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Rubens Mascarenhas Neto


Freie Universität Berlin

Latin American Institute

Doctoral student


  • since nov. 2019: PhD candidate in Social and Cultural Anthropology – FU-Berlin/LAI

  • oct. 2016 – apr. 2017: Visiting Student – Birkbeck Institute for Gender and Sexuality (BiGS)/ Raphael Samuel History Centre (RSHC)/ Birkbeck, University of London.

  • mar. 2015 – feb. 2018: MSc in Social Anthropology – PPGAS/Unicamp.

  • apr. 2014 – jul. 2014: Visiting Student – Centre Européen de Sociologie et Science Politique de la Sorbonne (CESSP-Paris)/ EHESS. [Funding]

  • mar. 2011 – dec. 2014: BSc in Social Sciences – IFCH/Unicamp

Scholarships and Grants

  • jun. 2019 – aug. 2019: Partial Scholarship for potential International Doctoral Candidates – CIC/FU-Berlin
  • oct. 2016 – apr. 2017: BE. EP. MS – FAPESP - Birkbeck, University of London
  • may 2015 – nov. 2017: Masters’ Research Scholarship BP.MS-FAPESP – Unicamp
  • apr. 2014 – jul. 2014: BE.EP.IC-FAPESP - CESSP-Paris/ EHESS
  • aug. 2013 – nov. 2014: Undergraduate Research Scholarship BP. IC-FAPESP Unicamp
  • aug. 2012 – jul. 2013: Undergraduate Research Scholarship PIBIC-Unicamp/CNPq – Centre for Gender Studies Pagu/Unicamp

Resarch topica

Social Anthropology – Latin-American Studies – Queer Studies – Post-Colonial Theory

Research experience

10.2016 – 04.2017: Visiting Student at Birkbeck, University of London/ BiGS/RSHC (London, United Kingdom).

03.2015 – 02.2018: Master's Researcher at University of Campinas/ Department of Anthropology (Campinas, Brazil)

04.2014 – 07.2014: Visiting Student at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)/ Centre de Sociologie Européenne (CSE) (Paris, France).

08.2013 – 11.2014: Undergraduate Researcher at University of Campinas/ Department of Sociology (Campinas, Brazil).

08.2012 – 07.2013: Undergraduate Researcher at University of Campinas/ Centre for Gender Studies (PAGU) (Campinas, Brazil).


Working Title: The Travelling Venuses: Brazilian Travestis, Transformistas and Drag Queens in German Travestieshow (1960s-Today)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr Stephanie Schütze

Since the 1960s Brazilian travestis, transformistasand drag queens have been performing on stages in Western Europe. This proposal analyses the constitution of artistic and professional careers of Brazilian migrants in the Travestieshow scene in Germany, from the 1960s onwards, observing transformations and continuities in a globalized entertainment market. By investigating migration projects related to artistic careers, the proposal addresses gaps in the scholarship on Brazilian migration to Germany and LGBTQ migration from Brazil to Europe. Through an analysis of the social markers of difference (such as race and nationality) in both artists’ and media discourses, I seek to understand the role of racial and national stereotypes in artistic careers and the entertainment sector. The methodology is based on archive research, in-depth interviews, participant observation, and digital ethnography. Research outputs consist of an ethnography of Brazilian migrant artists in Germany, theoretical developments on migration, social markers of difference and anthropology of transnational networks.


Mascarenhas Neto, R. (2020) “Da praça aos palcos: caminhos da construção de uma carreira drag queen”. Editora Devires, Salvador, Brazil.


Zanoli, V. & Mascarenhas, R. (2019). “We are favela: an ethnographic account on the production of identities, cultures and places”. In: Brunnström, P. & Claesson, R. (Eds) Creating the City: Identity, Memory and Participation. Conference proceedings (pp. 421-440). Malmö University Publications in Urban Studies - MAPIUS (23), Sweden. doi: 10.24834/2043/28212

Mascarenhas Neto, R. & Zanoli, V. (2019). "Black, LGBT and from the favelas: an ethnographic account on disidentificatory performances of an activist group in Brazil". Culture Unbound, 11(1), pp. 124-140. doi: 10.3384/cu.2000.1525.2019111124 (Peer-reviewed)

Mascarenhas Neto, R. & Zanoli, V. (2016) “Escola, política, família e religião: disputas em torno da chamada ideologia de gênero”. Novos Debates - fórum de debates em antropologia, 2(1), pp. 77-81. Retrieved from: http://novosdebates.abant.org.br/images/pdf/v2n2.pdf (Peer-reviewed)

Masters’ Thesis

Mascarenhas Neto, R. (2018). “Da praça aos palcos: trânsitos e redes de jovens drag queens em Campinas-SP”. (Master’s Dissertation, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil). Retrieved from: http://repositorio.unicamp.br/jspui/handle/REPOSIP/331215