[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Robert Diaz

Department of English [LS] english.soh at ateneo.edu
Fri Feb 19 11:18:44 PHT 2016

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,
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

Department of English
School of Humanities
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Email: english.soh at ateneo.edu
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