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Presentations & public speaking

I have spoken about my research in conferences, symposia, university-level courses and informal events in Canada, the USA, France, Brazil and South Africa. I have also had the honour to moderate several panels, discussions and other presentations in academic and non-profit settings. Please check out some of my latest public speaking activities below.


Conferences, courses and symposia

- "Poetic acts of hospitality?: On contemporary artistic representations of migration and displacement," International Congress of Aesthetics 2022, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, July 25-29, 2023 [Upcoming - Rescheduled due to COVID].

- "Caminhantes e caminhadas em três obras recentes de Paulo Nazareth, Regina Parra e Ícaro Lira," Expatriados, Refugiados, Exilados, Turistas e outros caminhantes na produção literária e artística brasileira contemporânea, III Congresso Internacional Línguas, Culturas e Literaturas em Diálogo, UNESP Araraquara, May 27, 2022.

- "A migrant's lament: Dignity and resistance in Paulo Nazareth's Ol Ori Buruku (2015)," African Literature Association Annual Conference: Adversity and Creativity: African Literature, Film, Media and Public Discourse, May 19, 2022.

- "Occupying spaces, inhabiting stories: Migration aesthetics in Julián Fuks' A ocupação (2019)," Invited guest lecture, Graduate seminar: The Remix Culture of Brazilian Multimedia Artistic Expressions, The Ohio State University, March 25, 2022 [Virtual].

- "Deniable Spaces, Deniable Bodies: Extraterritoriality and Deportability in John Le Carré's The Mission Song (2006)," McGill University Novel Workshop, Montréal, QC, March 14, 2022 [Virtual].

- "Occupying spaces, inhabiting stories: Migration aesthetics in Julián Fuks' A ocupação (2019)," Brazilian Studies Association Congress 2022, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., March 9-12, 2022 [Virtual].

- "Migrar, ocupar, resistir: O Hotel Cambridge na literatura e nas artes contemporâneas," Invited guest lecture, Graduate Seminar: Literatura e outras artes, Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Brazil, March 8, 2022 [Virtual].

- "Hospitality and Care in Paulo Nazareth's Ol Ori Buruku (2016)," 9th Biennial Graduate Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., October 29-30, 2021 [Virtual].

- "From Self-Translation to Digital Trans-Creation," Transcréations Symposium, organized by McGill University, UQAM and, June 10-11, 2021 [Virtual].

- "'Somos todos refugiados... refugiados da falta dos nossos direitos': Migração e moradia em Era o Hotel Cambridge de Eliane Caffé," Invited guest lecture, Brazilian Civilization course at USMA West Point, April 28, 2021 [Virtual].

- "Criminosos, objetos e espectros: figuras migratórias no projeto Notícias de América de Paulo Nazareth (2011)," Invited guest lecture, Corps migrants, corps épuisés, corps résistants M.A.-level seminar, Sorbonne-Université, December 2, 2020 [Virtual].

- "Figuras da migrância no projeto Notícias de América de Paulo Nazareth (2011)," Invited speaker, II Congresso de Comunicação e Economia Criativa, Universidade Católica de Brasília, October 26, 2020 [Virtual].

- "Marcheuses et marcheurs dans l'art contemporain brésilien," Mastérielle Student Conference, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle et Sorbonne-Université, February 14, 2020.

- "Intersectionnalité et histoires transnationales : le cas d’étude Irma Stern,” Invited guest lecture, Course: Arts, genres et sexualités (HAR 2780), Université de Montréal, April 16, 2018.


- “Sculpting Across the Colour Bar in 20th-Century South Africa: Irma Stern’s Sculptures of African Women,” Universities Art Association of Canada Annual Conference, Banff, AB, Oct. 17-19, 2013.


- “Dialogues in Three Dimensions: the Sculpture of Irma Stern (1922-1955),” South African Visual Arts Historians Annual Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, July 5-7, 2012.

Panel moderation

- "Diários em mar aberto de Leonardo Tonus," Rencontres de la Bibliothèque de la Fondation Gulbenkian, Paris, May 23, 2022

- "Representando a migração em museus: história, diversidade e as políticas da memória/Representing migration in museums: history, diversity and the politics of memory", panel featuring Dr. Emily Burton and Dr. Steven Schwinghamer, Projeto Migra, October 19, 2021


- "Créations en urgence", panel featuring cultural manager Samar Kehdy and artist Caetano Carvalho, Projeto Migra, October 13, 2021

- "Traversées clandestines", panel featuring filmmakers Peggy Nkunga and Émilie Beaulieu-Guérette, Projeto Migra, September 25, 2021

- "É caminhando que se faz o caminho", panel featuring visual artists Ícaro Lira and Shambuyi Wetu, Projeto Migra, June 19, 2021

- "Artistas em exílio/Artists in exile", panel featuring Abby Lembersky (City of Asylum, Pittsburgh), Projeto Migra, June 12, 2021

- Curators' roundtable, panel featuring Nancy Perloff (Curator of Modern Art, Getty Institute), Dene Grigar (Washington State University), Gina Cortopassi (UQAM/NT2 Lab), Alexandra Martin (UQAM/NT2 Lab), Livia Benedetti and Marcela Vieira (, Transcréations Symposium, June 11, 2021

- "Living with Shadows", panel featuring writer Jude Dibia, Projeto Migra, June 5, 2021

- "Plasticidades da pós-memória", panel featuring visual artists Maimuna Adam and Leila Danziger, Projeto Migra, May 22, 2021


Other public speaking

- Moderator, Working group on visa issues for artists and cultural practitioners, MobilitéS Afrique/Monde, hosted by the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), On the Move and Art Moves Africa, July 6, 2021

- Panelist, Mobilité internationale des artistes, with Benjamin Delemeester (CNM), Anaïs Lukacs (Mobicultures) and Corinne Serres (Mad Minute Music), facilitated by Manuèle Debrinay-Rizos (Roberto Cimetta Fund), Babel Med Music XP, November 27, 2020 

- Moderator, Working group on communications for artists-at-risk, Safe Havens International Conference, Malmö, Sweden, December 4, 2018

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