SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Truth and Fiction in the Age of the Strongman: Filipino Writers on Rodrigo Duterte's Philippines

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Miguel Syjuco & Candy Gourlay

Date: 5 June 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 5 June 2017Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Panel Discussion

This panel discussion looks at the interconnections between Philippine Fiction Writing and Journalism in the time of “tokhang,” schizophrenic populism and Duterte’s unique brand of nationalism. Filipino writers in the diaspora will seek to interrogate the ideas of Post-modernist knowledge construction and its end-games, activism and protest in a post-truth world and the role of fiction in a democracy.

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Speaker Biography

Miguel Syjuco’s debut novel, Ilustrado (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, the Filipino Readers’ Choice Award, the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and the Man Asian Literary Prize and has been translated into more than 10 languages. Miguel, who earned a PhD in literature from the University of Adelaide, was a writing fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard in 2013 and is currently a visiting professor in the Literature and Creative Writing department at New York University, Abu Dhabi. He is the literary editor of the Manila Review, a member of the Folio Prize Academy and regularly writes for the New York Times International.

 Tall Story

Discussant Biography

Candy Gourlay  is a Filipino author based in the United Kingdom. Her debut novel Tall Story (2010) won the National Children's Book Award of the Philippines in 2012 and the Crystal Kite Award for Europe in 2011. Tall Story was shortlisted for 13 prizes, notably: the Waterstone’s Children's Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award. Her second novel Shine (2013) was long-listed for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. It won the Crystal Kite Award for the British Isles and Ireland in 2014. Candy was born and raised in the Philippines. From 1984 to 1989, she worked as a journalist in the Philippines, notably as a staff-writer and later associate editor of the weekly opposition tabloid Mr & Ms Special Edition, which played a significant role in the overthrow of the 21 year regime of Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos

This panel is organised jointly by SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies and the SOAS Department of South East Asia.


Academic Organiser: Dr Cristina Juan

Organiser: SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies & SOAS Department of South East Asia

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