SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Renata Guimarães Naso

BA (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo), MA (Linköping University)


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Renata Guimarães Naso
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Thesis title:
Engaging with (dis)embodiment: Brazilian women and sexual harassment in public spaces.
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I am currently a PhD candidate in Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. I studied at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, where I obtained a BA degree in Psychology. I am a licensed psychologist in Brazil. Also, I hold an MA in Gender Studies from Linköping University. Apart from my studies, I worked with development projects and research within the sector in NGOs and international organisations in India, Switzerland and Iceland. I had the opportunity to gather experience in the therapeutic setting, conducting both individual and group therapy for adults and children in public and private psychological clinics in São Paulo (Brazil). I also worked in schools both in Brazil and Norway, assisting children with learning and socio-interactive disabilities.

PhD Research

My dissertation investigates the experiences of Brazilian women (individuals who identify as women) situated in different racial, class and sexuality contexts when confronted with sexual harassment in public spaces in the city of São Paulo. Specifically, I am analysing these experiences from the perspectives of both embodiment/disembodiment and within the larger cartography of power involving the construction of the female body(ies) through the relation between these situated-women, the Brazilian society, policymakers, and State/non-State funded institutions working with violence against women and urbanism. I am focusing on answering in what ways do the experience of sexual harassment in public spaces reflect (dis)embodiment; what are the processes at play which enable the objectification and dehumanisation of women in Brazil and how is the corporeality of Brazilian women constructed.