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
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Telephone number
020 7898 4062
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Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm or by appointment


Cristina Martinez-Juan has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. As an Associate Professor at the Humanities Department of the University of the Philippines, Cebu, she taught at U.P. before she moved to New York in 1996 then to London in 2013. In 2017, she spearheaded the creation of Philippine Studies at SOAS (PSS) under the Centre of South East Asian Studies. Philippine Studies at SOAS  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 of New York, Cristina  has implemented a number of digital projects at SOAS 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.

Ongoing Digital Humanities Projects include:

Digital Filipiniana (2018) and Mapping Philippine Material Culture (2020)

In June 2021, she will begin  working on a  knowledge-base  for Decolonizing South East Asian Sound Archives with an AHRC funded grant. (2021-2024).

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

“Double Marginalization and Speaking Back: A Reading of Three Post-colonial texts.” Philippine Quarterly of Culture & Society 31(4): 281-290. 


"Ang Gahum sa Letra:  Constructivity and the Eskayan Language." Journal of Asian English Studies 2:228-238.

“Gahum ug Gubat: A Study of Eskayan Texts, Symbolic Subversion and Cultural Constructivity.” Doctoral Dissertation. The University of the Philippines, Diliman.  April, 1994.

“A Dictionary of Cultural Terms.” A Research Project done in coordination with Dr. Resil Mojares of the Cebuano Studies Center , University of San Carlos, Cebu, through a TOYOTA Foundation Grant.  1998-2002.  

The Linambay of Linao: The Study of Theater as Ritual. Thesis  Masters in Comparative Literature. The University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. 1990.

“Paper Son: An Oral History.” The Museum of Chinese in the Americas, and The Asian Pacific- American Studies. New York University. 2001- 2004.  Principal Researcher and Multimedia Designer (Digital Archives )

“Remapping Chinatown” The Museum of Chinese in the Americas, and The Asian Pacific- American Studies. New York University. 2001- 2004.  Principal Researcher and Multimedia Designer (Digital Archives )

”Sayaw : Symbol and Meaning in Cebuano Dance." Research published by the  Cebuano Cultural Studies  in   "Cebu."  Ayala Corporation. 1996.   

"Chronicling the Art of Martino Abellana: An Annotated Bibliography.” The University of the Philippines Foundation Professorial Research Grant. 

"Matchboxes"  Poetry published in the Asian American Journal.  Published by the Asian American Writers Workshop, New York, NY.  Fall 1999.         

“When Water is Life: Culture and Infrastructure.” A Commissioned Research Project with a Terminal Report for the Central Visayas Water and Sanitation Project, funded by the Philippine-Australian Development Fund.  March 1994.

“The Palawan Tribes : An Ocular Survey.” a three-week field research with a terminal report. Done in coordination with the Office for Southern Cultural Communities, Metro Manila, Philippines.

“The Taming of the Shrew: A Re-reading of the Cebuano Balitaw,”  REVIEW OF WOMEN’S STUDIES. Volume III ,No. 1 U.P. Press, Diliman, Quezon City, 1999.

“Through the Looking Glass : A  Reading of Art Organizations as Cultural Text,”  CEBU DATALINKS. Volume II ,No. 6. October, 1993.”

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