Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

A three-day conference, Bodies in/and Asian Theatres, will be held from 21 to 23 February 2018 at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. The conference is open to the public; registration rates apply.



  • Body Politics/Body Narratives in Southeast Asian Performances (February 22)
    • Paul Alexander Rae, PhD (University of Melbourne)
    • Jazmin Llana, PhD (De La Salle University Manila)
    • Kathy Foley, PhD (University of California Santa Cruz)
  • Bodies and Praxes (February 23)
    • How Ngean Lim, PhD (Asian Dramaturg's Network)
    • Eisa Jocson (Independent Dancer, Philippines)
    • Jay Cruz (Performance Research Network, Philippines)


The three-day conference will feature 55 individual papers across 19 panels; four (4) roundtable sessions; three (3) three keynote addresses; and two (2) workshops.  

Panel themes examine the body from a variety of perspectives such as gender, (bio)politics, tradition, heritage, performance, (trans)nation(alism), emotion, and religion, among others. 


View registration rates for students, Filipinos, and non-Filipino participants. Online registration is open until 2 February 2018, but walk-ins and onsite payment of registration fee are allowed.


To learn more about the conference, visit the website and inquire via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The conference is organized by the Asian Theatre Working Group; the UP Office for Initiatives for Culture and the Arts; the UP Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts; UP College of Arts and Letters; the UP Diliman Information Office; UP Asian Center; and the UP Theater Complex.

The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Get an overview of these programs. The Asian Center also houses a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia. It has published several books and monographs, and hosts or organizes various lectures and conferences