Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, is inviting early career researchers to submit manuscripts for a three-day criticism workshop on the theme of “Philippine Literature and Cultural Studies in the Age of Transnationalism and Diaspora.” The criticism workshop, which will be held in Ateneo de Manila University from May 25 to 28, 2016, is organized in collaboration with Ateneo Institute for Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP).

The KK criticism workshop will be part of the 14th Ateneo National Writers Workshop (ANWW); the partnership between KK and AILAP aims to foster dialogue and collaboration between practitioners of creative and critical writing. The workshop will train and prepare five early career researchers for the rigor and demand of scholarly writing and practice—principles which inform theoretical and methodological orientations, literary and cultural studies approaches which address contemporary realities—through critiques and assessment of their work. Furthermore, ANWW 14 encourages applications from those affiliated with community or university organisations (literary or non-literary), as part of the workshop’s theme this year is literature as a way of engaging sectors and communities.

The workshop panel will be composed of top scholars and critics from Philippine universities. Throughout the three days of the workshop, fellows are expected to deliver short presentations based on their research, and participate in the workshop with co-fellows and panelists. Revised versions of the manuscripts may be considered for publication in Kritika Kultura.

Applicants should submit papers on Philippine literary and cultural studies, particularly in relation to the region, nation, and the globe; applicants are encouraged to explore issues that emerge from the engagements between the Filipino diasporic communities—within and outside the Philippines—and the culture and politics of the nation-states. Papers may focus on—but are not limited to—the following:

1. The politics of location and identity
2. Strategies of negotiation and reterritorialization of diasporic space, like narrative-making and definitional ceremonies
3. Intersections within the global economy, transnational circuiting of goods, services, technologies, and market in diasporic communities
4. Reproduction of diasporic identity vis-à-vis the demands and pressures of the new host country and the originary country
5. The currency of roots, origin, and authenticity for diasporic communities
6. How categories of identification—gender, class, race, and ethnicity—constitute and regulate immigrants
7. Emergence of new diasporic languages and cultural forms
8. The geopolitics and cultural forms of internal migration 
9. The geopolitics of the rise of global refugees
10. The discourse of tropology and diaspora
11. The discourse of archipelagic and other island forms
12. The production, translation, and circulation of texts within and outside the Philippines
13. The politics and ethics of citizenship in today’s transnational circuiting and processes

Interested participants are requested to submit the following on or before Apr. 1, 2016:
1. A paper 25 to 30 pages in length, including notes and reference list. The paper should not have been previously published, nor should it be under consideration for publication in any journal. The paper should be in a Microsoft Word file, double spaced, font size 12 (preferably Times New Roman). Format should follow the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.).
2. An abstract (200 to 250 words)
3. A bionote (100 to 150 words)
4. Contact details: mailing address, telephone number, e-mail
E-mail all materials in one Microsoft Word file to Ma. Socorro Q. Perez, PhD ( (cc:; subject heading: KK Criticism Workshop). Selected fellows will be notified by mid-April 2016. For further details regarding Kritika Kultura, its editorial policy and manuscript format, please refer to the Kritika Kultura website.

For inquiries, please contact:
Ma. Socorro Q. Perez, PhD
Monograph Section Editor 
Kritika Kultura