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Rubens Mascarenhas Neto

Freie Universität Berlin

Latin American Institute

Doctoral student


11.2019: PhD. candidate in Social and Cultural Anthropology – Freie Universität Berlin

2015 – 2018: Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology - Post-Graduate Program in Social Anthropology (PPGAS), University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil

2011 – 2014: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences - Institute of Philosophy and Humanities (IFCH), University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil


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


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).


Project: Transnational cabarets: transposing borders of gender, sex, art and nation”

Supervisor: Prof. Dr Stephanie Schütze, Freie Universität Berlin

This research proposal is concerned with understanding the relationships between erotism and exoticism around meanings and usages of categories of race and nationality in the context of 1960s-1980s transgender cabaret culture in Paris and Berlin. The scope is concentrated primarily in the symbols mobilised around Brazilian travesti artists. The importance of Brazilian artists in the context of travesti/transgender cabaret performances in the aforementioned period is due to their significant presence in those places, and, later, in sex-work. The research is based upon documentary sources found in public archives, interviews, and participant observation in the cabarets that remain open.


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)

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)

MSc. Dissertation

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