Ph.D. (Rhetoric), University of California, Berkeley
M.A. (Rhetoric), University of California, Berkeley
M.A. (Comparative Literature), University of the Philippines
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Elmo Gonzaga obtained his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley specializing in the Visual and Spatial Cultures of Southeast Asia and the Global South. Before relocating to Hong Kong, he taught Comparative Media Studies and Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. His research and teaching interests encompass World Cinema, Global Critical Theory, the History and Aesthetics of Capitalism, Modernity, and Revolution, and the Politics of Historical and Cultural Representation.
His completed book manuscript, Monsoon Marketplace, traces the entangled genealogies of consumer capitalism, urban modernity, and media spectatorship in Singapore and Manila through representations of public spaces of commerce and leisure such as amusement parks, night markets, movie theaters, and shopping malls during colonial occupation in the 1930s, national development in the 1960s, and neoliberal globalization in the 2000s. An extract from the book is a forthcoming article in the Journal of Asian Studies.
His first book, Globalization and Becoming-nation, analyzes the political economy of contemporary Filipino novels in the passage from official nationalism during the 1970s Marcos Martial Law dictatorship to transnational capitalism after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. He has begun work on a new book project, Spirit of People Power, which aims to explore the visual culture and political theology of the historical memory of immanent revolution in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia from the 19th century onwards.
More recent publications look at the global production, circulation, and consumption of genres and iconographies across transmedia platforms including films, blogs, museums, video games, and art installations. One article in Cinema Journal, “The Cinematographic Unconscious of Slum Voyeurism”, examines the construction, misrecognition, and refusal of urban realism in poverty porn made for international film funds and festivals. Another article in Cultural Studies, “Precarious Nostalgia”, uncovers how algorithmic protocols of memory and agency in the smart city modify the longing for the congenial past into an openness to future risk.
The outcome of a Social Science Research Council workshop on InterAsian Connections, his current research focuses on how media infrastructures and art exhibitions generate an imaginary of Southeast Asia as an emergent geopolitical body. These ideas are anticipated in “Archipelagic Intermediality”, an essay that revisits Southeast Asian intellectual culture to theorize the interchange between different media modalities within diverse intraregional communities.
More information about his research and teaching can be found at: cuhk.academia.edu/ElmoGonzaga.