Débora Antunes

PhD Candidate

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About Débora Antunes

Hello, I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Antwerp. My current research lies on the intersection between Disability Studies and Internet Studies, with a focus on the issues of the Global South. Through a digital ethnographic approach, I investigate how autistics, wheelchair users and supporters of both groups are using social media in Brazil, paying attention on questions of culture, social support and identity. This research is supported by an Erasmus Action 2 scholarship provided by the consortium Amidila. Previously, I got a bachelor in Communication Studies at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa and a master degree in English - Rhetoric and Communication Design at the University of Waterloo, where I had the opportunity of developing research about identification and cyberactivism. It was also at the University of Waterloo that I made my first contact with Disability Studies and felt in love for the field and the many awesome people I met because of that. In the future, I hope to help in the consolidation of Disability Studies in my home country, Brazil, as I believe it would improve the different perspectives to understand contemporary society. If you think our research interests match or just want to chat, do not hesitate to contact me!


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