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February 02, 2011

Martin Manalansan, 1/31/11

Monday, January 31
4:00-6:00 pm
2239 Lane Hall
Martin Manalansan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
The House We Live in: Queer Habitations in the 21st Century
This presentation reports ethnographic micro-study of a household inhabited by unrelated mostly undocumented queers of color in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, New York City. It examines particular forms of sociality that shape how lives are embodied and how bodies are lived amidst cramped quarters and a dwindling world of opportunities. The analysis revolves around the ideas of precarity and stasis and the (im)possibilities of triumphalist futures and unbridled optimism.

Martin Manalansan is a sociocultural anthropologist interested in framing issues of gender and sexuality within processes of globalization and transnationalism. Additionally, he is interested in food, modernity, and urban life. His book, Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (2003), is a critical ethnography of Filipino gay men living in New York. He is currently at work on two Philippine-based projects, one on return migration of Filipinos from various parts of the world, and the other on Manila and contemporary productions of urban modernity. Martin Manalansan is the editor of Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America (2000), and co-editor of Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism (2002).


Workshop on Philippine Films with Martin Manalansan
Monday, January 31
12:00 pm-2:00pm
2239 Lane Hall
Professor Manalansan workshops his paper, Servicing the World Flexible Filipino and the Unsecured Life, on two films, the documentary Paper Dolls and Servis. Films and paper available prior to workshop. Please contact Victor Mendoza for details (

Sponsors: Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Department of Women’s Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Queer Research Initiative, CSEAS.

Posted by katemw at February 2, 2011 01:41 PM


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