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Bobby Benedicto

Fellow 11-13

Cultural Studies / Queer Studies / Postcolonial Studies / Urban Studies


Bobby Benedicto is currently an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow at McGill University's Department of Art History and Communication Studies. He is the author of Bright Lights, Gay Globality: Mobility and Gay Life in Twenty-first Century Manila (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press). He studied Politics at the Ateneo de Manila University (BA) and at York University (MA), and received his PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Melbourne. His doctoral dissertation received the Best Dissertation Prize from the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) and the Presidents' Prize for Best Dissertation from the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA).  His current book project, tentatively titled Paramodern Futures, looks at transgender performance, modern ruins, and dictatorship architecture.

ICI Project (2011-13)

Bright Lights, Gay Globality: Queer World-making in Metropolitan Manila

Bright Lights, Gay Globality is an ethnographic study of mobility, class, and gay life in 21st century Manila. Drawing on postcolonial queer studies and on critical theories of race, affect and mobility, the study traces the emergence of a “bright lights gay scene,” a culturally imaginary space produced by/for privileged Filipino gay men who are simultaneously embedded in a third world city and plugged into a virtual gay globality through teletechnomedia apparatuses. Arising out of tensions between the invincible facticity of location and the never-to-be-completed task of becoming-global, the scene is re-presented in this project as a multistable figure. It appears as an effect of the urban frictions that inspire the making of a first world in the third world, as a space produced in response to dominant heteronormative orders, and as a symptom of the structuring force of fantasy-desires for an always elusive gay modernity. By examining the world-making practices of locally privileged and globally marginal gay men through different spatial registers, the project demonstrates how the figure of the third world queer occupies contradictory positions in incommensurate diagrams of power.

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