The Story of Grécia Falcão
It was never a child’s dream. Perhaps I can say that a series of unexpected events led me to be where I am today. I remember the first philosophy/sociology lecture that I heard during high school. Somehow, I knew that this was what I would like to do: to reflect about ethical-political and social problems, breaking the entrenched ways of thinking the world. But I was studying in a pretty good public school directed to a technical education in Chemistry – the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I was expected to work inside a lab, examining ways of water decontamination as I choose to be specialized in environmental issues. This was a pretty nice thing to do. Though, I was not so sure about it. And, somehow, this humanities lecture came to me. It was more like a day-seminar outside the curricular plan of my school. I don’t remember the name of the professor or the class study theme. What I kept from this moment was just a feeling. A strange feeling of excitement that at the time, I was 14 years old and I could not put into words but it stayed with me.
As much as I loved the environmental cause, my concern with political-social and philosophical questioning began to increase and it seemed to demand a work/study outside the chemistry laboratory. At this time, I was preparing myself for the University entrance exams, just studying specific biological contents. Suddenly, I decided to give up running for Biology Faculty, and I’ve chosen a different pass that took me where I am today. I was very happy when I knew about my approval for Social Communication Faculty at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro – PUC-Rio.
Over there, another question came in my mind. What career to pursue? Advertising, Film or Journalism, I seemed to enjoy the three specializations available for the Communication students at PUC. After an internship exchange at Sciences Po, Paris, dealing with politics, innovation and global issues, I’ve decided to follow the Advertising as I would have more flexibility to get in the business market. In fact, this really has happened. I never really worked with Advertising, after College. I’ve just discovered myself working with Photography and Audiovisual productions. I thought it was something magical to track the creation process in Film and TV productions.
But three years have passed and I was getting tired of the labor market pace. It was growing a desire to study more. So, I decided to run for a master degree at the undergraduate program in Social Communication at State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). For the first time I was thinking about being a professor and researcher. Through a friend of mine I’ve met Fernando Gonçalves, a PhD professor at UERJ, since then we’ve started an enriching exchange. I suddenly found that I could combine the theoretical study with my professional and personal experience with the medias.
The decisive moment of this professional turning point was when I earned a master’s scholarship funded by the Higher Education Personnel Improvement Coordination (CAPES), which prompted me to withdraw from the labor market and devote myself exclusively to my research. Since then I have not stopped studying and participating in different research groups and post graduate Brazilian programs at UFRJ and UFF, for example.
As after getting the master’s degree, I won a PhD scholarship from Foundation for Research Support of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ) and it really excited me to continue my way through researching which has been enriched by a research-internship time in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. The Communication Theory debate is a very multidisciplinary field, so, I became more and more interested in building a dialogue between Communication Technologies and the fields of Arts in my doctoral studies. Today, a series of more casual events (Love!) brought me to Lisbon, Portugal, where I am currently finishing my post-doctoral research and teaching about Photography/Cinema in a University.
Postdoc researcher at CIAC (UAlg, Portugal).
PhD in Communication and Culture Technologies (UERJ, Brazil).