Profª Drª Maria de Fátima Lima Santos

CV Lattes


Graduate Program in Social Anthropology - PPGAS/ National Museum/UFRJ (2015).

Doctorate degree

Institute of Social Medicine/ IMS/ State University of Rio de Janeiro, 2010. Supervisor: Márcia Arán. Thesis: The construction of the transexuality device: knowledge, weaving and singularities in trans experiences.  


Discursive and identitary practices in institutional contexts (school, the media, the workplace, the family etc); gender performativity and its relation with bodies, sexualities and desires; politics of identities and differences; discursive practices in the workplace; healthcare.

Ongoing research practices

Where only two can no longer fit: non-monogamic affective-sexual discourses and social practices

This investigation thematizes discourses (regimes of truth) and practices which revolve around the idea of non-monogamy. I subscribe to a Foucauldian understanding of discourse and practice which sees discourses as a set of utterances belonging to the same discursive formation (FOUCAULT, 2000) and characterized by the knowledge-power articulation. Foucault sustains that “the truth” should not be understood metaphysically, but seen as a regime: as the result of a web of different procedures and strategies which grants certain utterances veracity. Discourses are historically constituted, mutable, polysemous and polymorphous; as they emerge, they produce other/new meanings, inextricably linked to social practices, and other/new modes of subjectification in which the power-knowledge relationship produces subjectivities and historically constructed subjects. My conceptual and methodological interests are projected with a view to seeing discourses as cultural and social productions which are inseparable from practices, and which constitute cultural texts which are meaningful devices for the comprehension of different social and cultural processes. It is worth investigating how subjects who experience such practices interact with and among themselves – in other words, the care of the self, of others (alterities), and of social norms, particularly mononormativity. Taking discursive productions and social practices as strongly interwoven, this project aims at understanding, investigating and analysing, from an anthropological perspective, the engendered utterances and practices, as well as how they produce subjects, subjectivities and modes of subjectification organized around the notion of non-monogamy. Other objectives include analysing how subjects who desire to think and live non-monogamic relationships experience their relationships with themselves and with others, in a line of investigation which may shed light on the morals and ethics produced in such experiences.

This project is linked to the Centre of Studies in Discourses and Society (NUDES).