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Lecture-Discussion • Contentious Migrants: Transnational Protests and the Making of the Filipino Diaspora

The UP CIDS Program on Alternative Development (AltDev) will host a lecture-discussion, Contentious Migrants: Transnational Protests and the Making of the Filipino Diaspora, on 14 January 2020 (Tuesday), 2:30 to 5:00 PM, at the UP CIDS Conference Hall, Lower Ground Floor, Ang Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

About the Lecture

When Filipinos migrate and settle in other countries, do they automatically form a diaspora? In this talk, Dr. Quinsaat shows that migration alone does not create diasporas. They must be constructed through the formation of collective identities, and one way of doing this is through activism. Looking at the transnational movements against the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos and for migrants’ rights, she reveals two elements that work together to form a diaspora: (1) loyalty and continued belonging to homeland and (2) solidarity with co-nationals/-ethnics. These elements get challenged and reconstituted in times of political unrest.

About the Speaker

Dr. Sharon M. Quinsaat is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Grinnell College, with affiliations in American Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies. She is a 2017 Young Southeast Asia Fellow of the Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG) and studies collective behavior and social movements, migration, and race and ethnicity from a global and transnational perspective. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman, her master’s degree (on a Fulbright scholarship) in social sciences, with emphasis on demographic and social analysis at the University of California, Irvine, and her Ph.D. in Sociology, with Certificate in Cultural Studies, from the University of Pittsburgh.


For event inquiries, please contact the UP CIDS Program on Alternative Development at [email protected].