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Prof. Anjeline DE DIOS 安哲琳

Assistant Professor

Tel: (852) 2616 7476
Fax: (852) 2572 5170
Location: Room 127, Ho Sin Hang Building 何善衡樓127室
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Areas of interest

Social and cultural geography; geographies of cultural labour; creative and cultural industries; popular music studies; Philippine studies; migration studies; ethnography.




From Manila, Philippines, Anjeline de Dios is a cultural geographer researching the intersection of mobility, music, creative labor, and ethnography. She completed her bachelors and masters degrees in philosophy (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines; Linköping University, Sweden), and holds a PhD in geography from the National University of Singapore. Prior to joining the Department of Cultural Studies, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, NUS. She is co-editor of The Elgar Handbook Geographies of Creativity (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2020), and is working on a booklength manuscript based on her ethnographic dissertation on the labor geographies of overseas Filipino musicians. Parallel to her academic work, Anjeline is a vocal performer who practices in collaborative contexts of improvised performance (jazz, dance, sound art), and community meditation.


PhD in Geography, National University of Singapore

MA Erasmus Mundus Master in Applied Ethics, Linköping University

MA in Philosophy, Ateneo de Manila University

BA in Philosophy, Ateneo de Manila University

Selected publications

Book chapters

“Packaging Talent: The Migrant Creative Labour Management of Overseas Filipino Musicians in Asia.” In: International Migration in Southeast Asia: Continuities and Discontinuities (2016). Springer, Asia in Transition Series, pp. 181-206.Eds. Lian Kwen Fee, Md Mizanur Rahman, and Yabit bin Alas.

Manuscripts in preparation

Your Leisure, Our Labour: Migrant Filipino Musicians in Asia. Book Manuscript. 2017.

“Filipino Performance Mobilities: Art, Labour, and Cultural Identity.” Journal Article. 2017.

“Creative Labour as Migrant Work: The Case of Overseas Filipino Musicians.” Journal Article. 2017.

Book reviews

“Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America by Christine Bacareza Balance.” In Southeast Asian Studies. Forthcoming 2017.

“Migration Revolution: Philippine Nationhood and Class Relations in a Globalized Age (2014) by Filomeno V. Aguilar.” In Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture 20, 2, 157-161. 2016.

“Global Filipinos: Migrants’ Lives in the Virtual Village byDeirdre McKay.” In: Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 413-415. 2015.

Web-based/other publications

“The Unsung Musicians,” Rogue Magazine. Profile and commentary on overseas Filipino musicians for the music-themed issue of a Philippine literary luxury magazine. Forthcoming March 2017,

“Negotiating the Familiar in Unfamiliar Settings: Affinity and Difference with Fellow Overseas Filipinos,” Dissertation Reviews. 2 March 2015.
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“Mainstreaming Original Pilipino Music,” Rappler. 29 November 2014.
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Conference Activity

Conferences organized

2012. Asia-Pacific Worlds in Motion IV: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference on Asia-Pacific Migrations. National University of Singapore, 20-21 Feb 2012.

Conference Papers Presented (Refereed)

2017. “Creative Labour as Service Work: Live Music Entertainment in Leisure Venues.” Panel on Labour and Leisure: Changing Geographies of the Workplace.” Annual International Conference for the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG). Royal Geographical Society, London, UK. 29 Aug-1 Sep 2017.

2016. “Dancing with Precarity: Filipino Performing Artists and the Transnational Mobilities of Arts Festivals in Asia.” Asian Conference for Young Scholars of Southeast Asian Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan. 9-12 Nov 2016.

2016. “Bargaining Power: Agents and the Migration Infrastructure of Creative Labor.” 1st Conference of the Geographies of Migration, Loughborough University. 19 July 2016.

2015. “Live from the Margins: Music Performance in Leisure Venues and the Migrant Creative Labor of Overseas Filipino Musicians.” American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Chicago, USA, 22 April 2015.

2014. “The Transnational Management of Creative and Migrant Labor in Asia.” Mobility in Southeast Asian Societies Workshop, Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 31 March 2014.

2014. “The Fluid Fixity of Overseas Filipino Musicians in Asia’s Leisure & Tourism Economy.” US Annual Conference, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, University of Chapel Hill-North Carolina, 15 March 2014.

2012. “Transnational Migrant & Creative Labor: The Case of Overseas Filipino Musicians.” 9th International Conference on Philippine Studies (ICOPHIL-9), Michigan State University, 29 October 2012.

2011. “Filipino Migrant Musicians: Mobilities of Cultural Production.” 1st Asian Cultural Economics Workshop, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, 27 November 2011.


CLB 9019 Childhood, Youth, and Culture

CLA 9008 Performance Arts in Modern Times

CUS 3215 Gender and Cultural Politics

CUS 2404 Methods in Cultural Research II

CUS 3325 Creativity and Cultural Production Workshop