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Cristiane de Melo

Visiting researcher / Guest

C.V. de Melo MSc
+31 71 527 2727

Cristiane de Melo is a visiting/guest researcher at the Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. Currently, she is a Ph.D. Candidate for the Graduate Program in Sociology at the Federal University of São Carlos/Brazil. Her research is supported by the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, FAPESP. The topics of her current interest revolve around the platforming of sex work; studies of gender and sexualities; queer studies; digital media; representations and visibilities.

More information about Cristiane de Melo

In dialogue with her doctoral research in the Brazilian context (FAPESP, n.19/11134-4), in her current research, Cristiane de Melo presents a study that aims to understand how sex work performed in digitally mediated contexts has been reconfiguring objectives and subjective aspects when condensing categories such as sex work and desire, from the perspective of sex professionals who identify themselves as women who work in this market.

As the research is analytically and methodologically located in Sociology and Digital Anthropology, the research internship abroad broadens the understanding about the uses of media and digital platforms for the production, sale, and hosting of adult content in the Netherlands, widely considered a model country in sex labor regulation policies.

As a specific objective and given that sex work is not regulated in Brazil, it seeks to understand to what extent the uses of media and digital platforms aimed at sex work have played a prominent role in the Dutch context, as observed in Brazil, in contrast. In doing so, she will shed light on the uses and purposes of these platforms in substantially different social contexts. The methodological design used is qualitative in nature, based on ethnographic and bibliographic research - that is, (i) documentary, based on the monitoring and analysis of audiovisual materials made available by sex workers on the analyzed platforms; and (ii) in the field, through semi-structured interviews.


Visiting researcher / Guest

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Culturele Antropologie/ Ontw. Sociologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden


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