Belinda Espiritu Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesBelinda F. Espiritu is an associate professor of communication in the University of the Philippines Cebu. She teaches communication theory and research, development communication, speech communication, and media studies. Her research interests include cultural studies, intercultural communication, religion and communication, peace and development studies, and Internet communication.

Belinda EspirituShe has published research articles in local and international communication and literary journals on transnational audience reception of Korean television dramas; communication, civil society groups, the public sphere, and governance; intercultural communication between Christians and Muslims in the Philippines; Islamophobia and negative media portrayal of Islam; and literary critical essays. She has also written essays on the ideology of peace; reviews of the books of Maulana Wahiddudin Khan, an Islamic teacher advocating for peace; and her reflections on life, society, and spirituality published in newageislam.com, globalresearch.ca, and metrocebunews.com.

She has spoken in seminars for teachers about peace education, violence and conflict resolution and has been a resource speaker to Episcopalian priests on the use of communication for evangelization and to Philippine soldiers and military officers on purpose-driven life and goal-setting. She holds a Bachelor in Secondary Education degree with a major in English, a Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communication from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

Her publications include:

Espiritu, B. F. (2019). Negative stereotypes of Muslims have fueled the rise of Islamophobia. In E. Lucas (Ed.), Islam in society: Global viewpoints (pp. 35-43). New York: Greenhaven Publishing.

Espiritu, B. F. (2017). The Lumad struggle for social and environmental justice: Alternative media in a socioenvironmental movement in the Philippines. Journal of Alternative and Community Media, 2, 45-59.

Espiritu, B. F. (2015, July 18). The Battle against GMOs in the Philippines: Confronting the WTO’s Attempts to Destabilize Sustainable AgricultureGlobal Research.

Espiritu, B. F. (2015, May 6). How to Have Peace in the Holy Land: Implications for Interfaith Dialogue. New Age Islam.

Espiritu, B. F. (2015, April 3). Islamophobia and the “Negative Media Portrayal of Muslims”: An Exposition of Sufism, A Critique of the Alleged “Clash of Civilizations”. Global Research.

Espiritu, B. F. (2015, March 26). Neoliberal Capitalism’s Fatal Flaws: A Call for an Alternative Economic System. Global Research. 

Espiritu, B. F. (2015, March 14). The Destructive Impacts of Corporate Mining in the Philippines: The Tampakan Copper-Gold Mining Project in MindanaoGlobal Research.

Espiritu, B. F. (2014). The Public Sphere, Blogs, and the Pork Barrel Scam: Online Citizens’ Voices on Corruption and Governance in the Philippines. Media Asia, 41(4), 343-354.

Espiritu, B. F. (2011, August). Transnational audience reception as a theater of struggle: Young Filipino women’s reception of Korean television dramas. Asian Journal of Communication, 21(4), 355-372.

Espiritu, B.F. (2006). From fears and prejudices to intercultural solidarity: A study of interpersonal/ intercultural communication in Muslim-Christian relations in selected areas of Metro Manila, Philippines. Religion and Social Communication:  Journal of the Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication, 4(2), 77-97.

Espiritu, B.F. (2005). Communication, participation and governance: Discursive democracy and communitarianism in the Philippines. Media Asia: An Asian Communication Quarterly, 32(4), 240-248.

Espiritu, B.F. (2004). The cry of the poor and the oppressed: Theodicy and existentialism in the historical and socio-political contexts of Francisco Sionil Jose’s novels. KINAADMAN: A Journal of Southern Philippines, 26.

Espiritu, B. F. (2004). A call to subversion: Women’s disempowerment and empowerment in Lina Espina Moore’s Heart of the Lotus and other novels”, in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, 6(1), 21-36.

Espiritu, B. F. (2001). From journey to journey: Identity and nationhood in F. Sionil Jose’s Po-on and Viajero. Danyag: Journal of Humanities and the Social Sciences of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas, 6(2), 211-232.

S. Lily Mendoza Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesS. Lily Mendoza (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is a native of San Fernando, Pampanga in Central Luzon, Philippines. Lily Mendoza

She grew up in the small barrio of Teopaco next door to calesa drivers with their handsome horses and their backyard stables. She shared with her five siblings duties feeding pigs and raising chickens and collecting horse manure for fertilizing the small family garden. Although she grew up colonized (tutored by American missionaries and Peace Corps Volunteers and Filipino teachers who taught strictly in English), she retains memories of sitting at her Lola’s feet listening to stories, making sampaguita leis, and watching her Apu Sinang prepare her betel nut chew with much fascination. Currently, she is a fourth year student at Martin Prechtel’s Bolad’s Kitchen School dedicated to “teaching forgotten things, endangered excellent knowledges, but above all a grand overview of human history…in the search for a comprehension regarding the survival of unique and unsuspected manifestations of the indigenous soul.”

Besides learning how to grow a small vegetable garden with her indigenous theologian hubby in the heart of Motown (Detroit), she is also a scholar and associate professor of Culture and Communication at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, with research interests in critical intercultural communication; indigenous studies; communication and ecology, cultural studies; colonial and postcolonial discourse and theory; theories of identity and subjectivity; cultural politics in national, post- and trans- national contexts; race and ethnicity; and the politics of cross-cultural theorizing.

Lily is especially known in the Philippines and beyond for her pathbreaking work on indigenization and indigenous studies. Her first book publication, Between the Homeland and the Diaspora: Theorizing Filipino and Filipino American Identities (Routledge, 2002; Philippine revised edition by UST Publishing, 2006) is the first comprehensive articulation of the movement for indigenization in the Philippine academy and is referenced widely in the fields of history, Philippine Studies, Asian American Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, and postcolonial and cultural studies.   She is the recipient of several distinguished scholarship and top paper awards in intercultural communication and was elected Vice Chair (2011-2012), and consequently, Chair (2012-2013) of the International and Intercultural Communication Division, a division of the National Communication Association in the United States.

Prior to her current position at Oakland University, Lily also served as Associate Professor and Graduate Director at the University of Denver where she headed the doctoral program in Culture and Communication for many years. Currently, she is part of the Core Group of the Center for Babaylan Studies (CfBS) headquartered in Sonoma County, California (the term “babaylan” referring to an indigenous healing tradition in many parts of the Philippines). CfBS is a Filipino and Filipino American movement dedicated to keeping alive the indigenous wisdom and healing traditions of the ancestors. Her current (co-edited) book publication, Back from the Crocodile’s Belly: Philippine Babaylan Studies and the Struggle for Indigenous Memory (2013) is especially dedicated to this work.

To access some of her writings, check her out on Academia.edu