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John Cowart Dawsey


Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH)  (Institutional affiliation for the last research proposal)
Birthplace: Brazil

John C. Dawsey, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Sao Paulo (USP), 2007. Associate Professor (USP), 1999. Ph.D. in Anthropology, 1989, and Master's in Theology, 1977, from Emory University. Bachelor of Arts in History, 1973, from Florida Southern. Visiting Scholar at New York University (NYU), 2019. Founding director of Napedra (Anthropology, Performance and Drama Research Center) since 2001. Faculty liaison of the Afro-Brazilian Arts Center at USP (directed by Luiz Antonio Nascimento Cardoso, Mestre Penguin) since 2007. With Napedra colleagues, organized and coordinated Seismology of Performance: 20 Years Napedra, in 2021; the 1st International Meeting of Anthropology and Performance (EIAP), 2011; and the 1st National Meeting of Anthropology and Performance (ENAP), 2010, at USP. Coordinated a Thematic Project of Fapesp, 2008-2013, with 35 researchers. Organized and coordinated national meetings of Napedra in Performance: Creations 1-11, from 2014 to 2020. Published 15 books and collections, and 60 articles in scientific journals. As invited speaker, made presentations at various universities, including University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, New York University, Université Paris 8, Universidad Nacional Autônoma de Mexico, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Emory University, Auburn University. Department Head of Anthropology (USP), 2003-2007. Between theater and anthropology, explores refigurations of anthropology made possible by the works of Walter Benjamin and leading thinkers of theater and performance (Artaud, Brecht, Schechner and others). A set of concepts results from these studies: tension-thick description (descrição tensa); f(r)iction (with r between parentheses); margins of margins; seismology of performance; everyday metatheater; everyday astoundment; sound unconscious; Benjaminian mimetic circuit; subterranean regions of symbols; entrails of dreams; ghost theater; stories of oblivion; bodily index; corpoiesis; interethnic f(r)iction; tension-thick montage; and displacement of the living place of things. Research interests include anthropology of performance, anthropology of experience, and Benjaminian anthropology. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)

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