Allan Santos da Rosa holds a master’s degree (mestrado) and a doctorate in culture and education from USP. He is a fiction writer, a historian, and a capoeirista of the Angola School. As a playwright, Santos da Rosa has written award-winning pieces for theatre companies in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Minas Gerais. As an independent educator, he has organised educational courses in Afro-Atlantic aesthetics and politics for over a decade. He has held lectures, recitations, workshops, and debates in rodas (the circular capoeira formation), fairs, universities, libraries, and community centres in Cuba, Mozambique, the United States of America, Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, and Argentina.
Project: The Coexistence of Tenderness, Humour, and Violence: The Fire of Homes Pretos (Black Men)
My research project combines imagery, aesthetics, and political studies. It examines Black masculinities through the lens of stylistic resistance in the verbal arts, particulary labirintos (labyrinths) and enunciations that combine comedy/revolt, creativity/tutelage, and mockery/despair to challenge the pillars of an (Eurocentric and modern) idea of reason and contemporary notions of madness. In addition, I aim to understand the relationships between Black communities, our points of view on freedom, and the use of important resources in different social spheres that serve to build solidarity as much as authoritarianism. My study explores how Black men in Brazil and the African diaspora throughout the Americas entangle, refute, or slide past historical discourses of Brazilian nationalism. It is centred on Black expressions that tackle the basis of Western Reason and what it considers insane or irrational. Through irony, parody, nonsense, and mockery, Black verbal humour addresses the limits of this instituted notion of reason, sometimes in the midst of despair. Employing the techniques of silence, caricature, opaqueness, and fright, I use verbal expressions of defiance, riddles, and satire to confront the discoursive abasement of Black bodies and minds.
Main discipline: Educação/Literatura