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Second Year PhD Students

Mamasa Camara

Ms Mamasa CamaraGates Cambridge International Scholarship

The Political Economy of Female Circumcision

Supervisor: Dr Adam Branch (Department of Politics and International Studies)




The smallest West African nation of the Gambia has, in recent years, become the stage for an intensive debate surrounding the practice of female circumcision as well as a great deal of change in both the practice itself and the discourses that surround it. Through feminist and postcolonial analysis as well as the historical analysis of archives, my research project offers a case-based study on the dynamics of these debates and the extent to which they are shaped by both global and local processes (like democratization, Islamic revivalism and modernization) and by the shifting dynamics of culture, gender and power. I ask the following questions: (1) What are the mechanisms of this process? (2) What regimes of rule, politics and entangled knowledge structure the field upon which female circumcision is discursively produced and negotiated and (3) How have they affected both the gendered subjectivities and lived experiences of Gambian women as well as the relations between citizens and the State?

Juliana Demartini Brito

Juliana Demartini-BritoGates Cambridge International Scholarship

Queer Futurity in Latin America

Supervisor: Dr Lauren Wilcox (University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies)


My PhD research explores the queer futurity discourse within Brazilian LGBT assemblies. I map out the dialogical relations between queerness and liberal notions of progress and the future that took place while the country moved toward a democratic regime in the 1980s. By doing so, I hope to explore how these notions have contributed to the configuration of the current LGBT discourse of queerness and the future in the country. With my research, I hope to strengthen the tie between theory and activism, as well as collaborate to new developments in the direction of LGBT movements from local to international levels by advancing the debate on the different shapes the dialogue of queer futurity takes across cultures.


I hold a BA with honours in Political Science and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies from Franklin University Switzerland, as well as an MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge. My research interests lie in Latin American politics, queer theory, and decolonial approaches to gender and sexuality.