Invited Talks and Conferences


Indira Allegra: Intervention/Tension as Creative Material. Moderator and discussant for artist talk. University of Washington Bothell, January 9, 2018

“Shaping Memory and Conveying Meaning about Filipino America.” Invited presentation, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC, December 8, 2017

“The Art of Salvage: Mapping Blackness and Waste Through Michael Arcega’s Nacireman Excavation.” Invited public lecture, Kritika Kultura Journal and the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines, September 8, 2017

“Mapping Leather and Brown in San Francisco’s South of Market.” Public talk for “Bodies and Borders: Performance and Resistance,” IAS Research Colloquium, University of Washington-Bothell, April 18, 2017

Critical Acts: Decoding Art & Performance. Co-organizer and featured forum presenter. School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington-Bothell, March 1, 2017

“Salvaging Blackness: Geographies of Waste and Race in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point.” Public lecture, Department of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 30, 2016

State of the State: Filipino/American Contemporary Art in the Bay Area. Lead organizer and roundtable discussion  moderator. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, May 21, 2015

“Critical Art History Pedagogies and Participatory Teaching Praxis.”  Workshop. Artists Teaching Art, Department of Art & Art History, San Jose State University, April 13, 2015

“Worlds in Collision: The Life and Work of Carlos Villa.” Filipino American Arts, Department of Art,University of San Francisco, February 17, 2015

Lav Diaz’s Norte, The End of History Post-Film Deep Dive Discussion. Moderator and discussant. 2014 New Filipino Cinema series, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, June 21, 2014

“The Fall of the International Hotel and San Francisco’s Asian American Movement.” Filipino American Arts, Department of Art, University of San Francisco, February 27 and March 4, 2014

“Blues Narratives and Indigenous Imaginaries: On a Critical Filipino/American Poetics of Place.” Mapping Colonial Amnesia: Filipino/American Cultural Landscapes. Center for Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley, October 18, 2012

“Yellow Power: The Asian American Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.” Introduction to Asian American Literature & Cultural Studies, Literature Department, UC San Diego, February 16, 2012

“Queering Filipino America.” Introduction to Asian American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, UCSD, February 2011 and November 2009

“The Borders between Bakla and Gay.” Introduction to Critical Gender Studies, UCSD, February 2009

“Women of Color and Third Wave Feminisms.” Introduction to Critical Gender Studies, UCSD, November 2008

“Environmental Abuse and Women: Case Study of Guimaras.” Environmental Racism, Department of Ethnic Studies, UCSD, August 2008

“Militarization and Women’s Resistance in the Philippines.” Asian and Latina Workers in the Global Economy, Department of Ethnic Studies, UCSD, July 2008

“Dare to Struggle: Militant Queer Mass Solidarity Organizing in the US and Philippines.” Tongue 2 Tongue Queer Women of Color Conference, Los Angeles, September 2007

“Globalism, Invisibility, and Visibility of Pinays.” Special seminar on “Pinayism,” Department of Ethnic Studies, UCSD, February 2007


ACADEMIC CONFERENCES: Paper Presentations, Roundtable Discussions, Panel Moderation

“From Black (W)holes, A Light.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. November 19, 2017

“The Aesthetics of Salvage: Visualizing Life and Death in Neo-Fascist Times.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 10, 2017

“Punk in a Time of Genocide: Filipino/American Sonic Resistance to Marcos and Duterte.” Pop Conference at Museum of Popular Culture, Seattle, WA, April 21, 2017.

Fostering (Un)Disciplined Scholars Online: A Filipina/o/x/American Studies Roundtable. Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, April 15, 2017

“Archipelagic Visualities: Methods of Reading Transpacific Contemporary Filipino and Filipino Diasporic Art.” Palimpsests 2 Filipino Studies Conference, San Diego, CA, October 15, 2016

“Salvaging the Bayview: Repurposing Blackness and/as Waste in San Francisco Artist Residencies.” Session organizer and presenter. Association of Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Miami, FL, April 30, 2016

Asian American Sexualities and the Reproduction of Misery in US Popular Culture. Panel discussant and chair. American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, October 8, 2015

 Desiring, Writing, Thinking, Recording: The University in the Asian American Literary Imagination. Participant, closed seminar. Cultural Studies Association Conference, Riverside, CA, May 2015

Multos, Aswangs, and Empire: Decolonial Geographies in Filipino Graphic Novels.” Association of Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Evanston, IL, April 25, 2015

Collaboration, Community, and Crisis: A Roundtable on Filipino/American Art Now. Session organizer, moderator, and chair.  American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, November 8, 2014

“Performing the Filipino/American Blues: Remapping Histories of Migration and Displacement through the Work of Al Robles and Carlos Villa.” Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 17, 2014

“‘I Will Always Love You’: Embracing the Monstrous as a Form of Survival.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November 21, 2013

Pacific Crosscurrents: New Scholarship at the Interstices of Filipino and Filipino American Studies. Roundtable organizer and participant. Critical Ethnic Studies Conference II, University of Illinois- Chicago, September 20, 2013

“To Organize the World, To Make It Universally Accessible and Useful: Silicon Valley Monsters in M.O.B.’s Manananggoogle Project.”  Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, April 18, 2013

Proper Document[asian]: Storytelling as Spectacle and Specter of Empire. Panel discussant and chair. Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, April 18, 2013

“Ifugao Spirits in the Opposite of Eden: On a Filipino/American Poetics of Place.” MELUS Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA, April 22, 2012

“’Dear Love… this street is not yours’: Feminist Cartographies of Filipino San Francisco.” Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, University of California, San Diego, March 30, 2012

“Whose Trail to Freedom? Improper Genres and Cosmopolitan Subjectivities in Kim Sunee’s Trail of Crumbs” Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, May 21, 2011

Area Studies and Ethnic Studies: Epistemic Junctures, (Anti-)Disciplinarity, and the Politics of Division. Roundtable participant. Critical Ethnic Studies Conference, University of California, Riverside, March 12, 2011

“Domesticating the Carceral, Incarcerating the Domestic: On the Production of the ‘Filipino’ Subject.”  Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, April 10, 2010

“Queer Zombies and Electric Dreams: Spectacle, Discipline and Sexuality in the Philippines and United States.” Viral Ports, Virtual Currents: Interconnections between Media, the Arts and the Everyday in Southeast Asia and its Diasporas, University of California, Riverside, October 2, 2009

“Electric Dreams and the Nightmare of Queerness: Performing Filipina/American Identities in the Diaspora.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, October 17, 2008

“Banal Spectacles, or How to Discipline the Filipino/American Body.” Filipino American Studies at the Crossroads Conference, University of California, Santa Cruz, April 5, 2008

“The Thrill of Queering the Diaspora: (Mis)translations between the US and Philippines.” 18th Annual Thinking Gender Conference, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, February 1, 2008

“(Queer) Love in a Time of War, or why talk about queer Filipina/Americans when there are soldiers dying for our freedom?” Queer CUNY VIII: The Twilight of Queerness?, Hunter College, NY, December 1, 2007

“(Dis)figured Subjects: Celluloid Memories of Forgotten Filipinos.” Crossing Borders Graduate Conference of Ethnic Studies in California, University of California, San Diego, March 3, 2007