Francine Rossone de Paula
BiographyFrancine Rossone de Paula is an International Relations scholar from Brazil. She left her country for a period of 4 years (2012-2016) to complete her PhD at Virginia Tech in the United States. She started teaching International Relations Theory and other theory-based disciplines in 2013, for the Department of Political Science at VT. After successfully defending her PhD dissertation (awarded as outstanding by the ASPECT Department and the VT Graduate School), she moved back to Brazil and joined the Department of International Relations and Strategic Studies at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF) for three semesters, where she taught classical and critical IR Theory.
Her research focuses on Brazil/Global South and its role in world politics, but beyond that, it is mainly about what discourses and practices related to that part of the world reveal about the configuration of the world at large. Her inquiries lie at the intersection of international relations theory (mainly post-positivist theoretical approaches), critical and feminist geopolitics, and the politics/narratives/positionings of the Global South. Her first book explored the discursive and material (re)production of inequality and hierarchized subjectivities in the context of the celebration of Brazil as an emerging power at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Attending to a broad spectrum of discourses that seek to address the successes and failures of Brazil in its pursuit of an status of global power, this research asked after the conditions of possibility for visibility and recognition in the contemporary international political terrain. Moving forward, she is developing the conceptual implications of this research attending to questions of what ‘other’ possible spatial and temporal representations could be possible in international relations from a unique feminist geopolitical perspective. Her research agenda continues to work across a wide spectrum of actors and themes to ask questions concerning subjectification and institutionalized criteria for status and recognition, particularly in relation to how territories and peoples are signified and positioned discursively in time and space (i.e. in the future, in the global or local realms, as disposable, etc.).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
International Relations Theory
Critical and Feminist Geopolitics
Narratives/Politics of Brazil
Post-De Colonial Perspectives