South East Asia Section

Dr Cristina Martinez-Juan

Key information

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Fellow in Philippine Studies
MA (SOAS) Phd (University of the Philippines)
Russell Square: College Buildings
Email address
Telephone number
020 7898 4062
Support hours
Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm or by appointment


Maria Cristina Juan has an MA in Museum, Heritage and Material Culture Studies from SOAS and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

She is a member of the research and teaching faculty at the SOAS School of Languages Cultures and Linguistics where she contributes lectures on the Philippines to modules in South East Asian studies, Area Studies and Postcolonial Studies. She is a member of the Editorial Board for South  East Asia Research.

In 2017, she spearheaded the creation of Philippine Studies at SOAS (PSS) under the Centre of South East Asian Studies. PSS  is an interdisciplinary forum for Philippine-related teaching, research and cultural production in the UK. 

With training in the Digital Humanities from the University of Leiden  and the Interactive Telecommunications Program at  New York University, Cristina  has implemented a number of digital projects that seek to not only provide open access to colonial archives  but also create avenues for sourcing and inscribing annotative knowledge from academic and cultural originators in the Philippines and South East Asia.

Her digital humanities projects  include Digital Filipiniana and the Mapping Philippine Material Culture Project, a global visual inventory of material culture from the Philippines stored in overseas institutions. She is the Principal Investigator for two AHRC funded projects on Decolonizing South East Asian Sound archives with a focus on BBC broadcasts in South East Asia and a Digital Reconstruction of the Lost Library of San Pablo as a result of the British Invasion of the Philippines in 1762. 

Research interests

  • Philippine Post-colonial and Comparative Literature Studies
  • British Occupation of Manila
  • Philippine languages and linguistics
  • Ethnography of Communication
  • Writing systems
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Gender and Migration


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