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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, idenity politics, as well as colonial and postcolonial issues in dance such as embodied knowledge production and dissemination. Since 2016, Rosa has embarked on a new research project which explores, in a broad sense, the relationship across moving bodies, ecology and sustainability.

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 The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy (2020), Moving (Across) Borders (2017), Performing Brazil (2015) and Cultures in Process: Encounter and Experience (2009), and peer reviewed journals such as Atlantic Studies, TDR and e-misférica. Her lectures are featured in digital plataforms such as Digital Theatre.



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

Award Date: 1 Aug 2010


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

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Research Output

Decolonizing Performance Philosophies

Rosa, C. F., Blanco Borelli, M. & Tamayo Duque, A., 30 Jun 2020, The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy. O'Maoilearca, L. & Lagaay, A. (eds.). London : Routldege, 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Curious Case of Maxixe Dancing: From colonial dissent to modern fitness

Rosa, C. F., 31 Jan 2020, In : Atlantic Studies: Global Currents . 17, 1, p. 113-139 40 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

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

Rosa, C. F., 1 May 2019, In : Dance Research. 37, 1, p. 113-115

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Theatre Studies is Too White

Rosa, C. F., 2019, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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


Theatre Studies is Too White

Cristina Fernandes Rosa (Speaker)

May 2019 → …

Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic lecture/debate/seminar

PoP MOVES Annual Conference 2019

Cristina Fernandes Rosa (Organiser)

Nov 2019 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Documenting Practice

Cristina Fernandes Rosa (Participant)

2019 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Documenting Practice

Cristina Fernandes Rosa (Speaker)

6 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk