Bobby Benedicto

Bobby Benedicto's research interests lie at the intersections of queer theory, critical race theory, urban studies, and theories of death and temporality. His first book, Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), received an Honorable Mention for the 2015 Ruth Benedict Prize for Queer Anthropology and was a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Studies. He is currently working on two book projects: Fatal Sex, a series of essays on the role of necro-aesthetics (the aesthetics of death) in 21st century gay-themed art and media, and Queer Afterlives, an ethnographic study of queer performances set in the decaying Brutalist buildings erected in Metropolitan Manila during the Marcos dictatorship (1965-1986). 

Professor Benedicto holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Melbourne, Australia. His postdoctoral research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry. At McGill, he is jointly appointed in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF). He is review and online editor for Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Selected Publications:

Book:

Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene (University of Minnesota Press, 2014).

Journal Articles:

"The Queer Afterlife of the Postcolonial City: (Trans)gender Performance and the War of Beautification," Antipode 47, no. 3 (2015): 580-597.

"Queer Space in the Ruins of Dictatorship Architecture," Social Text 117 (2013): 25-47.