The MA in Literary and Cultural Studies Program (MA LCS) of the Department of English (AdMU) will host a symposium on June 20, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Faber Hall Function Room (AdMU). The symposium—titled Literary Limitrophies—showcases MA LCS students’ various capacities in archival research, theoretical engagement, and textual and cultural analysis.

The nine participants of the symposium are MA LCS students who have either recently graduated from the program or are finishing their thesis. The symposium will have three panels: (1) Memory, Bodies, and Trauma; (2) Autoethnography, Flanerie, and Urbanity; and (3) Alterity, Performance, and Politics. The presentations in Literary Limitrophies represent thought-provoking and timely theoretical and methodological interventions by MA LCS students, and point towards—despite numerous difficulties that condition and impede scholarship in the humanities—exciting research areas ahead: areas which, as the symposium title suggests, lie close to, if not beyond, current limits in the discipline of literary and cultural studies.

The symposium presenters are: Jimmy Dillo, Jr., Raymon Ritumban, Liza Constantino (Memory, Bodies, and Trauma); Mary Joy You, Karen Mata, and Franchesca Borras (Autoethnography, Flanerie, and Urbanity); Victor Bautista, Alexis Abejo, and Regina Regala (Alterity, Performance, and Politics). The keynote speaker for the symposium is Patrick Flores (Professor of Art Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman); the symposium convenor is Maria Karaan.

The symposium is open to the public.