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Dr João Florêncio

Public engagement

João believes academics have a duty to engage audiences beyond the so-called "ivory towers" of academia. Such dialogues will benefit academic work, institutions, and the various different communities and "ecologies" inhabited by academics. 

As such, besides the media engagements below, his 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 he has been interviewed by the contemporary art website Bad At Sports (here and here). 

Given his interest in collaborating with creative practitioners and exploring different modes of knowledge production and circulation, João has 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). He has also devised a performance piece with Chicago-based artist and poet Devin King, entitled Of Things in Motion and Things at Rest, presented at ]performance s p a c e[ in London (October 2012) as part of Performance Matters' "Potentials of Performance."

Further to that, and within the scope of his AHRC-funded research network Rock/Body, João has also curated an exhibition and performance programme featuring work by artists exploring interfaces between the human body and the geologic (University of Exeter, September, 2016) 


Contribution to discipline

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 I was a founding member of PSi's Future Advisory Board (2015-17).

He is a Section Editor for Cultural Studies & Critical Theory at the Open Library of Humanities.


In terms of approach to research, his work is marked by a commitment to "queering" as a methodology for disciplinary border-crossings. In doing so, he attempts to respond to recent social, scientific and political developments, and to contemporary academic debates that have accompanied and contributed to the blurring of the disciplinary boundaries that used to separate the humanities from the sciences.




João's latest media contributions include: