Events: Kritika Kultura Launches Double Issue (nos. 30/31)

June 01, 2018

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, launches its double issue (30/31) on June 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at CTC 413, Ateneo de Manila University.  The launch, followed by a simple reception, is open to the public.

KK 30/31 features essays by Danica Čerče on the politics of John Steinbeck’s literary reputation in Slovenia; Jimmyn Parc and Nobuko Kawashima on the contrasting business strategies of J-pop and K-pop; and Xavier Ortells-Nicolau on Juan Mencarini and Amateur Photography in Fin-de-siècle China.

On the publication of KK 30/31, the Kolum Kritika section features messages from the journal’s international board of editors. The messages are from Jan Baetens, Joel David, Regenia Gagnier, Inderpal Grewal, Peter Horn, David Lloyd, Bienvenido Lumbera, Rajeev S. Patke, Vicente L. Rafael, E. San Juan, Jr. and Antony Tatlow.

The Forum Kritika on Radical Cultural Responses to Crises in Urban Democracy is guest edited by Victor Merriman and Niamh Malone. The section features an introduction to the essays by Merriman. Essays in the forum are: Stephe Harrop’s “Provocation: Athens, a Work-in-Progress”; Malcolm Miles’s “Disobedient Cultures: Art, Politics and Resurgent Hope”; Alan Read’s “We the Divided: Partitions of Performance in the Ceramic State”; Paula Currie’s “Towards a Democratic Theater: How Working-Class Communities are Excluded from Mainstream Arts and Culture”; Michael Pante and Leo Angelo Nery’s “Transforming Theater for the Oppressed: Community Theater as Urban Poor Discourse in Sining Kadamay’s Gapok”; Jennifer Verson’s “Migrant Artists’ Mutual Aid: A Short History in Images”; Gary Anderson and Lena Semic’s “Democracy Is Not Possible Here: A Private Argument in Public”; and Niamh Malone’s “Culture as Contradiction in Urban Regeneration: Sanitization, Commodification and Critical Resistance in Liverpool One.”

The Forum Kritika on Critical Crossings: Hybridity’s Fissures and Ruptures is guest edited by Maria Luisa Torres Reyes. The section features an introduction by Reyes. Essays in the forum are Jinhyoung Lee’s “Im Hwa, Hybridity, and the Anti-Colonial Politics of Modern Korean Literature,” Paulus Sarwoto’s “The Construction of Modernity in Pre-independent Indonesia and its Ensuing Manifestation in Critical Discourse and Literary Theory”; Yang Ke’s “Cultural Capital and The Tale of Two Lu Xuns”; Joyce Arriola’s “Pelikulang Komiks: Toward a Theory of Filipino Film Adaptation”; and Jeffrey Arellano Cabusao’s “Reading Carlos Bulosan / Documenting the Filipino Diaspora.”

The Forum Kritika on Nick Joaquin Now: Texts, Contexts and Approches is guest edited by Gary Devilles and Jocelyn Martin. The section features an introduction by Devilles and Martin. Essays in the forum are Marie Rose Arong’s “Temporality in Nick Joaquin’s The Woman Who Had Two Navels”; Tyra Delos Reyes and Xavier Selman’s “The Female Monster: The Pre-Catholic Manifestation as a Response to Modern Anxiety in Selected Stories by Nick Joaquin”; Ivan Emil Labayne’s “Bedeviling Quijano De Manila’s Discourses of the Devil’s Advocate and the Openness of Historical Interpretation”; and Miguel Antonio Lizada’s “When She Started Acting Queer: A Queer Gothic Reading of Nick Joaquin’s The Woman Who Had Two Navels.” 

The Monograph Section features Arbeen Acuña’s discussion of the term “ilustraxon” to describe the operation of meaning-making in “komix” while the Literary Section features poetry by Ned Parfan. 

Kritika Kultura is acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American Studies libraries and scholarly networks, and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Clarivate), Scopus, EBSCO, and the Directory of Open Access Journals. For inquiries about submission guidelines and future events, visit or email

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