My name is Bruno, and I am a junior researcher at the Institute for Comparative Literature Margarida Losa (U. Porto). I hold a Ph.D in Materialities of Literature (U. Coimbra). Since 2017, I have been a co-editor of the Digital Archive of Portuguese Experimental Literature (U. Fernando Pessoa). I am currently the Principal Investigator of the research project To See the Tree and the Forest. Reading the Poetry of António Ramos Rosa from a Distance (FCT 2022.08122.PTDC). I am also a poet and performer who believes in a practice-based research model for knowledge production.

My research sits at the intersection of literary studies, media studies and cultural studies, with an emphasis on intermediality and comparative media. My work focuses mainly on experimental poetry, copy art and electronic literature. My primary goal has always been to develop a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of how literary art forms engage with material and technological aspects of media. I am particularly interested in examining what this reveals about the social dimensions of writing and reading across different media and at different times.

A second line of my research concerns the role of digital methodologies in the production and dissemination of knowledge. I have participated in several research projects in the digital humanities and have a long-standing interest in computational methods and theories for literary research. I am also broadly interested in the postdigital, the posthuman, the posthumanities and other posteriorities at both ends of non-linear spacetime geometries.

Why hackingthetext.net?

This personal website aims to aggregate the dispersed info about my research and artistic work, both seen here as inseparable. hackingthetext.net provides updated lists of research articles published in scientific journals and papers presented at conferences (see here). On the website, I also provide links to the poetic works I have been creating (check it here).

As I see it, poets and researchers should do with language what hackers do with computational systems:

Hackers believe that essential lessons can be learned about the systems – about the world – from taking things apart, seeing how they work, and using this knowledge to create new and even more interesting things.

Steven Levy. Hackers: Heroes of the computer revolution.
New York: Delta, 1985. P. 24.

I am not sure I can do things in a more interesting way than others who preceded me or the ones who are my peers. I prefer to think that the scientific and artistic fields are domains of continuous diachronic instantiation that ask for a synchronic collaboration within the present and toward the future.

contact info
brunoministro [at] hackingthetext [dot] net