Dr João Florêncio
Lecturer in History of Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture
Telephone: 01392 724334
I hold a BA from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, an MA with Distinction from the University of Greenwich, and a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London.
My interdisciplinary research navigates the intersections of visual culture and performance with queer theory, philosophy, geohumanities and posthumanism in an attempt to rethink embodiment and the visual vis-à-vis the philosophical and political problems surrounding 'human'/'nonhuman'/'subhuman' divides in Western thought.
In 2016-17 I was Principal Investigator in the AHRC-funded project Rock/Body, which brought together various researchers from across the arts, humanities, social sciences, health, and earth sciences to investigate the human body as an interfacial zone between bio- and geo-logics.
In parallel to that, and as another development of my main research concerns, I am also researching articulations of sex, sexuality and gender identities in performance and visual culture, particularly the ways in which themes of disease, infection, risk, and non-normative sexual practices bring the non-/in-/human to bear on the production of the Self and the latter's circulation in contemporary visual ecologies.