Fabio Santos


International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

PhD Candidate

Field of Activity

Project: "Bridging fluid Borders: Entangled Spaces along the French-Brazilian Border"

Address Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin
Email santosfabio@zedat.fu-berlin.de

Education and Work Experience in academia

Since April 2016

PhD Student | International Research Training Group “Between Spaces” | Freie Universität Berlin

2015 – 2016

Pre-PhD (Programa de Pós-Graduação) | Universidade de São Paulo & Fieldwork in the border region of Brazil and French Guiana

2014 – 2015

Student Assistant | Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa | Freie Universität Berlin

2013 – 2015

Master of Arts | Sociology – European Societies | Freie Universität Berlin | M.A. Thesis: „Eurafrica and Mayotte: Shared and Divided Histories in Academia and Media“ (Prof. Dr. Manuela Boatcă & Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa)

2013 – 2014

Student Assistant | Dahlem Research School | Freie Universität Berlin

2011 – 2012

Student Assistant | Sprachenzentrum | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2009 – 2012

Bachelor of Arts | European Ethnology & Cultural History and Theory | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & London Metropolitan University | B.A. Thesis: “The ethnographic eye. Techniques of Visualization in João Biehl’s Contemporary Ethnographies” (Prof. Dr. Michi Knecht & Dr. Maren Klotz)


Since April 2016

PhD Scholarship (“Between Spaces”)

2014 – 2016

Masters and pre-PhD Scholarship (“Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”)

2013 – 2014

Masters Scholarship (“Deutschlandstipendium”)

Work experience beyond academia


Internship | Federal Foreign Office | International Academic Relations Division


Internship | Goethe-Institut Madrid | Culture Department


Internship (ASA) | Servicio Ignaciano del Voluntariado (Quito) | Development Cooperation


Student Assistant | Doctors without Borders (Berlin) | Major Donors Division


Internship | Goethe-Institut Berlin | Culture Department


Voluntary Service | Barcelona Voluntària | Coordination of the European Voluntary Service

Bridging fluid Borders: Entangled Spaces along the French-Brazilian Border

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa (FU Berlin)

My dissertation project addresses the constitution of spaces in the border region which separates and/or unites Saint-Georges (French Guiana) and Oiapoque (Brazil). As the final constructions of the bridge crossing the border river Oyapock are underway, new questions arise along this highly neglected and contested frontier. As a paradoxical outcome of this ‘uniting’ bridge, new mechanisms of border control seem to limit local taken-for-granted practices of mobility and exchange. Yet at the same time, these practices – whether maintained or converted – create new spaces which can both stabilize and subvert spaces institutionalized ‘from above’. Drawing on a relational and processual understanding of space (Löw 2001), I aim to shed light on the dynamic constructions of and experiences in overlapping spaces by conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Oiapoque, Saint-Georges and the transnational ‘in between’.

2013. Fotografie als Gegenstand und Methode der Ethnologie. In: Falk Blask et al. (eds.): Update in Progress. Beiträge zu einer ethnologischen Medienforschung. Berliner Blätter 64/2013, Berlin, pp. 142-151.

2011. Kinder und Jugendliche in der Mall. Ein ethnologisches Feldforschungsprojekt. In: feldnotizen 5/2011, Berlin, pp. 47-55. (Co-authored with Laura-Sophia Schulz, Natalie Schütze and Elsbeth Wacker)