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Introductions by Richard Fung






About Richard Fung


Richard Fung is a Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University.  He is an award-winning Trinidad-born, Toronto-based video artist and cultural critic. He joined the faculty of OCAD in 2003 and teaches in Integrated Media and Art and Social Change. Other teaching positions include Chancellor's Visiting Associate Professor at University of California- Irvine, Visiting Assistant Professor at State University of New York- Buffalo and Visiting Scholar at the Mass Communications Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi. A former Rockefeller Fellow at the Center for Media, Culture and History at New York University, Richard has lectured across North America, and in Europe, Asia and Australia. Richard has been an active member of Canada's art community and served on the founding board of directors of the Images Festival, the first Racial Equality Committee of the Canada Council, the board of the Toronto Arts Council, and was an editor and contributing editor to FUSE Magazine. Before coming to OCADU he coordinated the Centre for Media and Culture in Education at OISE/UT.


Opening Keynote: New Directions in Filipino/a Canadian Studies


Coloma's talk centers on the significant contributions queer Filipinos have made to Canadian society, as he provides insights for the future directions of Filipino-Canadian studies. As a founding scholar of various critical and academic collectives centering on Filipino experiences in Canada, Coloma provides provocative questions that enable participants to reflect on, think through, and engage with the larger socio-political implications of the conference in academia, art, and community engagement. He also reflects on the limits of Filipino Canadian studies as it is currently conceived, when missing an analysis of sexuality's role in the discipline's growth. His role as the co-editor of Disturbing Invisibilities enables Coloma to make such links between the past and future of Filipino Canadian work when framed through questions of sexual identity.


About The Speaker

Dr. Roland Sintos Coloma

Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA


Roland Coloma is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education, Health and Society at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He also serves as Editor of Educational Studies, the official journal of the American Educational Studies Association.


Previously, he was a faculty member at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto in Canada and at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio.


Coloma mobilizes a historical and cultural studies approach to studies of teacher education, curriculum, and policy. He documents and analyzes the social justice dynamics of race, gender, and sexuality, with a focus on Filipina/os and Asian diaspora in the United States and Canada. His research has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Connaught Foundation, and AERA-Spencer Foundation.

He is completing two projects: a book manuscript on Imperial Fixations: Writing Filipinos into Education History; and an edited book on Asian Canadian Studies Reader. His new research, tentatively entitled From Grief to Grievance, focuses on activism and social movements as progressive forms of public pedagogy.


Coloma received his B.A. in Liberal Studies and M.A. in Educational Administration at the University of California - Riverside, his teaching credential in English at California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Education with a Minor in African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University.

Prior to becoming an academic, he was a high school English teacher, a university student affairs staff member, and a community organizer in the Los Angeles area.