A year ago, I came from Brazil to the United States to do my Ph.D. in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University. In this context, studying Brazil from an outside perspective, my research aims to discuss how Brazilian national identity is portrayed artistically in three historical periods: the invention of Brazil after its independence in 1822, the antrophofagic modernist movement in 1922, and during the first decades of the 21st century. For this investigation, I received the People’s Choice Award in the 2022 IUB Three Minute Thesis Competition, and I felt honored to represent the department in this achievement.
While living in the United States, I have started to become more involved in the community. At IU, I have participated in departmental events such as First Thursdays, Portuguese Week, Cafezinho, and Teatro VIDA. For VIDA, I adapted the Brazilian play “O Rei da Vela” (1933), by modernist Oswald de Andrade, and acted in it as the terrible capitalist Abelardo, The First. I presented one of my research projects about Hilda Hilst at our Diálogos conference, the event so well organized by my fellow department colleagues, and I gave a workshop about Brazilian women writers at the 2022 IU International Women’s Day Conference. I am on the organizing committee for an academic and cultural event that will take place fall 2022, celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Semana da Arte Moderna, one of the biggest cultural events in Brazil’s history. I was also a recipient of the 2021 Global Citizenship Award, a scholarship for International Students at IU, in which I did a video telling my life story in a Brazilian family of Syrian heritage. Beyond IU, I am the co-chair of the Portuguese Events Committee for the Indiana chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), where I work with fellow Spanish and Portuguese teachers from all over the state.
In addition to my academic career, I am a performing artist and writer with six books published in Brazil. Recently, I got my first poems in English published in CANVAS Magazine, and one of them, “dead woman,” was selected as the best-written text of the year. I also published a couple of texts internationally, one in the French magazine Revue Internationale D’art et D’artologie (2021) about my literary work as a poet, and one about Brazilian modernism in the prestigious magazine Nossa América (2022), distributed by the Memorial da América Latina. I have also done some interviews in Brazilian newspapers about writers such as Lygia Fagundes Telles and Patrícia Galvão.
This first year at IU was very challenging, but I am so grateful for this wonderful opportunity and the great reception I have received since I got here. I would like to use this space to thank all my friends and colleagues for the affection and shared support we had this year; and my teachers Estela Vieira, Alejandro Mejías-López, Heitor Martins, Luciana Namorato, K. Allen Davis, and R. Andrés Guzmán for all the incentive inside and outside of the classroom.