The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) of De La Salle University-Manila is inviting young critics and scholars to apply for fellowship to the 10th KRITIKA La Salle National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism.

As part of BNSCWC’s celebration of the Philippine National Arts Month, KRITIKA 10 will be held from February 2 to 24, 2022 on four consecutive Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. via Zoom.

Dr. Rolando B. Tolentino, esteemed cultural studies scholar and BNSCWC Associate for Criticism, is workshop director.

KRITIKA aims to give young scholars who want to commit themselves to art and cultural criticism a venue where they can discuss their work and concerns with established art critics and culture experts in the country. Advocating inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches, the workshop welcomes critical essays on literature, architecture, theatre, film, dance, music, visual arts, multi-art, and popular culture. Critical papers related to health, environment, gender, performance, and cultural heritage are encouraged.

For this edition, KRITIKA assesses the landscape of arts and cultural productions during and about the COVID19 pandemic, including the successes and remissions of what went right and wrong in the art and cultural works and spaces, institutions, personalities, creative and critical processes.

How are the creative and critical initiatives in the lockdown in dialog with and critical of state regimentation of lives, including those of the artists and cultural workers, and the rendering of the conditions of the possible in the pandemic? How are art and culture rendered essentials?

Manuscript should be an unpublished critical essay written in English, Filipino, or any other Philippine language. The manuscript must be accompanied by an abstract (150 to 200 words). Ideally, the manuscript should range from 5000 to 7500 words inclusive of notes and references. It should be on work/s by Filipino artist/s. It may involve the examination of more than one art form.

Manuscripts in languages other than English and Filipino must be accompanied by a translation into English or Filipino and the consent of the translator.

Eight to ten applicants will be chosen for the fellowships.

Interested applicants should submit their application portfolio via the Google form: Required PDF files include a cover letter explaining reason for applying; an unpublished critical paper; and curriculum vitae with photo. Sample published work may supplement the portfolio.

Deadline for application is October 15, 2021.

For inquiries, please email [email protected].