As dictated by geophysics, the effects of aftershocks from an earthquake are, in most cases, unpredictable. And, doing justice to this analogy, André Belchior Sousa could hardly have predicted that Tremor would be at the epicenter of his master's thesis, meritoriously defended in 2017, at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto. A second thesis defended in 2018 at the University of the Azores and a third defended in 2020, in Coimbra, prove that the rumbling waves of this first earthquake continue to be captured by academic seismographs spread across the country.
«This is just my personal opinion, but it seems that in the field of sociology people always end up approaching the same topics and I wanted to take a different route. My thesis is called “A Tremor of Sounds in São Miguel: an extended case study and its impacts on the island of São Miguel”. The concept was to try to understand Tremor’s impact, not only from a sociocultural point of view but also in terms of economy. When I chose this topic, it was received with a bit of a shock. But the funny thing is that this thesis later started to attract some attention: I have gone to present a paper at TalkFest, I already had people from other festivals come to ask my opinion on stuff. I even ended up working backstage at the festival and meeting people I thought I would never meet in my life. But the most beautiful part of doing the thesis was that when doing the interviews, you get to know a person, their story and how this story influences the dynamics of the festival. This is my area of work, but I really think it's these stories that make Tremor what it is.»