Vitor Vilaverde Dias
Graduate Teaching Associate
272 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Areas of Expertise
- Film Studies
- Affect Studies
- Popular Culture
- Ph.D. Latin American Cultural and Literary Studies, The Ohio State University (in progress)
- M.A. Studies of the Portuguese Speaking World, The Ohio State University, 2020
- M.A., Literature, Federal University of São Carlos, 2015
- B.A., Image and Sound, Federal University of São Carlos, 2012
Vitor is a transdisciplinary cultural and film studies professional whose journey weaves together academia, creativity, and a commitment to social justice. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies at Ohio State University (OSU). His academic voyage began with a BFA in Image and Sound from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) and an MA in Literary Studies. His cinematic canvas encompasses themes of culture, memory, politics, and the broader realm of popular culture. Through the lens of his creativity, he both directed and produced various short films and in 2022, he premiered his debut feature, "Andor", a documentary that intimately tells the narrative of Andor Stern, the lone Brazilian-born Holocaust survivor, at the 46th São Paulo International Film Festival.
At Ohio State, he taught a range of courses in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, including the "Introduction to Latin American Cinema" general education course, where the content explored topics such as silent Mexican cinema, Afro-Brazilian documentary filmmaking, Latinx music videos, and the Netflix presence in the streaming market in Latin America, among others. Looking ahead, he is finishing his dissertation that delves into the Brazilian collective imaginary of the 20th century, investigating subjective documentaries that intertwine archives and memory. Part of the research is taking the form of a documentary film, produced by the Brazilian film company Produtora Querô, "Mestre Zuza" which departs from the concepts of nostalgia and underdevelopment to imagine a post-pandemic nation. The project has been selected for the film laboratory, BrLab, in the city of São Paulo, and the UnionDocs R&D lab and artistic residency in New York.