Columbia SPPO

Daniel Da Silva

Graduate Student

Daniel da Silva's research interests and queries are centered on contemporary Lusophone cultures and discourses. He engages queer theory to disclose Portuguese or Luso-Brazilian particularities that may challenge or complicate these theoretical discourses, and for the potential offered by new thinking in queer to reread and reveal Luso-specific moments, places and spaces of, as well as bodies in, resistance. Through this line of investigation Daniel da Silva's work necessarily engages various sources and disciplinary and theoretical frames, from performance to queer and gender issues, popular culture to art and political dissidence. His research takes its direction from the particularities of lusophone geo- and biopolitics and history, and toward the conclusions that may come of it.

These inquiries began and were nurtured at New York University and Rutgers University, Newark where Daniel da Silva received a BA in History, with a Minor in Lusophone World Cultures. In a previous life, he was a music publicist and marketing professional, having worked with both pop and Avant Garde artists, from major labels to independents. He has the underserved honor of being interviewed and quoted by Billboard Magazine (albeit a rather small quote). While in music, his work with Antony and The Johnsons, Bjork, Chavela Vargas, Cesária Évora and countless other progressive, transgressive and brilliant artists, sparked an interest in difference, directions, expression, potentials and hope that he has pursued ever since.
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