Speaking Engagements



January - April 2018

'Shadows After Dark: Uncovering Post-Colonial Southeast Asian Cinema.' is a series of talk-film screenings that follow a chronological development of Cold War cinema in post-colonial Southeast Asia. Consisting of six parts and conceived with Dr. Darlene Espena, the series will attempt to uncover trajectories and examine the visual culture of the period.

The series begins on January 26 with a talk – Good Communist, Bad Communist: Portrayals of Communism in Southeast Asian Film -- tracing the spectrum of images and depictions of communists from the Southeast Asian perspective through films produced from 1945 to 1967.


2006 - present


Paper Presentation on “Global Perceptions and Cinematic Narratives of Islam: Film and Religion in Contemporary Indonesia”, Global 2018: The IAFOR  International Conference on Global Studies, Barcelona, Spain, July 13-15

Paper Presentation on “Datafication as Political Technology US Federal       Policy Discourses on International Standardized Tests and Rankings”, The   Asian Conference on Education and International Development, Kobe Kapan, March 26-28, 2018.

Guest Curator: Southeast Asia after 1945: Cinemas of War, Freedom, and  Nation-building, Lecture/Film Screenings. In collaboration with NUS  Museum, January – April, 2018


Carnegie Council’s Asia Dialogue, Yogjakarta, Indonesia, October 15-21

Panel Presentation on “International Media and Policy Discourses on Singapore’s High Performance on PISA”, NIE Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference, NIE, Singapore, May 31 to June 2, 2017


“Screening the Cold War: From International Politics to Cinematic Images,” lecture given to Asst. Prof. Scott Anthony’s HH4015: Film: A Global History undergraduate class, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, November 2, 2016 

“Why Do So Many Graduate Students Quit: A Rejoinder,” forum held at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, October 4, 2016 

“Screening the Evils of Southeast Asian History: A 21st Century Remembrance Through Films,” paper presented at the 5th Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, The Mathematical Institute, Oxford University, United Kingdom, April 14-16, 2016 

“Cinema and Politics: The Creation of Post-Colonial Self/Other and the Shaping of Strategic Cultures in Southeast Asia, 1945-1967,” History Seminar Series, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, April 7, 2016 

“Transnational Linkages in Southeast Asian Film and Politics,” paper presented at the Nanyang Graduate Student Colloquium: Building Global Asia, Past, Present, Future, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, March 12, 2016 


“Southeast Asian Cinema and the Cold War,” lecture given to Asst. Prof. Scott Anthony’s History undergraduate class, Nanyang Technological University, October 30, 2015 

“Defeating the Bondage of Opulence in Nigeria: A New Class of World’s Richest Blacks,” essay selected as one of the top 15 contributions to the 45th St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award, St. Gallen Symposium, St. Gallen University, Switzerland, May 2-8, 2015 


“Cinema and Foreign Policy: The Creation of Post-Colonial Self/Other and the Shaping of Cold War Strategy in Southeast Asia, 1945-1955, paper presented at the 3rd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, organized by Oxford University and Project Southeast Asia, Keble College, March 22-23, 2014 

“From Generational Discord to Global Accord: Path for Sustainable Future,” essay selected as one of the top 10 contributions to the 44th St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award, St. Gallen Symposium, St. Gallen University, Switzerland, May 4-10, 2014 


“Revisiting Controversial Issues on Jose Rizal in Philippine Historiography,” paper presented at the Seminar-Workshop on Teaching Rizal in the Classroom: Making the Rizal Course Relevant in Our Time, organized by Philippine Historical Association, Negros Museum, December 10, 2010 

“Exploring Sikh Communities in Singapore and Manila: Glimpses of Globalization in Religious Imagination,” research project for the Asian Graduate Students’ Fellowships 2010 of the Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore, May 16 – July 31, 2010 

“The Saga of Sikh Migrants in the Philippines,” paper for the 21st Conference of the International Association of Historians of Asia, River View Hotel, Singapore, June 22-25, 2010 

“Remembering the Philippine-American War: Narrative of the Gallant Resistance of Freedom-Loving People,” lecture given at Thomas Aquinas Research Center, University of Santo Tomas. Organized by the Philippine Historical Association, Kaanak ng mga Bayaning Pilipino 1896, University of Santo Tomas and the National Commission of Culture and Arts, February 10, 2010 

“Living Sikhism in the Philippines: Locating the Power of Religious Imagination in Sikh Migration,” paper presented to the International Conference on Diasporic Encounters, Sacred Journeys: Gendered Migrants, Sociality and Religious Imagination, hosted by the University of Keele, University of Hull, and the University of the Philippines Diliman held at the University of the Philippines Diliman, January 5-6, 2010 


“Bumbay, Kulambo, and Five-Six,” paper presented at the Global and International Migration: Realities of Labor Movements and International Marriages, an international conference hosted by the International Federation of Social Science Organization held at Pornping Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 21-23, 2009 

“Transplanting India within Manila: The Saga of Sikh Migrants in the Philippines,” paper presented at the Transcending Borders: Middle East, Asia and the Global Community, an international conference hosted by the United States Naval Academy and the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies held at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, October 16-17, 2009 

“Globalization, Modernity and Migration: Visualizing and Imagining India in the Philippines,” paper presented and published/chosen as one of the Best Papers of the 4th Asian Center’s Graduate Students Conference organized by Japan Foundation and Asian Center, University of the Philippines held at the Bulwagang Romulo, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, February 27-28, 2009 


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