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WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE SEXUAL IN DIASPORA? Featuring Dr. Robert Diaz, Assistant Professor of English Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD)

THURSDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2014, 3:30-6:00PM
This symposium will feature a lecture by Dr. Robert Diaz and will include paper presentations from emerging scholars and community members around the central question of ‘What is the role of the sexual in diaspora?’.
Speakers will share their scholarly and political work and insights on this question with a particular focus on the Filipino diaspora in Canada and on the themes of migration, colonialism, empire building, race, gender and sexuality. The symposium will include a question and answer period for participants and audience members.
The overall objective of the symposium is to gather students, scholars and community members interested in discussing how sexualities and racialized queer bodies are involved in practices of diaspora.
  • “The Ruse of Visibility: Queer Filipinos/as and the Canadian Multicultural State” – Dr. Robert Diaz, Assistant Professor of English Ontario College of Art and Design University
  • (OCAD   University)
  • “Queering Filipino-Canadian studies: an auto-critique and research agenda” – Dr. John Paul Catungal, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow and Killam Honourary Fellow Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and Department of Geography, UBC
  • “On holding queer femme Pinay spaces in the diaspora” – Melanie Matining, Activist and Community Facilitator
  • “On the possibility of a decolonial and anti-racist sexual politics for Filipinos in Canada” – May Farrales, PhD Candidate, Geography, UBC
Philippine Studies Series, UBC; Liu Institute for Global Studies, UBC
Snacks and refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP at or or on Facebook (event page)

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