School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Sarah Duggan
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  • Former Research Student

Doctoral Student in Latin American and Iberian Studies


Dr Patricia Oliart and Dr Nick Morgan

From Mining Paths to Tourism Trails: exploring the narrativization of shifting identities in the Chapada Diamantina, Brazil

This piece of ethnographic research explores the impact of socio-economic change on local cultural production and gendered subjectivities in Lençóis; a city located in the Chapada Diamantina region of Bahia, Brazil. Once renowned as the Capital do Diamante, Lençóis is today best known as the principal gateway for tourists travelling to the region to explore the beauty of the Chapada Diamantina National Park. Taking storied accounts of rupture and renewal as a point of departure I explore the continued relevance of mining to the present-day lives and biographies of local men and women, and consider how memory is mobilised as a means of reaffirming, negotiating and challenging individual and collective subjectivities. In particular, I am interested in the affective and embodied dimensions of labour market change, and the strategies employed by individuals as they seek to redefine their “place” in the new economy.

Research Interests

Cultural transformation and identity production; Work and subjectivity; Masculinity; Affect; Tourism development in Brazil; Neoliberalism and social change; Ethnographic research methods; Discourse Analysis; Narrative and life history interviewing.

Research Groups

Americas Research Group; Cultural Significance of Place Research Group; Gender Research Group; Society for Latin American Studies;


Seminar Tutor for UG module Cultural Diversity in Latin America, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University (January 2014 – May 2014).

Language Advisor (Spanish) for the University Wide Language Programme, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University (January 2014 - May 2014).

Lectured on UG module Youth Cultures, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University (single lecture 24th February 2014).


Member of organising committee for Americas Research Group Annual PG Conference March 2014 entitled Transformations and Divergences in the Americas: Exploring the reconfiguration of a Region.

Presented paper at workshop entitled Lets Talk about Sex: Femininities and Masculinities in the Americas (14th February 2014). British Library Conference Centre.

Co-convened and presented paper at one-day workshop entitled Tourism in the Americas funded by the Americas Research Group November 2013.

Presented paper at workshop entitled The Subject in/of Crisis (15TH May 2013). Newcastle University

Presented paper at workshop Posthegemony (May 2012). Newcastle University

Presented paper at HASS Faculty PG Conference (8TH May 2012). Newcastle University.

Panel co-convener and participant at SLAS 2012 Annual Conference. Panel entitled Culture, Place and Tourism in Latin America (18th-20th April 2012). Sheffield University

Presented paper at PG conference entitled Rethinking the Americas: People, Places and Cultures (15th March 2012). Americas Research Group, Newcastle University

Academic Background

MA in Latin American and Iberian Studies, Newcastle University

BA (Hons) in Modern Languages, Newcastle University