Ícaro Carvalho is a graduate student who focuses his studies in Brazilian geographical spaces and social classes through literature, cinema and music lyrics. His masters' thesis aimed to voice the social, political and cultural conflicts of the 20th century urban Brazilian working class by studying its background and its impact on the subsequent decades. Moreover, the study analyzed how these people expressed themselves artistically in such a harsh and unique environment. Ícaro Carvalho’s current main interests are historical studies, studies of social classes and narrative studies in general, through the dialogue of different media, specially films and literature written in Portuguese. Besides his experience teaching Portuguese language, Brazilian literature and creative writing at university context, he has also published articles, book chapters and has presented at academic events.
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I’m interested in Brazilian contemporary poetry, in particular I am looking at the relationship between resistance and poetry from a marginal trope. The 1922 Generation of Brazilian Modernists and the Mimeograph Generation in the early 1970s later on, rose important questions about language, identity, representation, authorship, and circulation of poetry. I believe the works associated with “marginal poetics” in Brazil can help us to better understand current debates in literary criticism about legitimacy, canon and the sociopolitical role of art. Some of the questions I am engaging with are: How does poetry resist? What do we consider marginal when operating in a poetic realm? How can we think of poe(li)tic(al) activism from a transnational and intergenerational point of view? How are the marginal ethos and praxis appropriated and revisited in today’s poetic production?
Abe Kassis works on Brazilian cinema through the relationship that cinema has with queer realities in Brazil.
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My doctoral research inquiries are related to the Brazilian telenovela costume design itself, and how an artistically crafted object being treated as a material thing born in a fictional narrative, when comes to commercial and cultural circulation may weave shapes, colors and silhouettes. Does the Brazilian telenovela costume designs materiality make culture? If so, how Brazilian telenovela costume designs personify Brazilian design and constitute their aesthetics references? How media and fashion industries may have embedded race and gender? Would these costume designs be a materialized practice of racial capitalism? How media and fashion industries may demonstrate in Angola social and political affairs?
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Raquel Zandomeneghi works on Latin American literature, especially written by women, and its relations with the social context and with nature.