I received my PhD by undertaking a multi-sited ethnographic research Everyday Practices of Transnational Living: Making Sense of Brasiguaio identities, in which my focus was on capturing the socio-cultural dimensions of Brasiguaios’ daily practices, identities, and aspirations. In the bordering towns of Ponta Porã (Brazil) and Pedro Juan Caballero (Paraguay), my study as deeply marked by the subjects’ everyday circulation and engagement in the socioeconomic life across both cities/countries, as if both towns/countries were one single place. In the ‘Brasiguaio landless camp’ in Itaquiraí (Brazil), my work was characterised by the subjects’ pursuit of land for subsistence farming in Brazil and Paraguay. Information about my scholarly work is available at www.transnationalism.info.
In parallel to my PhD research, I produced the award-wining ethnographic film Brasiguaios: Transnational Lives and Identities. The objective of this documentary was to use filming as a method to gather and present the Brasiguaios' immigration narratives while living in Paraguay and their everyday life in the landless camp Antônio Irmão, known as the Brasiguaios’ landless camp, in the town of Itaquiraí (MS) in Brazil, often affecting the social relations in both countries. The film has already been exhibited in the UK and abroad. The trailer and further information are available at www.brasiguaios.com.
My PhD research would not have been possible without the support of Brasiguaios who shared their time and life stories. I am also grateful for the institutional support received from the Department of Sociology, Institute of Teaching and Learning (IATL) and Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at University of Warwick; Brazilian Rural Workers' Landless Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra - MST), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and the UK Society for Latin America Studies (SLAS).
My interests include, but they are not limited to, transnationalism, mass media, cultural diplomacy, and visual research methods. My region of expertise is Latin America, particularly Brazil, but I have an increasing interest in the Middle East, with focus on Saudi Arabia, and its links forged with Latin American countries.
After leaving the University of Warwick, I am an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Global and Social Studies at KFUPM, Saudi Arabia. I am still affiliated to Warwick, I am an Associate Fellow, and Editor of Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal, in the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Warwick. Visit Exchanges and our Call for papers here.