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Moura, Hudson



PhD (Film Studies and Comparative Literature): Université de Montréal




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Dr. Hudson Moura is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.  His passion for cinema has led him to a variety of different fields and perspectives including art, philosophy, and media and literary studies.  In addition to a PhD in Film Studies and Comparative Literature from the Université de Montréal, he holds an M.A. in Semiotics from PUC-São Paulo, and a B.A. in Journalism from UFES, Brazil.  As a postdoctoral fellow in cultural studies and cinema at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, he pursued teaching and academic research investigating interculturality and emergent cinematic forms.

Before joining Ryerson, Hudson taught at several universities including the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and Université de Montréal in Canada; Universidade Federal de São Carlos in Brazil; and Universidade do Algarve in Portugal.

Dr. Moura has published steadily in French, Brazilian, American, Portuguese, and Canadian academic refereed journals and books. He is an associate member of CRI-Center for Research on Intermediality at the Université de Montréal, and CEO-Centro de Estudos da Oralidade at PUC-SP. He is the guest editor of a special issue of the Université de Montréal’s journal Cinémas focusing on contemporary Brazilian cinema.

Dr. Moura’s audiovisual productions have profiled filmmakers and artists such as Orides Fontella and Amylton de Almeida.  In addition, he serves as a film programmer, hands-on workshop facilitator, and producer in two film festivals in Toronto, BRAFFTV and Diaspora. 

Research Interests:

Diaspora and Exile Studies
Transnational, diasporic and intercultural practices in communications, literature, new media and cinema. Effects of globalization and technology on contemporary society and culture. Aesthetic, historical and political issues in cross-cultural analysis.

Screen Culture and Intermediality
Digital and mobile screens, snack and social media.

Translation and Subtitles
Convergence of analogical, electronic and digital. Media literacy.

Hispanic and Luso-Afro-Brazilian Cinema and Literature
History and aesthetics of national cinemas. Modern and contemporary literature and literary adaptations into cinema.

Philosophy and Film
Film theory and analysis based on philosophy and literary theories of Gilles Deleuze and Maurice Blanchot.

Current Courses:

In the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson, Hudson teaches

  • POL128: Politics and Film
  • POG444: Politics, Media, and Technology.

Selected Publications:

Refereed Publications


  • “Unreasoned Speeches: Questioning Black Diaspora Discourse in Brazilian Documentaries.” Special issue Identités et mémoires au cinéma, CinémAction (Paris, ed. Corlet), forthcoming, 2016.
  • “Da experiência da linguagem à busca pela redenção do exílio em Pai Patrão de Paolo e Vittorio Taviani,” Lumina 7:2 (2014): 1-13.
  • “L’ascension du cinéma moderne brésilien,” Cinémas 22:1 (Fall 2011): 7-39.
  • Great directors: Nelson Pereira dos Santos,” Senses of Cinema 60 (Fall 2011).
  • “Les glissements des images dans la géographie intermédiale de la diaspora chez Atom Egoyan,” Canadart XVII (2011) 131-143.
  • “Capixaba Cinema Counterpointing the Revival of Brazilian National Cinema,” RUA, special edition Globalization and Regionalization (May 2011) 16-18.
  • “Os encontros interculturais inesperados no cinema quebequense e brasileiro.” Devires 5:2 (2009) 15-27.
  • Le cinéma émergent et ses pratiques interculturelles.” Revue du Gresec - Les enjeux de l’information et de la communication. (April 2007).
  • Le processus créatif du cinéma interculturel dans l’exil – les frontières de l’expérience chez Glauber Rocha, Sandra Kogut et Atom Egoyan.” Interfaces 6 (2006) 131-144.
  • “A sedução do cinema de gênero: O terror dramático de Walter Salles e o thriller de espionagem de Fernando Meirelles.” Sinopse - Revista de Cinema 11, Year VIII (2006) 67-78.
  • Glauber Rocha et l’Image-Exil de Claro.Cinémas 15:1 (2005) 81-103.
  • “A narrativa e a estética do cinema documental brasileiro contemporâneo nas obras de Eduardo Coutinho.” Olhar 10/11 (2005) 17-26.
  • “La question de l’être et le monde dans la vision de l’exilé.” In Abecan – Brazilian Association of Canadian Studies, CD-Rom (2003) 1-15.
  • “L’entre l’image analogique et l’image électronique: Des mouvements et des passages dans l’espace de l’intermédialité.” Visio 8:1-2 (spring 2003) 353-360.

Edited Journals – Special Issues:

  • Trajectoires du cinema brésilien contemporain,” issue focusing on contemporary Brazilian cinema with articles from very well known Brazilian film scholars: Ismail Xavier, Consuelo Lins, Stella Senra, and others. Cinémas 22:1 (Fall 2011).
  • “Jerusa Pires Ferreira Dossier,” a collection of 50 documents including articles, biographies, interviews, and book reviews. Articles by Jacques Migozzi, Wladimir Krisinski, J. Guinsburg, and Marlyse Meyer. Intermídias 8, Year 4 (February 2008).


  • “Zumthor et la voix poétique au Cinema Novo de Glauber Rocha et Vladimir Carvalho.” Special issue on Paul Zumthor, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, forthcoming.
  • “Exile Narratives in Contemporary Cinema/Narrativas de exílio no cinema contemporâneo.” In Cinema, Globalização, Transculturalidade, ed. Ramayana Lyra, 105-118. Blumenau: Nova
    Letra, 2014.
  • “Ricardo Sternberg et le récit déplacé dans la littérature brésilienne,” Cartographies littéraires du Brésil actuel: espaces, acteurs et mouvements sociaux, Université Rennes 2, France.
  • “Double Aspiration/Double Belonging: A Brief Overview of the Brazilian Presence in Canada.” In Sharing Spaces: Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: Celebrating Regional Sports in the Americas. English 143-147; French 351-355; Portuguese 413-417. Toronto, Antares, 2015.
  • “Interculturalities in Global Cinemas: Translation, Commodities, and Genres in Contemporary Cinema.” In Permanent TransitDiscourses and Maps of the Intercultural Experience, ed. Clara Sarmento, 29-36. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
  • “L’expérience de filmer l’entre-cultures à la première personne chez Gariné Torossian et Sandra Kogut.” In Mobilités culturelles – Cultural Mobilitiesed. Walter Moser and Pascal Gin, 269-298. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2011.
  • “Subtitling Jia Zhangke’s Films: Intermediality, Digital Technology, and the Varieties of Foreignness in Global Cinema.” In Global Media, Culture, and Identity: Theory, Cases, and Approaches, ed. Rohit Chopra and Radhika Gajjala, 188-202. London/New York: Routledge, 2011.
  • Sharing Bites on Global Cinema Screens: The Emergence of Snack Culture.” In Global Media Convergence and Cultural Transformation: Emerging Social Patterns and Characteristics, ed. Dal Yong Jin, 37-49. Hershey: IGI Global Publishing, 2011.
  • “O cinema intercultural na era da globalização.” In Cinema, Globalização e Interculturalidade, ed. Denilson Lopes and Andréa França, 43-66. Chapecó: Argos Editora, 2010.
  • “O cinema da diáspora no Canadá.” In Nas Margens: Ensaios sobre teatro, cinema e meio digitais, ed. Gabriela Borges, 109-117. Lisboa: Editora Gradiva, 2010.
  • “L’intraductibilité des cultural studies dans les études cinématographiques francophones : le cinéma interculturel et le cinéma d’exil.” In Les 'Cultural Studies' dans les mondes francophones. (i)Précisions, imprécisions, conceptualization, ed. Boulou Ebanda de B'béri, 239-262. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2010.
  • “Le montage interculturel et intermédial de l’identité arménienne chez les cinéastes canadiens Atom Egoyan et Gariné Torossian,” InMontage des Identités, ed. Sophie-Jan Arrien and Jean-Pierre Sirois-Trahan, 130-147. Quebec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2008.
  • “Les rencontres inattendues et interculturelles dans les cinémas brésilien et québécois.” In Échanges Brésil-Québec Conference. Les savoirs en mouvement, ed. Licia Soares de Souza and Jean Fisette. GIRA-UQAM, Université du Québec à Montréal and Universidade Federal da Bahia, CD-Rom, 2008.
  • “As fronteiras intermidiáticas do exílio no cinema intercultural.”  InOlhar: Cinema, ed. Josette Monzani and Bernadette Lyra, 250-259. São Paulo: Pedro & João Editores/CECH-UFSCar, 2006.
  • "Oralidade e Fabulação no Cinema Documentário." In Oralidade em Tempo e Espaço: Colóquio Internacional Paul Zumthor, ed. Jerusa Pires Ferreira, 173-182. São Paulo: Educ/Fapesp, 1999.

Selected Non-Refereed Activity


  • “Saudade no Cinema: Os intervalos contemplativos em Terra Estrangeira de Walter Salles.” Revista Brasil Cultural da Embaixada do Brasil em Lima, Peru (forthcoming).
  • “Diversity and Regionalization in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema.” In Catalog of the 5th Brafftv – Brazilian Film and Television Festival of Toronto, 2011, p. 2.
  • Crossing the Boundaries of the Cinematic Screen in Doug Aitken’s Sleepwalkers” (with Natalie Panovic). Intermedias Review (18 April 2011).
  • Entrevista com Prof. Hudson Moura,” by Gabriela Borges, CIAC, Portugal, 2009.
  • “Clichês interculturais segundo Gilles Deleuze." Intermídias 4:8 (February 2008).
  • O exílio e a morte simbólica no cinema e na literatura popular dos homens que viraram suco.” BOCC – Biblioteca Online da Comunicação, Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal, 2005.
  • “Entrevista con diretor e cinematógrafo Walter Carvalho.” Sumérgete 25 Cinemateque International Forum. Conaculta and Cineteca Nacional de Mexico (September 2005) 107-110.
  • Walter Salles.”  Vidas Lusófonas, Lisbon, 2005.
  • "A construção memorial do olhar fotográfico." Intermídias  1:1 (November 2004).
  • “Uma ode ao cinema capixaba." Target Magazine 26 (November, 2004): 48.
  • “John Wayne: Ícone do faroeste." A Gazeta (Vitoria, Brazil) Caderno 2 (06 August 2004): 6.


  • “Mon homme original.” review of Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy. Intermedias Review 17 October 2010.
  • “O Brasil é negro. Vancouver celebra a música brasileira através do olhar estrangeiro." Intermídias 2:3 (October 2005).
  • “A propósito dos segredos do documentário." Intermídias 1:2 (01 March 2005).

Short Story

  • “The Coming” (A chegada). Hélios 4:3 (2000): 20-22.

Photo Essay

  • “Vale de Tia Neiva: Construção de uma utopia."  Photo-poetic essay for The Semiotic.  São Paulo: PUC Communication and Semiotics graduate program, August 1995, p. 5.

Professional Affiliations:

Research Centres

  • Member, Center for Memory and Testimonies Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University (since 2014)
  • Associate Researcher, Center for Research on Orality, coordinated by Jerusa Pires Ferreira, Communication and Semiotics graduate program, PUC-Catholic University of São Paulo (since 1994)
  • Associate Researcher, Center for Research on Intermediality (CRI), Université de Montréal (since 1999)

Affiliated to

  • Latin American Studies at University of Toronto
  • Instituto Camões
  • Departamento de Línguas Estrangeiras e Tradução da Universidade de Brasília

Editorial Board

  • Journal of Linguistics and Literature Studies,
  • Entrelacs des Arts & Effet de Vie

Peer-Reviewer (Journals)

  • Tusaaji: A Translation Review
  • LARR-Latin American Review
  • Journal of Linguistics and Literature Studies
  • Arena Romanistica
  • Momento-Diálogos em Educação
  • Journal of Intercultural

Reviewer (Publishers)

  • Routledge
  • IGI Publishing


  • Bilingualism and Biculturalism Commission
  • Learned Societies
    • Film Studies Association of Canada
    • ABECAN
    • ACLA
    • ACS
    • ACFAS
    • BRASA
    • CCA
    • FSAC
    • LASA
    • NeMLA
    • SCMS
    • SOCINE
    • Visible Evidence

Spoken Languages:

English, French, Portuguese, Spanish