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Matheus Lock Santos

Email: m.locksantos@qmul.ac.uk

Research Topic: The becoming of public opinion: discursive resistances in the 2013 Brazilian mass protests

Supervisor: Dr Lasse Thomassen

Research interests:

Matheus Lock's research interests lie at the intersection of Media Studies and Politics. He graduated in Social Communication from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul/Brazil, and has a Master in Communication and Information from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul/Brazil.
His PhD research focuses on the relation between new mass political movements and digital technologies. More precisely, it investigates how the emergence of new forms of mass demonstration and social movements in Brazil affected the political field and the power dynamics of public opinion. Furthermore, it also investigates the construction of alternative political narratives and the role of digital technologies in these protests. Departing from Gilles Deleuze's philosophy, Matheus seeks to develop a new method of analysis of political events and a post-representational concept of public opinion.
Matheus’s PhD was fully funded by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel, Ministry of Education, Brazil, CAPES.

Other interests include: Brazil and Latin America; Social Movements and forms of political resistance; Public Opinion and Democracy Theories; Contemporary Political Philosophy; Discourse and Semiotics and Politics of the Event and Time.

Education:

  • BA (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul)
  • MA (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul)

Work experience:

  • Teaching Associate
  • PhD Candidate

Teaching

  • POL110 Thinking Politically
  • POL206 Moder Political Thought I and II

Publications

Book
Lock, M. (2014). Comunicações transversais: o preconceito digital e os efeitos na opinião pública (Cross communications: online prejudices and their effects on the public opinion). Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS.

Book Chapters
Lock, M. (2013). Narrativas em crise e o problema de tradução. (Narratives in crisis and the translation problem). In Madarasz, N., Souza, R. T. (Ed.). Lógicas de transformação: críticas da democracia. O Brasil na sua estação. (Logics of transformation: a critique to democracy). Porto Alegre: Editora Fi.

Papers
Lock, M., Baldissera, R. (2012). Conversações politicas online e seus efeitos na opinião pública (Online political talk and its effects on public opinion). Contemporanea (UFBA. Online), v. 10, p. 686-704.

Lock, M. (2011). Nova Ordem da Resistência ou Resistência Desordenada?: Relações de Poder na Era Digital. (New order of resistance or resistance disorderly?:  power relations in the Digital Era). In: XXII Intercom Sul, 2011, Londrina - PR. Quem tem medo de pesquisa empírica?, 2011.

Lock, M., Baldissera, R. (2010). Comunicação política on-line: estratégias de administração da visibilidade no ambiente da Web 2.0 (Political communication on-line: strategies of visibility on Web 2.0). In: Congresso Brasileiro Científico de Comunicação Organizacional e de Relações Públicas - ABRAPCORP, 2010, Porto Alegre. Trabalhos ABRAPCORP, 2010. v. IV.

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