Dr João Florêncio

Lecturer in History of Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture


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Telephone: 01392 724334

João holds a BA from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal (2006), an MA with Distinction from the University of Greenwich (2008), and a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London (2014).

Before coming to Exeter, he held lecturing positions at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Central St Martins - University of the Arts London, Goldsmiths, University of London, City and Guilds of London Art School, and the University of Portsmouth.

João's interdisciplinary teaching and research navigates the intersections of modern and contemporary visual culture and performance with queer theory, philosophy, medical humanities and the posthumanities in an attempt to think inhuman forms of embodiment, ethics and community.

In 2016-17 he was Principal Investigator in the AHRC-funded project Rock/Body, which brought together 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 his main scholarly interests, João also researches articulations of sex, sexuality and subjectivities in performance and visual culture, particularly the ways in which themes of disease, infection, risk, and non-normative sexual practices bring the inhuman to bear on the production of the Self and the latter's circulation in contemporary visual ecologies. That work feeds into his upcoming monograph, Becoming-Pig: Bareback Porn, Porous Masculinities, Queer Futures  (Routledge, forthcoming). 


João is an affiliate member of the Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities and a member of the Sexual Knowledge Research Unit, both based at the University of Exeter. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of PSi: Performance Studies international in the role of Digital Communications Officer (2017-2021), and he was a founding member of PSi's Future Advisory Board (2015-17). He is also a Section Editor for Cultural Studies & Critical Theory at the Open Library of Humanities.