Panel 6

Performance, Queerness, and the Canadian Global City





How might the experiences of Filipinos/as contribute to, exceed, and/or challenge such utopic understandings of the Canadian metropolitan space? How might Filipinos/as recite unruly memories that trouble the geopolitics of Canadian city life—in arts, culture, and everyday performance?  How might the diaspora’s experience with multiple forms of colonialism, unequal labor migration, and non-normative intimacies complicate the regulation of bodies within the Canadian urban space? How might these experiences foreground the tense proximities between the lives of non-Native people of color and the experiences of Native communities in Canada, while also insisting on challenging the continual displaced, erasure, and marginalization of indigenous populations in their land? PAs they examine these  questions, this panel focuses on performance in order to map out the divergent meanings of Filipino/a presence within the Canadian global city. In the process, they interrogate how class disparity, immigration status, economic mobility, gender and sexual identity, racial difference, age, and other significant concerns affect the integration of racialized subjects within the Canadian settler colonial space.

About the Speakers

Dr. Robert Diaz , Assistant Professor

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, OCAD University


Robert Diaz is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD) in Toronto, the largest and oldest art and design university in Canada. His teaching and scholarship focus on the intersections of Sexuality, Filipino, and Asian Diasporic Studies. His current research examines queer Filipino/a Canadian experiences in order to understand how such experiences challenge multiculturalism’s notions of sexuality and race. This project owes much to the groundbreaking work of community organizations in the greater Toronto area committed to improving the lives of Filipinos/as in the diaspora. Diaz has been awarded two competitive Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships from UCLA and USC, and his writings on LGBTQ issues have appeared or are forthcoming in Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society, GLQ: Journal of Lesbian And Gay Studies, Women and Performance, and Plaridel.

Dr. John Paul (JP) Catungal, Killam Honourary Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justic, University of British Columbia


holds concurrent SSHRC and Killam Honourary Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at the University of British Columbia's Department of Geography and Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Born in Manila and currently living in Coast Salish territories in Greater Vancouver, JP's current research program examines the spatialities of racial and sexual politics, particularly in the fields of community organizing and social service provision. His PhD work from the University of Toronto was awarded the Governor-General's Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in 2014. Along with his other publications, he co-edited "Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility", published in 2012 by the University of Toronto Press.