Dr João Florêncio

Lecturer in History of Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture


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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, medical humanities and posthumanism in an attempt to rethink embodiment, ethics and community beyond the "Human."

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. 

I am 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.

I am also a founding member of the Future Advisory Board of Performance Studies International, and a Section Editor for Cultural Studies & Critical Theory at the Open Library of Humanities.