Kritika Kultura, the refereed e-journal of language and literary/cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University features a lecture by Prof. Martin Manalansan IV of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The event—part of the Kritika Kultura Lecture Series—is entitled “Queer Dwellings: Precarity, Migrancy and Fabulosity,” and will be on January 11, 2013, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Social Science Conference Room 3 and 4 in Ateneo de Manila University.
The abstract reads: “Queer Dwellings is about the paradoxical, ambivalent, often incoherent messy bodily arrangements and quotidian encounters between people living in the margins, specifically, queer immigrants of color in New York City. I am interested in inter-subjective experiences and actions that fuel people lives, actions, and imaginings and the creation of specific affective and sensory landscapes. I focus on the bodily productions of selfhood and collectivity in the midst of squalor, exclusions, and isolation, particularly as these people deploy their sensorial and bodily techniques to worldly situations. My account is based on the quotidian exigencies of the immigrant queer body and how a politics of affect and the senses can provide a window into more expansive ways of acting and being in the world. To put it another way, I am concerned with the ethics and aesthetics of habitation that hopefully, will give flesh to a politics that is responsive to some of the ways queer lives are lived now.”
Manalansan is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies and Conrad Professorial Humanities Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is an affiliate faculty in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, the Global Studies Program and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. He is the author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2003; Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2006) which was awarded the Ruth Benedict Prize in 2003. He is editor/co-editor of two anthologies, 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) as well as a special issue of International Migration Review on gender and migration. Presently, he is Social Science Review Editor of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies and is on the editorial board of the American Anthropologist, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association. His current book projects include the ethical and embodied dimensions of the lives and struggles of undocumented queer immigrants, Asian American immigrant culinary cultures, sensory and affective dimensions of race and difference, and Filipino return migration.