Mauricio Acuña is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of São Paulo (2017) and was awarded the FAPESP Scholarship and the Silvio Romero Honors Award (Institute of National Historic and Artistic Heritage, Brazil) for his master’s dissertation. He is the author of A ginga da nação: intelectuais na capoeira e capoeiristas intelectuais (Editora Alameda, 2015) and has collaborated on the new critical edition of Sérgio Buarque de Holanda’s book Raízes do Brasil (Companhia das Letras, 2016). He is particularly interested in the intersection of Anthropology, History and Literature, focusing on the relationship between Social Thought, Subalternity, Popular Culture & Intellectual Practices, Disciplinary Knowledge and National Imaginations. He is currently working on an investigation about the First World Festival of Negro Arts, held in Dakar, Senegal, in 1966. This research explores how African and Afro Diasporic identities were internationally performed and imagined by Brazil, Cuba, Senegal and the United States, shedding light on controversies and discontents.
Mauricio Acuña has published articles about capoeira, music and agency; cinema, gender and political violence; and presented papers in several conferences on topics such as capoeira, Black Intellectuals in Brazil; Federico Garcia Lorca and the Harlem experience; and social markers of difference. He was Assistant Instructor in courses at the University of São Paulo (Social Anthropology); CEPEMA-USP (Introduction to Social Science and Research Methodologies); and Princeton University (Portuguese 101; Princeton in Brazil; and Latino Global Cities).