Dr. Fernando dos Santos Baldraia Sousa
Fernando Baldraia concluded his bachelor and licensure 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 concluded his Master degree in Interdisciplinary Latin-American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (2012) with a scholarship from the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. The doctoral degree, focusing on the Black Atlantic and the recent Brazilian historiography of slavery, came soon afterwards, in 2017, within the IRTG Between Spaces (FU-Berlin).
His current research aims at refining the notion of difference that underlies the situational and relational epistemological approach advanced in the 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, on the basis of which the concept of difference can be reframed, namely, by deploying insights largely drawn both from critical racial studies and from queer and feminist theories as well as from postcolonial approaches to Latin America’s entanglement in modernity.