Events: Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Elmo Gonzaga

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University—in cooperation with the Ateneo Institute for Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP)—will host a lecture by Elmo Gonzaga titled “Comparativisms in Southeast Asian Historical Cultural Studies.” The lecture is on May 31, 2017, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., at Faber Hall function room, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture—which is part of the 15th Ateneo National Writers Workshop—is open to the public.

Gonzaga’s abstract reads: “This paper examines the capacities of different historical and anthropological methodologies to perform a comparative, interdisciplinary, genealogical analysis of visual and literary culture in Southeast Asia. Against the popular nostalgia for lost spaces in many Asian cities, I will discuss how such a comparative method became necessary for uncovering the entangled configurations and experiences of capitalism and modernity in the commercial infrastructures and media technologies of Manila and Singapore during the 1930s and 1960s. Confronted by the silence, disarray, and recalcitrance of the archive, genealogical research ends up negotiating and modifying established norms of knowledge production, historical representation, and close reading.” 

About the lecturer

Elmo Gonzaga is Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he teaches courses in Critical Theory and Asian Modernity. He obtained his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley’s Rhetoric Department specializing in the Visual and Spatial Cultures of Southeast Asia and the Global South. He is the editor of a special section in Kritika Kultura on intermediality in archipelagic Southeast Asia. His most recent publication is a forthcoming essay in Cinema Journal on autoethnographic excess in the urban realism of Brillante Mendoza.