Daniel da Silva

Daniel da Silva
Graduate Student Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures / Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality


Daniel da Silva researches gender and sexuality in the Lusophone world through performance, music and popular culture. He was awarded the 2018-2019 Graduate Fellowship by the Institute of Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, and his article, "Unbearable Fadistas: António Variações and Fado as Queer Praxis," was published in the JLS, the Journal of Lusophone Studies, 3.1 (Spring 2018).

Academic Statement

Through a transdisciplinary approach to the problems, questions and archives of my classes, we work out from under, as position and goal, the canons of Performance Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the study of Iberian and Latin American culture, to locate the different iterations and formations of power as they move through bodies of culture and of people. Beyond allotting a reciprocal amount of time to different forms of media, I structure a syllabus attuned to the ways in which people and power matter differently depending on how the story is told, what mode of media is used, and who is doing the telling. Classes are propelled by discussion and task-based interaction, student to student, student-to-archive, in a mutual process of discovery and critique. Mindful of the intimacies of human bodies and relationships, I hope to instill a sense of sustained critical thought as intervention, of student as activist, with the creative potential to make meaning of their lives, invested not only in the processing of information, but in knowledge production that is personal and powerful.