Forum tackles queer intimacies and Filipinos tomorrow, June 22

Queer filipinx artist  Kimmortal joins academics to present her interpretation of the topics that will be discussed in the forum. (Photography by Matthew Power for Discorder Magazine.

Vancouver, B.C.

Scholars share works on how Filipinos navigate queer intimacies

Three scholars will present their works on Filipinos’ positions and home-making in Canada as it emerges from histories of intimacy and care relations.

Professor Robert Diaz (University of Toronto), Dr. Chris Patterson (Hong Kong Baptist University), Dr. Marissa Largo with Chris Lee of UBC Institute of Race, Gender, Sexuality, will present their works in a forum tomorrow, June 22 at SFU Harbour Centre 515 W. Hastings at 6 PM – 9 PM.

They will be joined by  Kimmortal, ( Kim Villagante ) multidisciplinary queer filipinx artist , sharing a presentation that will combine visual and audio mediums that touch on topics discussed in the panel.

The event is organized by the UBC Philippine Studies Series in cooperation with Simon Fraser University’s Institute for Transpacific Cultural Studies Research.

Friday’s roundtable is a joint launch of Diasporic Intimacies (2017), Transitive Cultures (2018), and ADVC’s “Asian Canadian” special issue: “Beyond Canada 150”.

Professor Robert Diaz will present on the process and collective formulation of his recent collection entitled Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian Imaginaries (2017). This collection presents, “a rich and under-studied archive of personal reflections, in-depth interviews, creative works, and scholarly essays that address the need for queer, transgressive, and utopian practices that render visible histories of migration, empire building, settler colonialism, and globalization”

Professor Robert Diaz. (Philippine Reporter)

Christopher Patterson will debut “Transitive Cultures: Anglophone Literature of the Transpacific” (2018). It considers how various writers enact a variety of hybrid, transnational identities and intimacies in Southeast Asia, Hawaii, Canada and the US mainland through the strategic use of English.

Marisa Largo, PHD Candidate from the University of Toronto’s Department of Social Justice Education, and UBC’s Professor Chris Lee will present their recent special issue of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas that focuses on Asian Canadians.





In recognition of our responsibilities as settlers with ongoing relations to colonial processes, organizers of this talk acknowledge and recognize that our meeting will take place on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, specifically the Musquem, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Nations.

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