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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)




Trinity Hall College


I hold an MA in International Relations from the University of Sussex, a BA in Social Sciences from the University of São Paulo (USP), and a BA in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP). I currently work as features editor at the Cambridge Review of International Affairs (CRIA).



My PhD research focuses on how contemporary discourses on artificial intelligence (AI) are influenced by the history of the relations between the modern political subject and categories such as intelligence, rationality and reason. I seek to understand how meanings and connotations related to intelligence allow for a certain AI imaginary and certain conceptions of subjectivity and politics that make it possible to think of AI as a tool for governance, and of politics as field in which the application of AI is possible and desirable. I investigate the way that hopes and fears about AI mobilise notions such as autonomy, rationality and progress, which have been fundamental in the formation of the modern subject, and how these reproduce power relations that have shaped the modern world. This research is funded by the University of Cambridge Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme.


Research interests: Artificial Intelligence; Political Theory; International Relations Theory; Posthumanism; Poststructuralism; Postcolonial and Decolonial Thought; Feminist Thought; Popular Culture and Media; Transhumanism; Existential Risk; the Anthropocene; Science and Technology Studies; Critical Theory


Key publications: 

Martins Simoneti, C. A. (2022). ‘“More Human than Human”: Colonial Logics and the Modern Subject in Science Fiction Films’. Millennium: Journal of International Studies  (published online first)  


Martins Simoneti, C. A. & Félix de Souza, N. M. (2022). ‘Epistemologias do Interstício: Hibridismo, Pensamento Liminar e Conexões Pós/Decoloniais’. Carta Internacional, 17(1), e1230. 

Thesis Title: Ghost in the Machine: Artificial Intelligence and the Shadow of the Modern Subject
Principal Supervisor: Dr Lauren Wilcox

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