Dr João Florêncio


João completed his undergraduate degree in Musicology in Portugal at the New University of Lisbon. He then moved to the UK and received an MA with Distinction in Media Arts Philosophy and Practice from the University of Greenwich and a PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London, under a doctoral scholarship awarded by the FCT, the Portuguese research council. 

Whilst at Goldsmiths, he 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, he 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.

In the past few years, João has collaborated with several artists, independent publishers, curators and galleries in various creative projects both in the UK and abroad.

He was a founding member of the Future Advisory Board of PSi - Performance Studies international (2015-2017) and has recently been elected to the Board of Directors of Performance Studies international in the role of Digital Communications Officer (2017-2020). He has also recently taken up the role of External Examiner for the "Constellations" cross-programme theory module at the Cardiff School of Art and Design (2017-2021).

At Exeter, João is the Senior Misconduct Officer for Humanities, the academic representative on the Art History and Visual Culture Students-Staff Liaison Committee, and carries out employability and Widening Participation duties for the AHVC degree programme. He also represents Early-Career Academics in the Modern Languages Strategy Group and is a member of the College of Humanities Inclusivity Group.

Since moving to Exeter, João has taken up the role of Section Editor for Cultural Studies and Critical Theory at the Open Library of Humanities, and has conducted peer-reviewing for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and reviewed book proposals for Bloomsbury Academic and articles submitted to the journals SubjectivityFeminist ReviewPerformance Philosophy and GPS: Global Performance Studies

An active member of UCU and UCU Left, João also sits on the University of Exeter UCU branch committee as Equalities Officer, holds that same role on the UCU South West Regional Committee, and is a member of the national UCU LGBT+ Members Standing Committee.