Inaugural ADMU-CUHK Academic Exchange, A Success!

May 15, 2024



LAST WEEK, the inaugural ADMU-CUHK Academic Exchange was held in Manila on 8-9 May 2024. The event is an initiative of Kritika Kultura and the MA Literary and Cultural Studies Program of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University and the MA Intercultural Studies and MA Cultural Management Programmes of the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

During the first day of the exchange (8 May, Wed.), a total of 12 paper presentations by graduate students from the said programs were delivered at CTC105, ADMU Loyola Heights Campus. The presenters delved into the theme “Archive as Method in Literary and Cultural Studies” through their respective studies on aswang sightings in komiks; ghosts in the archives; the process of archiving and mediating literary objects; Waray folktales; Ifugao epics; chopsticks as cultural interface; fanfiction and Noli Me Tangere; WeChat as social media archives; the digital archive; hugot; UP-ON performance art archive; and representing archives in exhibition forms. Their abstracts, along with the concept statement of the project, may be read here. 

The delegates were welcomed to the Ateneo by Kritika Kultura Editor in Chief and Associate Chair for Literature Program Dr. Vincenz Serrano and by the Assistant Vice President for Graduate Education Dr. Anne Lan K Candelaria who addressed the room from Zoom. The keynote lecture, “Archive on Fire: Inventories of Personal Loss,” was given by Dr. Ramon Guillermo, Director of Center for International Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman, which inspired an exciting conversation with students and professors alike.

The symposium also included visits to the University Archives and the Ateneo Art Gallery, where the delegates were respectively received by Directors Francis M. Navarro, PhD and Ma. Victoria Herrera. Fr. Jason Dy, SJ and Martin Villanueva of the Department of Fine Arts also joined the delegates at the gallery, where they met artist Mark Justiniani.

The event concluded with a response and vote of thanks from Dr. Wu Ka Ming, Cultural Studies Graduate Division Head of the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Drs. Elmo Gonzaga and Benny Lim, respective directors of their MA Programmes, presented tokens of appreciation to Ateneo’s Dr. Serrano, Dr. Oscar V. Campomanes, Francis Sollano, and Raymon D. Ritumban, who, together with Ma. Gabriela  P. Martin, Luisa L. Gomez, Chess Abalos, and Lexie Catapang, composed the local organizing committee. The CUHK counterpart also included Drs. Yongwoo Lee, Ashley Lee Wong, Tiecheng Li, and Janet Pang with Haoqian Yu and Zowie Li.

The next day (9 May, Thu.), the delegates went to Pinto Museum in Antipolo and Casa Manila and Museo de San Agustin in Intramuros for a day-long cultural trip. They marveled at contemporary Philippine art, the aesthetics of bahay na bato, and religious artifacts.

Photos on the Kritika Kultura Facebook page.

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