[Blueboard] Thesis Defense of Mr. Juan Miguel Leandro Quizon

Department of English [LS] english.soh at ateneo.edu
Mon Apr 3 11:46:19 PHT 2017


MA Literary and Cultural Studies candidate

will defend his thesis entitled "ECONOMY CLASS: ARCHITECTONICS AND LITERARY
(Wednesday), 5:00 p.m. at English Department Meeting Room, G/F de la Costa

Panel of Examiners:

Dr. Oscar Campomanes, Department of English, ADMU

Dr. Gary Devilles, Kagawaran ng Filipino, ADMU

Dr. Jocelyn Martin, Department of English, ADMU

Thesis Adviser:

Mr. Miguel Antonio Lizada, Department of English, ADMU

The thesis defense is open to the public.

​The thesis examines the Manila International Airport (MIA), specifically
the terminal commissioned for reconstruction under the auspices of
Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, and how the experiences of Overseas Contract
Workers (OCWs) inside this public space interrogate the larger narrative of
their Conjugal Dictatorship. By using Henri Lefebvre’s spatial triad, the
thesis begins by theorizing the family rhetoric propelled by the Marcoses
through premeditated myth-making that established their monarchial
legacy – *Ang
Bagong Lipunan.* This New Order Society utilized various forms of
propagandistic representations to institutionalize their dynasty – through
vernacular culture and the arts. Through the erection of monumental state
edifices, the Marcoses established their authority in terms of building
their utopic society. The thesis builds and extends on Gerard Lico’s work
on Marcosian edifices by focusing on the MIA and how this public space
presents contradictions and contestations against the larger narrative of
the country’s political economy during the time of *Ang Bagong Lipunan*.
Focusing on the MIA, I demonstrate how the interaction of OCWs and their
written experiences inside the terminal characterize the overall
architectonics of the Marcos Regime. Hence, the containment of power
relished by the elite is guaranteed through the dispersion of the ordinary
folk. This dispersal is brought about by spectacular and opulent promises
that, ultimately, prove to be hollow and empty.​

Department of English
School of Humanities
Ateneo de Manila University
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Quezon City 1108
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Email: english.soh at ateneo.edu
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