Academically, my areas of interest are Social and Political Theory and Aesthetics, especially where both intersect. My areas of specialization are Contemporary Critical Theory and Performance Studies. I am currently working on the normative role of non-discursive aspects of social practices, attempting to assess how they might inform an aesthetically sensitive model of immanent social critique. I have written on Hegel, Marx and Contemporary Critical Theory (for details, see [CV]). I am a member of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), the Radical Philosophy Association, and the Brazilian Graduate Philosophy Association (ANPOF). I have held visiting research and study positions at Concordia University of Edmonton, Carleton University, Université de Montréal, and Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Social and Legal Studies and a Master's in Philosophy from the Catholic University in Porto Alegre (PUCRS), Brazil.
I was born in Três Coroas, Brazil, a small town home to one of the largest Vajrayana Buddhist temples in the Americas. I was a boy scout for about 12 years, where I learned 3 knots and how to make a bonfire. I left without a single merit badge, as the group I went to had an extremely low-competition environment and we all thought badges were kind of pointless. I wanted to become a judge so I went to Law school at the age of 17 (Law is an undergraduate program in Brazil). Quickly I realized my interest in Law was rather theoretical—and at points aesthetic—which made me want to get closer to philosophy, social sciences and the arts. I studied Art History for about two years. Besides Brazil, I have also lived in Canada, Germany, and the US. I have a Warburgian interest in the relations between high and popular culture in everyday life and I have written a few articles on this. I am the Co-editor of Revista Porto Alegre, an online cultural review that publishes book reviews, interviews, and articles on arts and humanities. I like to swim.