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Greg Dvorak

Greg Dvorak is an associate professor of International Cultural Studies at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he is based. His research focuses mainly on themes of militarism, memory, gender, sexuality, the environment, and art between Oceania (particularly Micronesia), Japan, and the United States. Dvorak grew up in Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, the largest inhabited coral atoll in the world, and completed his MA at the University of Hawai’i (2002) and his PhD at the Australian National University (2008), with a concentration in Pacific Islands History. He also founded ProjectSango, an initiative for fostering awareness about the Pacific in Japan through art and scholarship.

Greg’s residency occurred August 12–24, 2019.

During his visit to the Philippines, Greg was interested in seeking transformative art practices followed by the aftershock of the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II and the disobedient artistic attitudes across Asia within contexts of authoritarian rule, specifically during the Vietnam War and Cold War periods. “What I’m most interested in for my own research is seeing how postcolonial Filipino artists, both indigenous and otherwise, mediate the spaces between colonization and war, and how their work intersects with that of work by Pacific Islander artists too.” 

Greg also led a workshop as part of BAP’s ESKWELA course: 

WHICH WAR? REFRAMING VISUAL HISTORIES OF MILITARISM BETWEEN AMERICA AND JAPAN IN OCEANIA

Greg visits Mt. Makiling in Los Banos, Laguna, museums in Baguio and meeting with IP community leaders in Bagac.

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