The Research Center for Culture, Arts, and Humanities hosted a Brown Bag Discussion on May 21, 2019 with Dr. Thomas Mical, professor of Architectural Studies in Auckland University of Technology. Dr. Mical was joined by RCCAH research fellows Ar. Cecilia Villanueva, Asst. Prof. Ma. Eloisa Sevilla-Perez, Ar. Ruth Marie Equipaje, Ar. Felicisimo Jr Tejuco, Mr. Raniel SM Reyes, Ph.D., and RCCAH Director Prof. Joyce L. Arriola, Ph.D.


The paper presentations included a wide array of research, with academic disciplines ranging from Philosophy, Literature, to Architecture Studies. Reyes, a faculty member of the UST Department of Philosophy, delivered a paper on “Becoming-Democratic as Becoming-Revolutionary” which looked into the role and effect of democracy and revolution in the present society. Equipaje, who teaches at the UST College of Architecture, presented her study on “Defining the Perception of Space and Acceptable Distances in the Context of the Filipinos: A Case Study of Social Spaces in the Urban Setting of the Philippines,” which focused on critiquing social hubs in urban public spaces of our local cities. Perez, a faculty from the Department of Literature, presented her research on “Cultural Trauma in Southeast Asian Novels: History, Identity, Testimony,” which discussed experiences of trauma as shown in Southeast Asian literature. Tejuco, a faculty member of the UST College of Architecture, concluded the paper presentations with a discussion on his research “Enhancing the Cultural- Heritage Experience of the 100-year old UST Campus (Sampaloc, 1927) through a Tourism Master Plan,” which delved on the study of sustainable tourism for the UST campus. 

Mical, whose research interests are in the field of Modern Architecture, Urbanism and Contemporary Theory in Architecture, Media and Continental Philosophy, and Qualitative Research Methods, exchanged views and commentaries with the paper presenters. At the end of the session, RCCAH Director Prof. Joyce L. Arriola, Ph.D., presented certificates to all participants.