In this talk, Robert Diaz explores how nationalism, imperialism, and redress in the transpacific intersect. He contextualizes what he calls “redressive nationalisms”, or institutionalized forms of nationalism meant to repair histories of colonial violence. Diaz notes that as Filipino diasporic literature, cinema, and popular culture re-imagine redressive nationalisms otherwise, they also critique the normative forms of gender, sexuality, and intimacy such nationalisms reproduce. Marginalized communities have historically been excluded from dominant articulations of citizenship. Their experiences thus become central to exposing redressive nationalism’s disciplinary effects.
Dr. Robert Diaz is graduate coordinator and assistant professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute (University of Toronto). His research, teaching, and community work focus on the rich intersections between transpacific, diasporic, and migratory forms of cultural expression. His writing has appeared in leading publications on race, gender, and sexuality, such as Signs, Journal of Asian American Studies, TSQ, GLQ, Asian Diasporic Visual Culture in the Americas, Topia, and Criticism.