Raquel Moreira De Souza Moreira Portilho

Notable Achievements

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Raquel Moreira engaged in a number of activities at the 2022 National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention in New Orleans. Moreira received the International and Intercultural Communication Division’s Best Book Award for Bitches Unleashed: Performance and Embodied Politics in Favela Funk. Additionally, she presented the following papers:

 

  1. “Mestiçagem and Racial spatiality in Anitta’s ‘Girl from Rio,’” co-planned paper session with Texas AM’s Dr. Bryce Henderson and sponsored by the Critical and Cultural Studies Division.
  2. “Dragging White Femininity: Pabllo Vittar’s Performances of Gender and Race on Instagram,” paper session sponsored by the GLBTQ Communication Studies Division.
  3. “Communication Needs Transfeminismo: How a Brazilian Political and Epistemological Movement Can Help Decolonize Our Discipline,” presented in Portuguese for a multilingual panel about structural violence sponsored by NCA’s First Vice President.

 

Finally, Moreira participated as a panelist in the following:

 

  1. “Spotlight on Scholarship: New Books in Latina/o/x Communication Studies,” sponsored by NCA’s First Vice President.
  2. “Publishing Race Scholarship in Communication Studies: Challenges Faced by Scholars of Color and/or International Scholars in the Field,” sponsored by NCA’s First Vice President.
  3. “Latinx Faculty: Finding our PLACE in Predominantly White Institutions,” sponsored by the La Raza Caucus.
  4. “The Future of the La Raza Caucus: An Open Forum,” a session co-chaired with Dr. Michelle Holling and sponsored by the La Raza Caucus.
  5. “Shared Governance as a Place for Advocacy: Examining How the Neoliberal University is Dismantling Community Deliberation,” sponsored by the Association for Communication Administration.



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Expertise

Feminist and queer of color critique; performance studies; normative and marginalized femininities in media

My teaching and research focus on the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in media and performance communication contexts. I enjoy helping students make connections between critical theory and their everyday lives, including their own role in seeking and actualizing a better world for all. Having taught media and feminist studies for about 10 years now, I am constantly learning with and from my students and the evolving contexts around us. 

My research informs my teaching, as my primary scholarly focus is feminist and queer of color critique of artistic performances and media texts of all sorts. In my book, Bitches Unleashed: Performance and Embodied Politics in Favela Funk (Peter Lang, 2020), for instance, I collect an assembly of texts (personal and media interviews, live and recorded performances, social media posts, music videos, etc.) to both challenge and re-envision the potential of embodied politics from a transnational feminist perspective. I have published portions of this research in Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture (2020 Monograph of the Year Award from NCA’s GLBTQ Communication Division), Women’s Studies in Communication (2018 Feminist Scholar of the Year from the Organization for Research on Women and Communication), and more.

  • My teaching and research focus on the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in media and performance communication contexts. I enjoy helping students make connections between critical theory and their everyday lives, including their own role in seeking and actualizing a better world for all. Having taught media and feminist studies for about 10 years now, I am constantly learning with and from my students and the evolving contexts around us. 

    My research informs my teaching, as my primary scholarly focus is feminist and queer of color critique of artistic performances and media texts of all sorts. In my book, Bitches Unleashed: Performance and Embodied Politics in Favela Funk (Peter Lang, 2020), for instance, I collect an assembly of texts (personal and media interviews, live and recorded performances, social media posts, music videos, etc.) to both challenge and re-envision the potential of embodied politics from a transnational feminist perspective. I have published portions of this research in Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture (2020 Monograph of the Year Award from NCA’s GLBTQ Communication Division), Women’s Studies in Communication (2018 Feminist Scholar of the Year from the Organization for Research on Women and Communication), and more.

  • Scholarly Book

    Moreira, R. (2021). Bitches Unleashed: Performance and Embodied Politics in Favela Funk. Peter Lang, 2021. *Bonnie Ritter Outstanding Feminist Book Award

    Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

    Moreira, R. (2020). “To Be a Slut Is to Be Free”: Women in Favela Funk, Racialised Femininity, and Celebrity Media. Celebrity Studies. DOI: 10.1080/19392397.2020.1847673.

    Moreira, R. (2019). Bicha Travesti Worldmaking: Linn da Quebrada’s Disidentificatory Performances of Intersectional Queerness. Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture, 4(3), 303-318. *Monograph of the Year Award

    Moreira, R. (2017). Now that I’m a Whore, Nobody Is Holding Me Back!’: Women in Favela Funk and Embodied Politics. Women’s Studies in Communication, 40(2), 172-189. * Feminist Scholar of the Year Award

    Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

    Moreira, R. (2020). Funk Isn’t a Trend; It’s a Necessity: Favela Funk’s Vernacular Discourse and the Struggle for Cultural Legitimation. In Ahmet Atay, Yea-Wen Chen, and Alberto Gonzalez, Memory and Intercultural Communication, Peter Lang.

    Moreira, R. (2020). De-Whitening Intersectionality through Transfeminismo. In Shinsuke Eguchi, Bernadette M. Calafell, and Shadee Abdi (Eds.), De-Whitening Intersectionality: Race, Intercultural Communication, and Politics, Rowman & Littlefield. *Anita Taylor Book Chapter Award

    Chrifi Alaoui, F., Moreira, R., Pattisapu, K., Shukri, S., & Calafell, B.M. (2014). I am Not Maria/Samira: On the Interchangeability of “Brownness” in U.S. Pedagogical Contexts. In Sonja M. Brown Givens and Keisha Edwards Tassie (Eds.), Claiming a Seat at the Table: Feminism, Underserved Women Of Color, Voice, and Resistance. Lexington Books.