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 13 to 15, 2015, is organized in collaboration with Ateneo Institute for Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) and National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA).

The KK criticism workshop will be part of the 12th 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, KK workshop fellows will take part in activities such as readings and lectures alongside fellows from AILAP; these activities explore intersections between criticism and creative writing.

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. Fellows will be entitled to a modest stipend. Revised versions of the manuscripts may be considered for publication in Kritika Kultura.

Applicants should submit papers on Philippine literary and cultural studies which explore issues that emerge from the engagements between the Filipino diasporic community and the culture and politics of the nation-state. 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, 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


Interested participants are requested to submit the following on or before Feb. 28, 2015:

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 ([email protected]) (cc: [email protected]; subject heading: KK Criticism Workshop). Selected fellows will be notified by late March 2015. For further details regarding Kritika Kultura, its editorial policy and manuscript format, please refer to the Kritika Kultura website.

For inquiries, please contact:

Vincenz Serrano, PhD

Editor in Chief

Kritika Kultura

e-mail: [email protected]

cc: [email protected]