Jeremy De Chavez joined the University of Macau in 2018 as an Assistant Professor of English. Prior to joining UM, he held teaching appointments at De La Salle University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Queen’s University. His work could be found or is forthcoming in journals such as Critical Arts, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, JMMLA, The Explicator, ANQ, Kritika Kultura, Kemanusiaan, Masculinities and Social Change, Text Matters, and Food, Culture, & Society. While his research and teaching areas are primarily in Postcolonial Studies, Global Anglophone Literature, and Critical/Cultural Theory, he is committed to being a strategic generalist with wide-ranging interests across literary periods, genres, and cultural forms.
Currently, Jeremy is working on a scholarly monograph entitled Positive Affects and Postcolonial Critique (under contract with Routledge) and on compiling and annotating a research guide on “Positive Affects” and on “Aesthetic Theory” (co-authored with Asha Varadharajan, Queen’s University), which are included in the series Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory (under contract with Oxford University Press). He is also editor of the forthcoming edited volume Archipelagothic: Studies in the Philippine Gothic (under contract with Anthem Press) and co-editor of a special issue of ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature on Postcolonial Affect.
Jeremy received his PhD in English Literature from Queen’s University, Canada under the supervision of Asha Varadharajan.
Jeremy’s work attends to the connections between Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, and Affect Theory. In particular, he examines the enabling and inhibiting capacities of positive affects/feelings/emotions in relation to cultural criticism, broadly and to conditions of postcoloniality, specifically.
He would be eager to supervise graduate students interested in pursuing research in the areas of Global Anglophone Literature, Postcolonial Studies, and Critical/Cultural Theory, more so if their proposed project engages Psychoanalytic and/or Affect Theory.
Courses Regularly Taught
Teaching Areas: Colonial and Postcolonial Writing, Literary Theory and Criticism, Cultural Studies, Global Anglophone Literature, World Literature in English, Literary Research
Jeremy also teaches the general education course GELH2001: “Sex and the Arts”
Featured Speaker. “Postcolonial Paranoia, Reparative Reading, and World(ing) Literature”. UNITAS 100 International Lecture Series. May 2021.
Plenary Speaker. 1st Bhatter College International Conference on Recent Advances in English Studies. Virtual Conference. July 2021.
Moderator. Panel on Postcolonial Affect: Positive Affects and Alternative Futures. 2021 MLA Convention.
Plenary Speaker. “’And beyond/ Frighted the Reign of Chaos and old Night’: On the Humanities (in times of ) Crisis”. Philosophy: Beyond. Philippine Philosophical Association. University of the Philippines. Los Baños, Philippines. November 2019.
Plenary Speaker. “Dreaming of Optimistic Futures: Postcolonialism, Positive Affect, Critique”. 7th International Conference on English and American Literature. Shanghai International University, Shanghai. April 2019.
Falling Leaves: Identities, Subjectivities, Mobilities, and the Ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia. with J. Velasco and C. Miao (in preparation for Brill, anticipated 2024).
“Positive Affects”. Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Cultural Theory. Oxford University Press (under contract, expected 2022)
“Consumed by Affects: Kwentong Jollibee, Happy Objects, and the Formation of Intimate Publics.” Kritika Kultura (2022). https://ajol.ateneo.edu/kk/articles/545/7042 [A&HCI]
“The Symbolic Fiction of Mr. Stevens: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day“. The Explicator (2022). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00144940.2021.2005521 [A&HCI]
“Happiness” in “Keywords for Our Moment”. Critical Asia Archives: Events and Theories (2022).
“Introduction: Rethinking, Narrating, Consuming Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asia.” Special issue on East and Southeast Asian Contemporary Literary and Cultural Studies, edited by J. De Chavez and Y. Zhang. Rupkatha, Vol. 14, No. 1 (2022). DOI: https://doi.org/10.21659/rupkatha.v14n1.01 [Scopus]
“‘…in the extremity of an impotent despair’: “Whatever Singularity,” Postcolonial Ab-Use, and Erik Matti’s On the Job.” With V. Pacheco. ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature (accepted, forthcoming 2022). [A&HCI]
“Hybridities and Awkward Constructions in Philippine Locavorism: Reframing Global-Local Dynamics Through Assemblage Thinking”, With M. Montefrio, et al. Food, Culture, & Society (2020). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/15528014.2020.1713428 [SSCI]