Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Mark Sanchez

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University will be hosting a lecture by Mark Sanchez titled  “Human Rights and the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines: Religious Opposition to the Marcos Dictatorship.” The lecture will be on Feb. 15, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at SOM 111, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture is open to the public.

Sanchez’s lecture will elaborate on the following abstract: “As a representative of Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), Sr. Mariani Dimaranan traveled worldwide, working to highlight human rights injustice in the Philippines and to gather support for the efforts of her organization. TFDP’s efforts to highlight political detention in the Philippines as well as the ongoing US government support of authoritarian dictatorship drew attention to the contradictions within US government claims to value human rights in international relations. This paper highlights the navigation between local and international political issues within Philippine-based grassroots opposition to the Marcos dictatorship. The paper will also discuss the efforts of anti-martial law activists in the United States to support the efforts of those such as Sr. Mariani, drawing particular attention to the ways that groups from different political and social positions worked together to highlight human rights abuses and authoritarian structures within the Philippines.”

Mark Sanchez is a PhD candidate in History at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is currently working on a dissertation that focuses on the transnational networks of anti-martial law activists. His research is supported by a Graduate College Distinguished Fellowship from the University of Illinois. His work has also been supported by Foreign Language Area Studies Grants in Tagalog and Indonesian. He was previously a Summer Fellow at the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) at the Ateneo de Manila University and is currently a Visiting Research Associate at IPC.