Faculty

  • Portrait
  • Daniel Da Silva
  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
  • PH.D. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
  • Office: AB-5180
  • Phone: 848.932.6968
  • Email: ddsilva@rutgers.edu

 

 

 

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. 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS
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.  

 

 

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

Books
Trans Tessituras: Queer Repertoires and Black Diaspora in Lusophone Popular Music
(forthcoming)

Articles
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.

Online
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,
           Dartmouth

 

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

 

MEMBERSHIPS
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