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Dr João Florêncio

Public engagement

I believe academics have a duty to engage audiences beyond the so-called "ivory towers" of academia. Such dialogues will benefit our own work, our institutions, and the various different communities and "ecologies" we inhabit. 

As such, besides the media engagements below, my work has been featured in the catalogues of art exhibitions such as Field Static (Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, 2012) and Ghost Nature (Gallery 400, Chicago and La Box, Bourges, 2014) and I have been interviewed by the contemporary art website Bad At Sports (here and here). 

Given my interest in collaborating with creative practitioners and exploring different modes of knowledge production and circulation, I have contributed work to various art and performance events, most recently the performance If/Then by Lisa Alexander and Hari Marini (Camden People's Theatre, London, September 2016) and the online exhibition Institutional Garbage (Sector 2337, Chicago, September-December 2016). 

Further to that, and within the scope of an AHRC-funded research project I led, I have also curated the exhibition  and performance programme Rock/Body (University of Exeter, September, 2016) 


Contribution to discipline

I am 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.

In terms of approach to research, my work is marked by a commitment to explore disciplinary and methodological border-crossings in an attempt to better respond to the ontological and epistemological challenges raised by the ongoing ecological crisis, particularly the ways in which it blurs the boundaries between the objects of the sciences and those of the humanities.



My latest media contributions include: