Date(s) - 15/05/2014
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Postgraduate Research Forum on Asia-Pacific
Title: Examining culture and performance: An Island/Archipelagic approach
This thesis, at the very basic, examines culture through the analytical frames of performance or performance studies. Furthermore, I am attempting to entangle the very complexity of such investigation with other emerging knowledge and critical fields in the humanities and the social sciences. This includes geography and its overlap with the interpretive tradition of humanities, or what some some scholars would call geohumanities (Cosgrove 1998, Dearet.al. 2011, Daniels et.al., 2011). Finally, under such integration of a discipline (geography) with a domain (humanities), an emerging paradigm is also relevant to my research approach. Island studies or studying islands in their own term (McCall 1994, Baldocchino 2006) or as an “island to island relationality” (Stratford et.al. 2011, Stratford 2013) — thus an archipelagic perspective — also frame my very own examination of culture and performance. Consequently, this framing comes from the very location of my research, which is the island/archipelagic space of my country, the Philippines.
Reagan Maiquez, before pursuing a research degree in theatre and performance studies, was actively engaged in teaching, research, community and extension work and creative writing at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños campus. He was a recipient of several national literary awards in the Philippines, including the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the Commission on the Philippine Language Award for Regional writing.