Beauty, Brutality, and the Neocolonial City

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Friday, March 22nd, 2019 – Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Friday, March 22, 20199:30AM - 3:00PM108N, North House, University of Toronto
Saturday, March 23, 20194:00PM - 6:00PMExternal Event, University of Toronto
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This two-day event brings together international scholars and critics to explore the complexity, dynamism, and significance of Manila within and beyond Asia. As a city that has experienced the multiple vestiges of empire, the disciplinary machinations of dictatorial rule, the effects an infamous “war on drugs”, and the continued realities of uneven resource distribution, Manila serves as a productive physical and ideological space to explore the dialogic nature of beauty and brutality—as these concepts intertwine in the urban repertoires of the global south. On March 22, speakers will reflect on how Manila influences their work as diasporic critics scholars. On March 23, renowned Filipino American author Jessica Hagedorn will have her Toronto debut and read from her most famous works. She will also converse with Lucy San Pablo Burns (UCLA), discussing her thoughts on the city, and Manila, as an imaginative space for her artistry and craft. Books can be purchased at the venue, in collaboration with Another Story Bookshop.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Welcoming Remarks
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Dialogue 1: Sensing the City
SPEAKERS: Ferdinand Lopez (Toronto); Gary Devilles (Ateneo De Manila); Paul Nadal (Princeton); Genevieve Clutario (Harvard)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Dialogue 2: Intimacies and the City
SPEAKERS: Robert Diaz (Toronto); Denise Cruz (Columbia); Martin Manalansan (Minnesota); Christine Balance (Cornell); Allan Isaac (Rutgers)

NEXUS LOUNGE, 12TH FLOOR, OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), 252 BLOOR ST. W.
A Reading with Noted Author Jessica Hagedorn, in Conversation with Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns (UCLA)
4:00 PM – 4:10 PM – Welcoming Remarks
4:10 PM – 4:30 PM – Performance by Patrick Salvani
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Reading with Jessica Hagedorn, and Conversation with Lucy Burns (UCLA)


Christine Bacareza Balance
Associate Professor, Asian American Studies and Performance Studies, Cornell University

Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns
Associate Professor, Asian American Studies Department, University of California, Los Angeles

Genevieve Clutario
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Harvard University

Denise Cruz
Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Robert Diaz
Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

Gary Devilles
Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of the Filipinos Studies, Ateneo De Manila University

Jessica Hagedorn
Author of Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The Gangster of Love and Dogeaters; Winner of the American Book Award

Allan Punzalan Isaac
Associate Professor, English and American Studies, Rutgers University

Ferdinand Lopez
Associate Professor of English, University of Santo Tomas; an incoming PhD student in Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto

Paul Nadal
Post-Doctoral Research Associate of American Studies, Princeton University

Martin Manalansan
Associate Professor, American Studies, University of Minnesota


New College Initiatives Fund

Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

Centre for Southeast Asian Studies

Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI)

School of Cities, University of Toronto

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