Dr. Fernando dos Santos Baldraia Sousa
Fernando Baldraia concluded his undergraduate studies in History at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in 2003. However, it was his engagement in grass roots organizations in the periphery of Osasco (São Paulo) as well as his involvement with afro-Brazilian culture what brought him to Germany, to work as assistant in a capoeira group. There, he obtained his Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Latin-American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (2012) with a scholarship from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. A doctoral degree, focusing on the Black Atlantic and recent Brazilian historiography of slavery, came soon afterwards in 2017, as a conclusion of his involvement in the International Research Training Group Between Spaces (FU Berlin).
His current research aims to refine the notion of difference that underlies the situational and relational epistemological approach as proposed in Mecila’s research programme. In order to carry out this task, he takes the intellectual exchange between Axel Honneth and Nancy Fraser on the issues of recognition and redistribution as a paradigmatic case, to build a basis on which the concept of difference can be reframed. Specifically, this involves drawing largely from critical racial studies and from queer and feminist theories, as well as from postcolonial approaches to Latin America’s entanglement in modernity.