Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Doing Digong: Politics in the Wake of EDSA


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Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, is organizing “Doing Digong: Politics in the Wake of EDSA,” a roundtable discussion featuring Carmel Abao, Walden Bello, Nicole Curato, and Richard Heydarian.

The event—which is co-sponsored by the Rizal Library; the Departments of History, English, Political Science, and Philosophy (AdMU); and the University of Washington (Seattle) Study Abroad Program—will be on Aug. 2, 2016, 4:00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m., at the Rizal Library (4/f).

The discussion—which will be moderated by Vicente Rafael—will consider the results of the 2016 Philippine elections and the prospects for the Rodrigo Duterte presidency, what to expect from the new regime, signs of change or continuity, emerging forms of populist politics, among others.

The forum is open to the public.

About the resource persons

Carmel Abao is an Instructor of Political Science at the Ateneo de Manila University. She finished her MA in the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex and is currently completing a PhD in Development Studies at De La Salle University. She teaches political theory, international political economy and Philippine politics and governance. Before joining the academe she served in various social and political movements—in the 1980s, as a labor organizer of Workers’ College in Ateneo, and, as the National Education Secretary of the Lakas Manggagawa Labor Center; in the 1990s, as a Research Associate and Deputy Director of the Institute for Popular Democracy (IPD), and, as the Founding National Secretary General of Akbayan (Citizens’ Action Party).

Walden Bello is a Professor at State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies of Kyoto University. He served as congressman from 2009 to 2015, after which he broke with the Daang Matuwid Coalition and resigned from Congress.

Nicole Curato is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled ‘Democracy in the Age of Misery,’ which seeks to theorise a defensible theory of democracy amidst widespread suffering. Her work is based on communities experiencing ‘slow violence’ in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines. Before moving to UC, Nicole was a research fellow at the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her work has been published in journals including Policy Sciences, International Political Science Review and Current Sociology, among others. She is a regular contributor at Rappler.com and CNN Philippines. In 2013, she received The Outstanding Young Men award for the field of sociology. She is also the recipient of the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Research Award.

Richard Heydarian is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at De La Salle University, and author of Asia’s New Battlefield: US, China & the Struggle for Western Pacific (Zed [London]). He is an opinion columnist for Aljazeera English, a contributor to Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He has written for or/and been interviewed by major international publications such as BBC, CNN, CNBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, among others.


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