Nelson’s research deals with the mapping of the maritime geography of Lamon Bay, one of the Philippines’ major maritime resources. He says “As a minefield of opportunities because of its rich marine/maritime resources, it follows then that competing interests will arise in the pursuit of control of Lamon Bay. In this study, variegated and contending interests belonging to the small-scale fishermen, the local inhabitants, local capitalists, NGOs (both local and global), local politicians, national politicians, and global capitalists will be identified and problematized. In the ensuing clash of interests, I will spatialize the mitigating and discourse-setting formations that shape the contours of the geography of Lamon Bay as a contested geography and these are: globalization, modernity and small-town politics.” It is hoped that this study will pave the way for a more engaged study of maritime spaces as both an economic and a political discursive field.
A consistent valedictorian from elementary to high school, Nelson graduated from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a degree of English Studies (Creative Writing), cum laude. He also holds a master’s degree in Philippines Studies from the same university with Prof. Bienvenido L. Lumbera, Philippine National Artist for Literature, as his thesis adviser. Right now, he is a faculty-on-leave at the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines-Diliman where he teaches cultural studies, Philippine literature, humanities and literary theory and criticism. In 2002, he was awarded the “Gawad Leopoldo Yabes Bilang Pinakamahusay na Instruktor” (Best College Instructor for 2002). He has traveled widely as a young academic, reading papers and attending conferences abroad. He has been to Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Myanmar, the USA, France, Norway and Germany.
Thesis title: "Bugabug ang Dagat": Local Life in a Fishing Community in the Philippines
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