Ateneo Press general sale extended till May 6

To accommodate more faculty members affected by the fires that gutted the UP Faculty Center and three UE buildings early this month, the Ateneo de Manila University Press is extending its general sale. Until May 6, all Ateneo Press titles are available at half price, and every affected faculty is entitled to one free book.

The general sale is part of the ongoing Sagip-Guro Campaign organized by a consortium of Philippine publishing houses. The Press also remains open for monetary donations. Proceeds will be placed in a DCB created especially for the cause and will be used to pay for the free books.

The discount does not apply at any other retail outlet. Selling hours are from 8AM to 5PM at the G/F Bellarmine Hall, Ateneo Press Bookshop (Tel. 426-6001, loc. 4613).

Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Vicente L. Rafael, Ramon Guillermo, and Vernon Totanes on Benedict Anderson

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University—in cooperation with the Rizal Library—will be hosting three lectures on the late Benedict Anderson, featuring Vicente L. Rafael, Ramon Guillermo, and Vernon Totanes. The lectures will be held on April 15, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at 4/f Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University. The event is open to the public.

Vicente L. Rafael’s lecture is titled “Contingency and Comparison: Recalling Benedict Anderson.” His abstract reads: “Benedict Anderson thrived on contingency as the basis for comparison. In this paper, I inquire as to how fortuitous meetings and unexpected conjunctions came to inform much of Ben’s thinking. I then ask how contingency opened the way to another key feature of Ben’s work: comparison.” Among other questions, Rafael also asks, “In what way did comparison function less as a method as what he called a discursive strategy, stimulated by a keen awareness of ‘strangeness and absence’?”

Guillermo’s lecture is titled “Revolusi! Rebolusyon!: A Filipino Revisiting of Benedict Anderson’s ‘The Languages of Indonesian Politics’ (1966).” His abstract reads: “‘The Languages of Indonesian Politics’ (1966) was one of the first published works of Benedict Anderson’s long and distinguished career. In that work, he introduced the concept of ‘revolutionary Malay’ which he asserted was the basis for the construction of Bahasa Indonesia as a national language. This paper proposes that the concept of ‘revolutionary Malay’ could be employed as a comparative tool in understanding the Philippine experience of language and revolution.”

Totanes’s lecture—“Travel and Traffic: The Publication, Distribution, and Survival of Imagined Communities”—will relate how “in 2006, Verso published a new edition of Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities (IC) almost 25 years after the first edition was published in London and New York in 1983. Aside from its cover, the new edition’s most striking feature was its author’s reflections on his book’s journey around the world. This paper examines, updates, and critiques Anderson’s conclusions in light of the evidence that he offers, along with additional data about IC and other books from various sources, to contextualize, reconstruct, and better appreciate IC’s publication, distribution, and survival using the framework and methods of the discipline known as book history.”

Vicente L. Rafael is Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of several works on the history and cultural politics of the Philippines. His most recent work is Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language Amid Wars of Translation, published by Duke University Press and co-published by the Ateneo de Manila Press (2016).

Ramon Guillermo is Professor of Philippine Studies at the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, University of the Philippines Diliman. He is the author of several works on indigenization theory, translation studies and digital philology. He worked with the late Benedict Anderson and Carlos Sardiña Galache on the translation of Isabelo de los Reyes’s Ang Diablo sa Filipinas ayon sa Nasasabi sa  mga Casulatan Luma sa Kastila (The Devil in the Philippines according to Ancient Spanish Documents), published by Anvil Press (2014).

Vernon Totanes is the Director of the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University. His doctoral dissertation, titled “History of the Filipino History Book,” recently won the Young Historian’s Prize from the National Commission on Culture and the Arts.

KK Reading Series presents transit

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University—in cooperation with the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP), the Fine Arts Program, and the Rizal Library—will host a lecture and reading by the editorial team of transit, an online journal and small press initiative. The launch of the proposition and call for submissions for the sixth issue follows the lecture and reading. The event will be on Apr. 18, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at 4/f Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University. The event is open to the public.

The overview of the talk offered by the editors reads: “In the plenitude of platforms made possible by the internet and the inversely proportional limited avenues of literary production in the Philippines, how is an online literary /intermedia journal to position itself in order to unsettle the discourses that hinder the development of our understanding of innovative literary practices in relation to literary history, in order to enable the engagement with the ethical dimension of the practice of literary arts in a country such as ours? Ethics, in this sense, as thinking about a certain sense of worth in the work that we do, and thinking about a sense of futurity in our understanding of our contemporary literary practices. Transit’s talk will focus on the idea of a proposition–how such an aggressive strategy, i.e., as statement of conviction, forces us, as practitioners and readers, to think about and form an understanding of what we do, why we do it, what is at stake, what is forgone, i.e., an understanding of our position in this literary landscape. The idea of proposition as belief, as challenge, as instigation, coupled with the privileging of the notions of the new and the future—how does such a positioning help us decide to keep on writing ethically, based on the awareness of our accountabilities and privileges as writers in a country like ours?”


About the readers

Carlos Quijon, Jr. writes essays and poetry. His works have been published in High Chair, DiscLab, Cabinet, The Literary Apprentice, and in the Kritika Kultura Anthology of New Writing in English. New work is forthcoming in the Kritika Kultura Special Literary Section for the Contemporary Philippine Essay. He has been chosen as a fellow in Para Site’s Workshops for Emerging Art Professionals to be held this October. He was also a fellow for Hybrid Text in the 13th Ateneo National Writers Workshop. He is founding editor of transit and is, with Gerick King, co-founder of modo, a design studio that specializes in arts-related design projects. His chapbook DECOMPOSITION was published in 2012.

Christian Benitez is a writer of poetry, prose, and things in-between. Taking up Filipino Literature with a minor degree in Creative Writing at the Ateneo de Manila University, he was a fellow for local and international writer’s workshop and his works have been published in several publications and literary journals. His poetry has been awarded by the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature and Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards. He is the Filipino Editor of Heights, the official literary and artistic student publication of the university, and an Editor of transit: an online journal. His first poetry chapbook, Rhetoric, was published in 2015.

Jeivi Nicdao is a senior AB Psychology and AB Panitikan (Filipino) major at the Ateneo de Manila University. She was a fellow for tula in the 20th Ateneo Heights Writers Workshop, the 15th IYAS National Writers Workshop, and the 13th Ateneo National Writers Workshop. Her works in English and Filipino have been published in Heights, where she is a member of the current editorial board. Rouse, her first chapbook, was published last year.

Karize Michella Uy graduated with a Communication Arts degree from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. Aside from being published in transit, her works have also been featured in The Sunday Times, Philippines Free Press, The Cabinet, HESA Inprint, Qarrtsiluni, DiscLab, and recently, in PiKo, an anthology of children’s comics. Her photographs were also shown in Slideluck Manila. She serves as co-editor of The Cabinet, a multimedia arts collective that fosters emergent and liminal forms of storytelling.

Dana Lee Delgado was raised partly in Marikina, and partly in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she lived and studied for ten years. She earned her BA in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and is an alumna of the UP Writers Club. These days she divides her time between editing books and hanging out with her dog Atticus. She is also working on a new collection of essays. Her work has appeared in Ampersand and Kritika Kultura. Seven is her first chapbook.

Yohan Belarmino is a writer and photographer. He graduated from the University of the Philippines in Los Baños with a degree in Communication Arts major in writing. His college thesis “Furniture Stories” won best creative thesis in 2015. He was a member of PANTAS UPLB, a literary organization devoted to short story writing and criticism.



Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Mauricio D. Aguilera Linde

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University will host a lecture by Dr. Mauricio D. Aguilera Linde titled “Saroyan’s Travel Memories: Contesting National Identities for Armenian-Americans during the Great Depression.” This lecture will be on Apr. 7, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at NGF Room, 1/f de la Costa Hall, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture is open to the public.

Aguilera Linde’s abstract reads: “Written at the onset of the decline of his meteoric popularity, Saroyan’s Little Children (1937), a book that never drew much critical attention, raises important questions concerning the bifocal orientation of immigrants during the Great Depression. Among the stories included in the volume, “Around the World with General Grant” proves to be particularly revealing of the writer’s double consciousness. By juxtaposing the master narrative of the president’s global tour and the petit récit of the family’s exile, the narrator composes a liminal narrative that pits the assimilationist thrust of the national pedagogy (epitomized by the travelogue’s imperial vision) against the child’s performative ability to fracture the linear, homogeneous time of the host nation though his allusions to the destroyed homeland and his father’s exodus. In addition to Homi K. Bhabha’s concept of cultural liminality, this article also explores the role of cultural memory and communicative memory (Jan Assman) in the travel binaries (travel-fantasy vs. exile; tourism vs. migration; recreation vs. diaspora) that constantly merge and collide together throughout the story. I present a detailed discussion of the author’s conflicting sense of Armenianness and the pivotal role of memory and place in his short fiction and autobiographical writings before contending that the child narrator’s “night of unplacement” (“the unhomely moment” in Bhabha’s words) prefigures Saroyan’s diasporic subjectivity perpetually engaged on a contradictory negotiation of both memory frames.

Mauricio D. Aguilera Linde is a senior lecturer at the University of Granada, Spain, where he has been teaching American literature since 1992. At present on the BA in English he teaches a six credit course on US culture (second year); a period course on American drama (from Glaspell to Fornes), and a course on avant-garde narratives (from Hemingway to Carver). A visiting senior fellow at the University of Rutgers (New Jersey), The Linguistic University of Moscow (Russia), Delhi University, California University at Berkeley, and a visiting scholar of Stanford on several occasions (1996 and 2004), he has been very actively involved in the research of contemporary American drama and short fiction. His articles on William Saroyan, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and O. Henry, have been published in journals such as American Drama; Journal of the Short Story in English: Cahiers de la Nouvelle; Tennessee Williams Annual Review; Atlantis: Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies; Cuento en Red: Revista Electrónica de Teoría de Ficción Breve; and Miscelánea: Journal of Anglo-American Studies. His current research interests are centered upon diaspora and memory, more specifically the immigration stories of the 1930s and 1940s in California (Saroyan, Bulosan and Fante).

Consortium of Philippine publishing houses announces Sagip-Guro to help UP Diliman Faculty Center rebuilding

The University of the Philippines Press, Anvil Publishing Inc., the Ateneo de Manila University Press, and the De La Salle University Press are each offering special sales packages, to benefit the teachers whose offices were gutted in the fire that hit the UP Diliman Faculty Center last April 1, 2016.

Starting April 6 until November 29, the University of the Philippines Press will be giving a 75 percent discount to all its titles. It will also donate a set of its pertinent titles to each of the affected departments.

De La Salle University Press is also offering 75 percent discount to its titles.

Anvil Publishing is offering two rates: 80 percent to its titles from 2009 and older, and 20 percent off for titles from 2010 to the present.

Ateneo de Manila Press will be conducting a general sale—all books at half-price—starting April 18, to last until April 29. Each faculty member will be entitled to one free book.

For all the participating presses, purchases will be checked against a master list of the affected faculty members (numbering 267, from all the five academic departments of the College of Arts and Letters, and four departments in the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy of UP Diliman). Multiple purchases for any one title are not allowed, but there is no limit to the number of individual books that may be bought. Donors are welcome to purchase books under the names of the teachers they wish to support. For donation tracking, bring a photocopy of any identification card.

Other details are available from the following:

For UP Press, visit, or call up 9284391 loc. 112.

For Anvil Publishing, visit:, or call up 4774755 to 57.

For the De La Salle University Publishing House, call up 5234281 or 5244611 local 271.

For Ateneo de Manila University Press, call up 4265984 or 4266001 local 4612-13.

Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Mark Raftery-Skehan

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University will host a lecture by Dr. Mark Raftery-Skehan titled “Unbearable Affinities with the All-too-human: Richter and Littell’s Intimate Representations of a Nazi.” This event will be on Apr. 4, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at SOM 111, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture is open to the public.

For this lecture, Raftery-Skehan will do a text/image analysis that focuses on Gerhard Richter’s photo-realistic Onkel Rudi (1965) and Jonathan Littell’s novel Les Bienveillantes (2006).  In his abstract, Raftery-Skehan notes that “both works are disturbingly personal representations of figures associated with Nazism, and thus with the most heinous crimes, achieved through the equivalent pictorial and literary forms of a portrait photograph of Rudi, and the fictional memoir of an SS officer, Aue.”

To understand why the artist and the novelist each chose such a rendering, Raftery-Skehan “[will] explore a second text/image equivalence in their narrative and pictorial modes of blurring—in Richter smearing his image, and in Littell’s unreliable narrator, whose otherwise historically accurate accounts are interspersed with hallucinations and self-delusions.”

Raftery-Skehan will demonstrate how “the intimate, human portrayal thrusts us into the consciousness of the Nazi, the blurring in each case serving to projected into the blind, blinkered and self-deceptive nature of that historical consciousness. Rudi’s incongruous show of good cheer for the portrait photograph, and Aue’s willingly delusional consciousness regarding his murders, suggest their blithe obliviousness to the grim reality in which they partook. A third parallel exists in the works; lest the sense of common identity with the Nazi—which is entirely necessary to and potentially warrants the demonstration of the blind and false consciousness of the Nazi—cause us to empathise excessively with the figure, both works juxtapose the figure with the conventional illustrious or heroic figure of the military portrait and the tragic hero.”

Dr. Mark Raftery-Skehan is a Visiting Professor at the Departments of Philosophy and of English, Ateneo de Manila University. Having been involved in projects translating Derrida and Mallarmé, he is now finalizing a work on the idea of a textual imagination in Hegel and Derrida. His research explores modernist French literature and art, text/visual relations, Derridean deconstruction and Heideggerian critique of metaphysics, and the phenomenology of space and place.

Kritika Kultura Issue 26 to be launched this March 28

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, is launching its 26th issue on Mar. 28, 2016, 5:00 p.m., at CTC 413, Ateneo de Manila University.

For its regular section, KK 26 features articles by Preciosa de Joya and by Muhammad Alkali and Rosli Talif titled “Exorcising Communist Specters and Witch Philosophers: The Struggle for Academic Freedom of 1961” and “Reconstructing the Female Sex in Emergent Novels” respectively.

This issue includes a Forum Kritika on Arts, Peace, and Conflict, guest edited by Brian Desmond (University of Chester), Antoinette McKane (Liverpool Hope University), Terry Phillips (Liverpool Hope University), and Zoe Zontou (Liverpool Hope University). It contains the articles “From Leonardo to Picasso (1939-1953): The Masters Who Marked War and Peace in Milan” by Silvia Colombo; “German Art About War Today and a Century Ago: A Curator’s View” by Martin Bayer; “From Healing to Hope: The Continuing Influence of the Chilean Arpilleras” by T. Randahl Morris; “Truth, Justice, and Performative Knowledge: Chokri Ben Chikha’s Theatrical “Truth Commission” on (Neo)colonial Injustices” by Klaas Tindemans; and “Education of Today Is the Security of Tomorrow!: Strengthening the Capacities to Create Secure Environments with Cultural Education” by Hannah Reich and Raphael Vergin.

KK 26 also features a Forum Kritika on Manga Culture and Critique, which is guest edited by Jaqueline Berndt (Kyoto Seika University). It begins with an introduction by Berndt titled “Manga Beyond Critique?” This section contains the essays “Post 3-11 Japanese Political Cartooning with a Satirical Bite: Non-Newspaper Cartoons and Their Potential” by Ronald Stewart; “Communicating Emotions: How Commercial Manga for Women Approaches 3.11” by Olga Antononoka; “Kouno Fumiyo’s Hiroshima Manga: A Style-Centered Attempt at Re-reading” Takeuchi Miho; “Re-viewing Thomas Lamarre’s The Anime Machine after Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises: On the Critical Potential of Anime” by Selen Çalik; and “From ‘Game-like Realism’ to the ‘Imagination-oriented Aesthetic’: Reconsidering Bourdieu’s Contribution to Fan Studies in the Light of Japanese Manga and Otaku Theory” by Zoltan Kacsuk.

Also featured in this issue of Kritika Kultura are the articles culled from a symposium about critic E. San Juan, Jr. Edited by Charlie Samuya Veric—who also organised the symposium on San Juan—this section is titled “Critical Futures: The Places of E. San Juan, Jr.” It begins with “Pasts and Futures of E. San Juan, Jr.,” Veric’s introduction to the section. This is followed by a series of essays: Efren R. Abueg’s “Alaalang Pampanitikan: Si Epifanio San Juan, Jr. Sa Panitikang Filipino”; Rolando B. Tolentino’s “E. San Juan, Jr. at ang Diskursong Kulturang Popular”; Michael D. Pante and Leo Angelo Nery’s “Migration, Imagination, and Transformation: Revisiting E. San Juan’s Carlos Bulosan and the Imagination of the Class Struggle”; Elmer A. Ordoñez’s “E. San Juan, Jr.: Remembering the Struggles During Martial Law”; Rachel Peterson and Joseph Wedland’s “Lessons from E. San Juan, Jr. on Resistance, Diversity, and Anti-Materialism in the Academy”; Michael Joseph Viola’s “‘Land is Life’: Reflections on E. San Juan, Jr., Considerations for Filipino Critical Theory, and Notes for Environmental Justice in the United States and the Philippines”; Kenneth E. Bauzon’s “Themes from the History of Capitalism to the Rise of US Empire in the Pacific, With Annotations from Selected Works of E. San Juan, Jr.”; and Charlie Samuya Veric’s “Vernacular World Making: E. San Juan, Jr. and the Rehearsal for the New International,” These essays are followed by a response from E. San Juan, Jr. titled “Metakomentaryo sa Pagkakataon ng Kolokyum Ukol sa ‘The Places of E. San Juan, Jr.’” The section ends with an essay by Delia Aguilar titled “Memory Work.”

The Monograph Section—edited by Ma. Socorro Q. Perez—features Cirila Limpangog’s study of the career impediments and opportunities of Filipinas living in Australia: “Resuming the ‘Skilled Worker’ Identity: The Filipinas’ Strategies in Labour Market Participation in Melbourne, Australia.”

The Monograph is followed by the Short Takes Section, a suite of curated reviews on a single work (book, performance, film, or exhibit). For this issue, this section—edited by Charlie Samuya Veric—considers the work Rays of the Invisible Light: Collected Works by Young Moro Writers (ed. Gutierrez Mangansakan II). Short Takes includes three reviews: Charlson Ong’s “Shadow Lands, Strange Light”; Kristoffer Brugada’s “Mga Bintana ng Liwanag sa Hilaga”; and Jose Maria de Nazareno’s “The Noble Jihad.”

KK 26 ends with a special Literary Section guest edited by Ramon Guillermo (University of the Philippines Diliman) and Martin Villanueva (Ateneo de Manila University). It features the following pieces: Neobie Gonzalez’s “What do I call this beating:”; an excerpt from Carlos Quijon, Jr.’s “Dossier on Specific Fabrications”; Robert Nery’s “The Wait on Quezon Avenue”; Richard Calayeg Cornelio’s “Ablation”; Ian Rosales Casocot’s “Bamboo Girl”; John Bengan’s “Outside”; Denver Ejem Torres’s “Restoring the lost hiniktan”’ Carissa Pobre’s “After Beethoven”; Arbeen Acuna’s “Reverse Carnival, Reactionary Laughter: Critique of an Intermission”; Janine Go Dimaranan and Ivan Emil A. Labayne’s “The Economic Aspect in Contemporary Writing and the Matter of Class in Literature: Reading Selected Conceptual Works”; J. Neil Garcia’s “Myth and the Poetics of Self: The Critical Corpus of Gémino H. Abad”; and Eulalio R. Guieb III’s “Jandayan Island: Symphony of dry winds in a time without rain.”

A simple reception follows the launch. The event is open to the public.

Kritika Kultura is indexed in Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI), SCOPUS, EBSCO, DOAJ and a host of other important indexes and databases.


Kritika Kultura Reading Series presents Martin Villanueva and Ramon Guillermo

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University—in cooperation with the Fine Arts Program (AdMU) and the Rizal Library—will host a lecture by Martin Villanueva and Ramon Guillermo. Villanueva and Guillermo are the guest editors of the special literary section on the Philippine literary essay, which will be part of the 26th issue of Kritika Kultura. A reading by Richard Calayag Cornelio, Carissa Pobre, and Carlos Quijon, Jr.—contributors to the literary section—will follow the lecture. The event will be on Mar. 15, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at 4/f Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University.

Villanueva and Guillermo will discuss the editorial sensibility and decisions which informed their process of putting together the special literary section. As they argue in their introduction, the contemporary Philippine essay sees the “value in breaking free from ‘creative nonfiction’ and returning to the weight that ‘essay’ brings with it in terms of etymology and therefore impetus, and also in terms of its long tradition which extends beyond informality, storytelling, and gestures toward supposed universal themes and leisurely affairs.” Moreover, the contemporary Philippine essay has the capacity to “include intelligent analysis, insightful criticism, intensive and self-reflexive reflection and rumination, as well as alertness to form.”

About the editors

Ramon Guillermo is Associate Professor at the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines-Diliman. He has written books and essays on translation studies, indigenization theory in the social sciences, and Philippine writing systems. He obtained a PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Hamburg, Germany. 

Martin V. Villanueva teaches creative writing and literature at the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), where he is currently Director of the Fine Arts Program and the coordinator of its BFA Creative Writing degree program. He finished his undergraduate studies at AdMU and has an MFA in Creative Writing from De La Salle University. His essays have received prizes from the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and have been published most recently in Plural Prose Journal and Kritika Kultura. He was co-editor of the lyric essay issue of High Chair (with Oliver Ortega), published in 2015.

Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Robert Diaz

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University—in cooperation with Kagawaran ng Filipino—will be hosting a lecture by Robert Diaz titled “Reimagining Cultural Citizenship: Artistic Production in Filipino Canadian Lives.” The lecture will be on Feb. 23, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at SEC C 201, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture is open to the public.

In this talk, Dr. Diaz reflects on the political, theoretical, and cultural significance of Visualizing the Intimate In Filipino Lives (Jan. 23, 2015-Feb. 15, 2015), an art exhibit that was held as part of Diasporic Intimacies. Diasporic Intimacies was series of groundbreaking events that brought together Filipino/a artists, scholars, and community members in Toronto to examine the contributions of marginalized Filipinos/as to Canadian culture and society. Both the art exhibit and the larger event event prioritized the links between artistic, scholarly, and community-based forms of knowledge production. By focusing on this exhibit, and the nuances embedded in the work of Filipino Canadian artists, Diaz suggests that sexually marginalized and “othered” Filipinos unsettle the official policies of multiculturalism, which often define a very limited understanding of what Filipino participation in Canadian society means. He argues that these artists thus animate the power of diasporic intimacies, desire, and memories to produce more capacious and more complicated notions of cultural citizenship in Canada. They enact what the critic Isaac West calls “transformational” forms of citizenship, which rely on “the inventive capabilities of individuals to navigate and complicate the discursive terrains of recognition” that shape their daily lives.

Dr. Robert Diaz is an Assistant Professor at OCAD University, the largest and oldest art and design university in Canada. His teaching and scholarship focus on the intersections of Sexuality, Filipino, Asian, and Postcolonial Studies. Diaz is currently co-editing Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos/as and Canadian Imaginaries (under contract with Northwestern University Press), which brings together artists, scholars, and community workers in order to examine the contributions of queer Filipinos/as to Canadian culture and society. His first book project, Reparative Acts: Redressive Nationalisms and Queer Filipino/a Lives, examines how Filipino/a nationalisms from the 1970s onwards have also possessed a redressive valence. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in Signs, GLQ, Women and Performance, Journal of Asian American Studies, Filipino Studies: Palimpsest of Nation and Diaspora, and Global Asian Popular Culture.

Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Mark Sanchez

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.