Lecturing Fellow of Cultural Anthropology
As an anthropologist and dancer, I am interested in the interrelationship between bodies, cultural practices and politics. My research focuses on Brazil and the African Diaspora; expressive culture and globalization; the intersection of play, sport and dance; learning communities, social inequalities and identities. I am also concerned with the methodological and pedagogical challenges of researching, writing and teaching about creativity, embodied knowledge and ethnography. My current work centers on the Afro-Brazilian game/dance/fight of capoeira, which I have also practiced and taught for over twenty years. Recent publications include “Professionalizing Capoeira: the politics of play in Twenty-first-Century Brazil”,“From ‘Moral Disease’ to ‘National Sport’: Race, Nation and Capoeira in Brazil,” and forthcoming, “Imagining Brazil in Africa: capoeira’s transatlantic roots and routes" and "Baile Funk and Kuduro: embodied (dis)articulations of national belonging in Brazil and Angola."
Wesolowski, K. “Jogo de Corpo: Capoeira e Ancestralidade / Body Games: Capoeira and Ancestry, 2013. A film by Richard Pakleppa, Matthias Röhrig Assunção and Mestre Cobra Mansa. 87 min. Color. Distributed by Manganga Produções.” The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, vol. 21, no. 3, 2017.
Wesolowski, K. “Professionalizing capoeira: The politics of play in twenty-first-century Brazil.” Latin American Perspectives, vol. 39, no. 2, Mar. 2012, pp. 82–92. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0094582X11427892. Full Text
Wesolowski, Katya. “Native and National in Brazil: Indigeneity after Independence.” Latin American Indian Literatures Journal, vol. 28, no. 2, 2012, pp. 181–83.
Wesolowski, K. “Review of Stephanie Springgay and Debra Freedman (eds), Curriculum and the Cultural Body.” Teachers College Record, Dec. 2007.
Wesolowski, K. “Review of Daryle Williams, Culture Wars In Brazil: The First Vargas Regime, 1930-1945.” Luso Brazilian Review., vol. 39, 2002.
Wesolowski, K. “Review of Robert M. Levine, The History of Brazil.” Luso Brazilian Review Special Issue, 500 Years of Brazil: Global and Cultural Perspectives, vol. 38, 2001.