Martins and Carlos Garrido Castellano.
  • 2015. “Childish Games: Children, Horror, and the Abu Ghraib Photographs” in Facing our Darkness. Manifestations of Fear, Horror and Terror. Edited by Laura Colmeno-Chilberg and Ferenc Mújdricza. Publisher's site:
  • 2014. “Experimenting with Torture: Abu Ghraib through the lens of Paul Scheuring’s The Experiment”. Co-authored with Susana Araújo in estrema: Interdisciplinary Journal for Humanities 5 [Fall] / Special Issue: Insecurity and Global Terror(s). Edited by Nuno Marques, Igor Furão and Susana Araújo.
  • 2013. “Salem's Lot: How Dracula Permeates Time and Space" in estrema: Interdisciplinary Journal for Humanities 2 [Spring].


Papers Presented:

  • 2015. “Childish Games: Children, Horror, and the Abu Ghraib Photographs” in 8th Global Conference Fear, Horror & Terror: Rituals, Myths and Symbolism. Mansfield College, Oxford University. 11-13 September.
  • 2013. “Unveiling the Photographs of Abu Ghraib: An Intermedial Approach.” in International Conference Images of Terror, Narratives of (In)security: Literary, Artistic and Cultural Responses, University of Lisbon. 23-24 April.
  • 2012. “Why do We Take a Picture?: The Scandal of Abu Ghraib and Victorian Post-Mortem Photography” in International Conference Unhealable Wounds: Gothic and the Question of Trauma, University of Stirling. 14 November.
  • 2012. “‘Salem’s Lot: How Dracula Permeates Time and Space” in International Conference Dracula and the Gothic in Literature, Pop Culture and the Arts: an Interdisciplinary Colloquium at the Centenary of Bram Stoker’s Death, University of Minho. 29-30 June.

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