Kale Fajardo, Faculty Fellow, Spring 2009
Kale Fajardo (American Studies, College of Liberal Arts): “Islands, Cities, and Salas: Trans-local Queer Filipino/a Imaginaries, Cultural Productions, and Activism”
Fajardo engaged in key research for a new interdisciplinary book and video project. This semester was extremely productive, thanks to the engagement with other scholars at the IAS, which was intellectually, politically, and culturally stimulating and rewarding. This research and engagement resulted in Fajardo reframing the project to address the relationships, gaps, and fissures among and between heterosexual and queer/transgender/tomboy masculinities, rather than placing queer/transgender/tomboy masculinities and their cultural productions in relation to queer femininities or constructions of womanhoods. This was an important intellectual realization facilitated by the IAS fellowship.