I was born in Porto Alegre, Southern Brazil, where I studied music composition at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). In 2005, I joined the UFRGS Grupo de Estudos Musicais (Music Studies Group) as an undergraduate research assistant. The Group, coordinated by Maria Elizabeth Lucas, is an interdisciplinary collective focused on ethnomusicological research. From 2005 to 2008, I attended weekly meetings with faculty and graduate students working on a range of topics. I became more closely involved with two doctoral projects: Marília Raquel Albornoz’s study of children songs among the Mbyá-Guarani, and Luciana Prass’s research with Quilombola Afro-Brazilian communities. Both projects were deeply invested in participatory research design and in connecting cultural rights, community memory, and struggles over land ownership. I continue associated with the UFRGS ethnomusicology group as an affiliated researcher.
In 2008, after finishing my Bachelor of Music at UFRGS, I moved to the US to start my graduate studies with Veit Erlmann at UT-Austin. My Master’s thesis is an ethnographic study of visual music (from abstract cinema to liquid shows, from DJ/VJ performances to software development) as it evolved in Los Angeles (where I conducted fieldwork in 2009).
My current research project, Sound-Politics in São Paulo: Noise and Citizenship in a Brazilian Metropolis (under contract with Oxford University Press) tackles controversies surrounding noise control in São Paulo, Brazil.
I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department for Performance Studies at Texas A&M University.
interests: actor-network theory, sound studies, performance studies, governmentality, public administration, law
cardoso AT tamu DOT edu