João G. L. Viana
I'm a third-year Ph.D. candidate working mainly on Latin American and Luso-Brazilian Literature and anthropodecentric theory.
I am also a Graduate Student Coordinator at Materia, a DLCL Research Unit on Latin Americanist and comparative post-anthropocentrisms.
My Ph. D. project currently aims to situate convergencies in the Ibero-Atlantic literatures of "plant drugs", or plant-derived psychoactive commodities such as alcohol, coffee, sugar, cannabis, opioids, coca(ine), and tobacco, in the late-19th and 20th centuries. Following transnational parallels between intellectual currents and aesthetic trends, it seeks to understand how these formerly exoticized products imposed their presence in the Ibero-American agora, becoming vehicles of creative sensory exploration and an ambiguous site of dispute in struggles for freedom of speech.
Research Unit Groups
- Contemporary Literature
- Intellectual History
- Language and Society
- Language Theory
- Literary and Cultural Theory
- Luso-Brazilian Languages, Literatures & Cultures
- Medical Humanities
- Philosophy and Literature
- Political History, Theory & Culture
- Sociological Approaches to Literature
- Spanish Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
- Speculative Fiction
- Transatlantic Studies