Natália da Silva Perez

Postdoctoral Researcher | History of Privacy

Centre for Privacy Studies
University of Copenhagen

A Little Bit About Me

I was born and raised in São Paulo, but moved to Montreal at the age of 20 for a B.F.A. in Theatre and Francophone Literature. During my M.A. in Performing Arts Studies (Université Libre de Bruxelles/Universidad de Sevilla), I started to pursue interdisciplinary research, linking my interest in theatre with a newfound curiosity about women's history. This paved the way for my PhD (University of Kent/Freie Universität Berlin), which focused on the work of early modern women playwrights. After my doctoral defense, I did research on the history of women's religious rituals in the Old City of Jerusalem. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Privacy Studies at the University of Copenhagen, I am turning my attention away from women's public voices to study the history of sexual and reproductive privacy.

My current research focuses on how women’s ability to work was influenced by their attempts to control their fertility. Women’s modes of subsistence and ways to structure their lives (working for payment, marrying, entering into religious orders) often entailed managing when or whether to get pregnant. From a transnational and comparative perspective, I endeavour to reconstruct and understand the experiences of sexual and reproductive privacy for women of high and low social status, as well as their interactions with their families, communities, and authorities. I engage historical material about the religious, legal, and intellectual landscapes that helped shape early modern understandings of sexual and reproductive privacy, in an effort to conduct an intersectional feminist analysis of the documents available to me.

Research and Publications

Natália da Silva Perez
“Sexual Surveillance in Versailles and Paris under Louis XIV”
in Histories of Surveillance from Antiquity to the Digital Era: The Eyes and Ears of Power
Edited by Laura Skouvig and Andreas Marklund
Routledge, forthcoming in 2021

Natália da Silva Perez and Peter Thule Kristensen
“Gender, Space, and Religious Privacy in Amsterdam”
Article in peer-review (preprint available upon request)

Natália da Silva Perez and Lars Nørgaard
“Conspicuous Privacy: Performing Charity in Versailles in the Ancien Régime”
Article in peer-review (preprint available upon request)

Natália da Silva Perez
"Words of Resistance: Women’s Writings and Feminist Reading Practices"
Cultivate - The Feminist Journal of the Centre for Women's Studies

Natália da Silva Perez
"Review of A Day at Home in Early Modern England: Material Culture and Domestic Life by Tara Hamling and Catherine Richardson"
Moveable Type
Vol.10, Peripheries, 2018

Natália da Silva Perez
“« Coquette... je la suis » : amitiés féminines dans Le Favori, du texte de Mme de Villedieu (1665) à la mise en scène d’Aurore Evain (2015)”
in Autour d'un anniversaire (1665-2015) représenter, lire et éditer Le Favori de Marie-Catherine Desjardins de Villedieu
Edited by Edwige Keller-Rahbé

Natália da Silva Perez
Becoming her Words: Contemporary Performances of Texts Written by Women from the 16th and 17th centuries
PhD Dissertation

Natália da Silva Perez
“Productive Contradictions in The House of Bernarda Alba TNT-El Vacie Version”
Staging Real People, edited by Ulrike Garde and Meg Mumford
Performance Paradigm
Volume 11, December 2015

Natália da Silva Perez
“Review of Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality and Creativity in the Latina/o and Afro-Atlantic Diasporas, edited by Solimar Otero and Toyin Falola”
Volume 4, Issue 1, 2015

Barbara Franchi and Natália da Silva Perez
“Feminist Perspectives Across the Board” (Editor's Introduction)
Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest
Volume 2, issue 1, December 2014

Natália da Silva Perez
“Review of Virginia Woolf and the Materiality of Theory by Derek Ryan”
Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest
Volume 2, issue 1, December 2014

Natália da Silva Perez & Jon Oster
“Coercion by Data: Six Thoughts on Gender, Sexuality, and Resistance in the Online Panopticon”
DPI: Feminist Journal of Art and Digital Culture
Issue 28, themed section on Gender[ed] Cultures on the Internet, Fall 2013

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