“Elitism in Art and Culture” is a one-day conference that is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any Philippine university or college. It will be held on the 23rd of July 2016 at De La Salle University, Manila and is an event organized and sponsored by the host university’s Department of Literature. No conference fee will be collected. Meals and snacks will be provided.
 
The keynote speaker of the conference is Dr. Martin Manalansan, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, Anthropology, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, LAS Global Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
We invite 250 words abstracts from qualified students on topics, which may include but are not limited to:
 
High/ low Culture
High Theory
Modernism
Anti-intellectualism
Popular Culture
Public Intellectuals
University Rankings
The Middle Class
Marxist approaches to culture
Art and Activism
Literary Awards
The Canon
English Departments
Taste
Art and Social Media
Regional Literatures
Provincialism
Fascism
 
Abstracts are to be electronically submitted on or before the 22nd of June 2016. Kindly email your abstract with short bio note to dlsu.elitismconference@gmail.com
Acceptance letters will be sent out by the 28th of June 2016.
 
Exceptional participants coming from outside Metro Manila are eligible to receive travel assistance. Interested participants may request for a travel bursary in their email.
 
Important Dates:
Abstracts Due: June 22, 2016.
Notification of Acceptance: June 28, 2016.
Conference Date: July 23, 2016.
 
About the keynote speaker:
Professor Martin Manalansan is the author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2003; Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2006). He is editor/co-editor of four anthologies namely,  Filipino Studies: Palimpsests of Nation and Diaspora (New York University Press, 2016) , Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America (Temple University Press, 2000) and Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism (New York University Press, 2002), Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (New York University Press, 2013) He has edited several journal special issues include a special issue of the International Migration Review on gender and migration and more recently, a special issue of the  Journal of Asian American Studies entitled “Feeling Filipinos.”