Dr. Cielo G. Festino holds a Ph.D. in Literary Studies in English from São Paulo University, Brazil. Her field of research is postcolonial studies, focusing on the Indian novel in English. She is professor of English literature at Universidade Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil.
She has the following publications in the field of postcolonial studies: "The Social Geography of A Suitable Boy" in "Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy: An Anthology of Recent Criticism," Murari Prasad, ed. (Delhi: Pencraft International, 2005); "A história nas estórias das mulheres do Raj" in Revista de Historia (São Paulo. FFLCH- USP150 (1o-2004) 99-127); "The Gift of the Holy Cross by Lino Leitão" in Revista de Estúdos Orientais (São Paulo, FFLCH,USP n.4 pp.147-164-2003); "Os Relatos de Viagem. Em foco Goa and the Blue Mountains or Six Months of Sick Leave de Sir Richard Francis Burton" in A Voz de Oriente, Revista da ARCIP.Portugal. (Julho-Setembro 2003.Ano VI. Série 17. pp. 34-37, Outubro-Dezembro 2003. Ano VII. Série 18 pp.22-24-Janeiro-Março 2004. Ano VII Série 19 pp.15-16.); "The Discourse of Diaspora and the Goan Experience". Claritas, São Paulo (n. 8:115-133, maio, 2002). Her most recent book is Uma Praja Ainda Imaginada. A Representação da Nação em Três Romances Indianos de Língua Inglesa (São Paulo: EDUSP/Nankin, 2007).
Her Brazilian supervisor for her post doctoral research, Dr. Lynn Mário Menezes T. de Souza, is involved in a long term research collaboration with Dr. Brydon developing critical literacies in relation to digital inclusion as part of a Critical Literacies research cluster partnering researchers in Brazil and Canada. Vanessa Andreotti and Lynn Mario T. Menezes de Souza conducted an intensive research workshop Re-imagining Communities: a case study from Brazil in October 2008.
To date, we have had six visiting students and two professors from Brazil. Their presence added vitality and continuity to the life of the centre. Most of these students are supervised by Dr. Walkyria Monte Mór, Universidade de São Paulo who gave a workshop in the Fall of 2007 Critical Literacies: Brazilian Perspectives. Walkyria was also instrumental in establishing a Memorandum of Understanding between our two univerisities. These are important for the internationalization and interdisciplinary aspects of the CRC program and directly related to Diana Brydon's ongoing work in transnational literacy. She hopes to use these visits to consolidate links with colleagues in other faculties as well as to further solidify links with Brazil. Essentially, these Visiting Associates are professors on sabbatical or graduate students looking for a research site appropriate to their work and that makes sense for their projects, including advancing a dialogue with associates here.
Her one month visit here is supported by a grant from FAPESP: Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, an agency that funds research, in the state of São Paulo www.fapesp.com.br The centre supplies her with an office, access to the internet and a library card.
Details about visiting doctoral students' projects are in the documents section of this site under Associates Visiting.