AREAS OF INTEREST
Daniel da Silva has a Ph.D. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University, and Certificate in Feminist Scholarship from the Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender. His interests in voice, music, and queer performance in Lusophone cultures were cultivated growing up in Newark, NJ's Ironbound neighborhood, as a performer, and a previous career in New York’s music industry. These experiences continue to inform his research of Performance, Gender and Sexuality, Race, and Popular Music across Lusophone cultures and within Portuguese-heritage communities. Daniel da Silva has published articles on queer iterations of Portuguese and Brazilian popular music forms and their interventions in cultural heritage.
Daniel da Silva’s forthcoming book, Trans Tessituras: Queer Repertoires and Black Diaspora in Lusophone Popular Music, analyzes the transgender and transatlantic resonances of performance, compositions, collaborations, and reception between contemporary queer artists in Brazil, Portugal, and Angola.
Trans Tessituras: Queer Repertoires and Black Diaspora in Lusophone Popular Music (forthcoming)
2019 “Black Mothers and Black Boats: Queer, Indigenous and Afro-Brazilian Intersections in Ney Matogrosso’s ‘Mãe Preta (Barco
Negro).’” Journal of Lusophone Studies 4.1(2019): pp. 208-229.
2018 “Unbearable Fadistas: António Variações and Fado as Queer Praxis.” Journal of Lusophone Studies 3.1(2018): pp. 124-147.
2017 “Transgender Voices: Of Vanishing Woods, Bodies and Breath,” Out & About Blog, Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and
Sexuality, May 8.
SELECT CONFERENCES AND TALKS
2021 “Madame X, Fadista: Madonna, Black Diaspora and Fado’s Affective Repertoir,” Diaspora Upside Down, Ohio State University
2021 “From Streets 2 Screens: Travesti and Trans Latina Activism in dialogue with Indianarae Sequeira,” Queer Aqui Working Group.
2019 “Fado’s Unbearable Voices: Female, Bicha and Black,” MLA International Symposium, Universidade Católica, Lisbon, Portugal.
2019 “Black Mothers and Black Boats: Queer, Indigenous, and Afro-Brazilian Intersections in Ney Matogrosso’s ‘Mãe Preta (Barco
Negro),’” MLA Chicago
2018 “Rethinking Gender,” Festival Albertine 2018 Re-Imagining Democracy, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York
2017 “Death and Futurity: Queer Interventions in Clarice Lispector,” The Clarice Factor: Aesthetics, Gender, and Diaspora in Brazil,
Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures with Instituto Moreira Salles, Columbia University
2016 “Dissident Folk: Protest and Performance against Austerity in Portugal,” Portuguese Honor Society, University of Massachusetts,
FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
2018 Graduate Fellowship, Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
2017 Elevitch Quasi Endowment Fellowship for Dissertation Chapter: “Angolan Trans Formations,” Department of Latin American and
Iberian Cultures, Columbia University
2012 Graduate School of Arts and Science Fellowship 2012-2019, Columbia University
2011 Phi Beta Kappa
American Portuguese Studies Association
Brazilian Studies Association
Latin American Studies Association
Modern Language Association
National Women’s Studies Association
African Studies Association
Portuguese Honor Society