Dr João Florêncio


I completed my undergraduate degree in Portugal at the New University of Lisbon. I then moved to the UK and received an MA with Distinction from the University of Greenwich and a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London, under a doctoral scholarship awarded by the FCT, the Portuguese research council. 

Whilst at Goldsmiths, my research investigated the ways in which current theories of 'performance' and 'theatricality' can be expanded beyond the human and illuminate the ways in which all bodies—human and nonhuman alike—encounter and grasp one another both within and beyond the walls of theatres and exhibition spaces. As a PhD student, I was also an Associated Researcher of Performance Matters, an AHRC-funded research project coordinated by Goldsmiths, the Live Art Development Agency, and the University of Roehampton.

Before joining the University of Exeter as a full time lecturer in 2015, I held various visiting, associate, and part time lecturer positions at Goldsmiths, Central Saint Martins, Trinity Laban, the City and Guilds of London Art School, and the University of Portsmouth.