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Elmo GONZAGA  教授



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 is Associate Director of the MA in Intercultural Studies program. He obtained his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley specializing in the Visual and Spatial Cultures of Southeast Asia and the Global South. 


Monsoon Marketplace, his second monograph (under contract with Fordham University Press), traces the entangled genealogies of capitalist modernity, mass consumption, and media spectatorship in Manila and Singapore through representations of popular commercial and leisure spaces 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 has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies.


More recent publications look at the global production, circulation, exhibition, and consumption of genres and iconographies across transmedia platforms including films, blogs, apps, 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. “Supply Chain Capitalism in the Planetary Network Blockbuster”, a contribution to a special issue that resulted from a Social Science Research Council workshop on InterAsian Connections, analyzes how imaginaries of infrastructures for financialization, innovation, and logistics in superhero, spy, science-fiction narratives divide the world into prosperous capitals and underdeveloped megacities.


A new book manuscript, Slum Voyeurism and the Aesthetics of Impunity, looks at representations of dispossession and inequality, including films of neon ruin, maps of ghetto tourism, and satellite images of environmental catastrophe.


An invited entry for the Asia Theories Network's Critical Asia Archives ruminates on the keyword "Archipelago". Another piece in Cultural Studies“Zombie Capitalism and Coronavirus Time”, explores how zombie movies and memes frame the political and temporal culture of state capitalism, social order, and market risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.


He is the co-convenor, together with Prof. Klaudia Lee of City University of Hong Kong, of the Transnational Urban Narratives Network, a global platform for interdisciplinary work in the Urban Humanities.


His current research project on ‘Decolonizing and Doing Theory in Southeast Asia’ is funded by two grants, notably the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC)’s General Research Fund (GRF). One outcome of this grant was the conference ‘Doing Theory in Southeast Asia,’ which, featuring over 30 speakers in 9 time zones, was convened together with Prof. Nazry Bahrawi of the University of Washington in Seattle.


In collaboration with Prof. Brian Bernards of University of Southern California, he is co-organizing an international workshop and edited volume on ‘Inter-Asia Intermediality.’

    • Transnational Film and Screen Studies
    • Southeast Asian Cultural and Media Studies
    • Global Critical Theory
    • Urban Humanities
    • Historical Capitalism
    • Memory Studies
    • Inter-Asia Studies
    1. Slum Voyeurism (Single-authored monograph)
    2. Southeast Asian Critical Theory (Special issue, online archive, and single-authored monograph)
    3. Migrant Labor Melodrama (Journal articles) 
    4. Inter-Asia Intermediality (Journal articles and edited volume)
    1. Monsoon Marketplace: Archipelagos of Capitalism, Media, and Modernity in Manila and Singapore, 1932-2014 (Book under contract with Fordham University Press) 
    2. “Archipelagic Intermediality,” Kritika Kultura 27 (2016): 92-102, 
    3. “The Cinematographic Unconscious of Slum Voyeurism,” Cinema Journal (Journal of Cinema and Media Studies) 56, no. 4 (2017): 102-125, 10.1353/cj.2017.0042
    4. “Consuming Capitalist Modernity in the Media Cultures of 1930s and 1960s Manila’s Commercial Streets,” Journal of Asian Studies 78, no. 1 (2019): 75-93,
    5. “Precarious Nostalgia in the Tropical Global City: Transmedia Memory, Urban Informatics, and the Singapore Golden Jubilee,” Cultural Studies 33, no. 1 (2019): 147-169, DOI:  
    6. “The Gamification and Domestication of Slum Voyeurism: From Poverty Porn to Aesthetics of Precarity,” Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture 4, no. 3 (2019),
    7. “Infrastructure as Method in Archipelagic Southeast Asia,” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 6, no. 2 (2020): 60-64,
    8. "Zombie Capitalism and Coronavirus Time," Cultural Studies 35, nos. 2-3: 444-451
    9. “ASEAN Cold War Myth from Elite Democracy to Martial Law in the Global Genre Cinema of Fernando Poe Jr. in the 1960s and 1970s,” in Asian Cinema and Cultural Cold War (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, forthcoming)
    10. “Supply Chain Capitalism in the Planetary Network Blockbuster,” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (forthcoming)


    1. Doing Theory in Southeast Asia, CUHK Faculty of Arts Direct Grant, 2019-2021 (HK$100,000)
    2. Decolonizing Theory in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) General Research Fund (GRF), 2021-2022 (HK$313,000)


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