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Cristina Fernandes Rosa



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Personal profile


Dr. Rosa is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton’s Department of Dance. She has previously taught in multiple colleges and universities the US, including the University of California Riverside, Tufts University, Reed College, and Florida State University Tallahassee. She was also a research fellow at Freie Universität Berlin’s International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” (Germany, 2012-13). She earned her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Research interests


Rosa’s area of interest includes dance in the Americas and the African diaspora, as well as colonial and postcolonial issues in dance. She has been particularly interested in the relationship across embodiment, knowledge production and processes of identification. In her book Brazilian Bodies and Their Choreographies of Identification (Palgrave McMillan, 2015), for example, Rosa examines how aesthetic principles cultivated across the black Atlantic contributed to the construction of Brazil as an imagined community. She has also been published in the edited books Moving (Across) Borders (2017), Performing Brazil (2015) and Cultures in Process: Encounter and Experience (2009), and peer reviewed journals such as TDR and e-misférica.

Since 2016, Rosa has embarked on a new research project which explores, in a broad sense, the relationship between dance and sustainability.


Professional affiliations

Society of Dance History Scholars

The International Federation for Theatre Research


Dancing Communities and Citizenship

Ways of Knowing

Extended Essays

From Process to Product


Education/Academic qualification

University of California Los Angeles


  • AI Indexes (General)
  • embodyment
  • diasporic aesthetic
  • processes of identification
  • knowledge production
  • sustainability
  • dance studies
  • coloniality

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Research Output

Decolonising Performance Philosophies

Rosa, C. F., Blanco Borelli, M. & Tamayo Duque, A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy. London : Routldege, 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Sergio González Varela, Power in Practice: The Pragmatic Anthropology of Afro- Brazilian Capoeira

Rosa, C. F., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Dance Research. 37, 1, p. 113-115

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

The Curious Case of Maxixe Dancing: From Colonial Dissent to Modern Fitness

Rosa, C. F., 20 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Atlantic Studies: Global Currents . 40 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A relação entre a ética e a estética na dança: corporeidade, produção de conhecimentos, processos indenitário

Rosa, C. F., 2018, IV Seminário Internacional de Arte. UFMG, 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Heranças e Diásporas Afro-ameríndias nos Estudos de Danças Brasileiras nos EUA e na Europa: Fluxos e Refluxos

Rosa, C. F., 2018, trans-in-corporados vol. 1.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access


  • 4 Oral presentation
  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 1 Invited talk

Documenting Practice

Cristina Fernandes Rosa (Speaker)
6 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Agonistic Politics in Performance

Cristina Fernandes Rosa (Keynote/plenary speaker)
24 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

The Naked Truth: Notes on the Choreopolitics of Freedom in Contemporary Dance in Brazil

Cristina Fernandes Rosa (Speaker)
5 Jul 20188 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

The Task of Listening

Cristina Fernandes Rosa (Speaker)
6 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation