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Rubens Mascarenhas Neto


Freie Universität Berlin

ZI Lateinamerika-Institut



  • seit Nov. 2019: Promovierender in Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie an der Freien Universität Berlin/ Lateinamerika-Institut
  • Okt. 2016 – Apr. 2017: Gaststudent – Birkbeck Institute for Gender and Sexuality (BiGS) und Raphael Samuel History Centre (RSHC). Birkbeck, University of London, London
  • Mar. 2015 – Feb. 2018: Master in Sozialanthropologie – PPGAS, Unicamp
  • Apr. 2014 – Jul. 2014: Gaststudent – Centre Européen de Sociologie et Science Politique de la Sorbonne (CESSP-Paris)/ EHESS
  • Mar. 2011 – Dec. 2014: Studium in Sozialwissenschaften – IFCH/Unicamp


  • Jun. 2019 – Aug. 2019: Stipendiat Teststipendium für potentielle internationale Doktorand. Centre for International Cooperation (CIC) Freie Universität Berlin (FU-Berlin)
  • Okt. 2016 – Apr. 2017: Stipendiat BE.EP.MS-FAPESP – Birkbeck, University of London
  • Mai. 2015 – Nov. 2017: Stipendiat (Master) BP.MS-FAPESP – Unicamp
  • Apr. 2014 – Jul. 2014: Stipendiat BE. EP. IC-FAPESP – CESSP-Paris/ EHESS
  • Aug. 2013 – Nov. 2014: Stipendiat (Iniciação Científica) BP.IC-FAPESP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) (Campinas, Brazil).
  • Aug.2012 – Jul. 2013: Stipendiat (Iniciação Científica) PIBIC-Unicamp/CNPq – Núcleo de Estudos de Gênero Pagu/ Unicamp


Sozialanthropologie – Lateinamerika-Studien – Queer Studien – Postkoloniale Theorie


10.2016 – 04.2017: Gaststudent in Birkbeck, University of London/ BiGS/RSHC (London, Großbritannien)

03.2015 – 02.2018: Forschung für Masterarbeit an Universität Campinas/ Abteilung Anthropology (Campinas, Brasilien)

04.2014 – 07.2014: Gaststudent an École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)/ Centre de Sociologie Européenne (CSE) (Paris, Frankreich).

08.2013 – 11.2014: Forschung für Bachelorarbeit an Universität Campinas/ Abteilung Soziologie (Campinas, Brasilien).

08.2012 – 07.2013: Forschung im Rahmen des Bachelors an Universität Campinas/ Zentrum für Gender Studien (PAGU) (Campinas, Brasilien).


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

Betreuerinnen: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stephanie Schütze, Freie Universität Berlin

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, Brasilien.


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

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


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