I was born and raised in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. I started my undergraduate degree at the University of the Philippines – Diliman, where I took courses on Philippine Cinema, Literature, and Culture. Six years after I migrated to Canada, I completed my BFA degree in Creative Writing and Drama at the University of British Columbia. I went to the University of Amsterdam and the University of Tampere for my MA degree in International Performance Research.
Teaching and Supervision
Teaching Assistant, “World History since the 1900s” (an undergraduate class), Taught by Dr. J. Roosa, U of British Columbia, 2011‐ 2012
Teaching Assistant, “Theatre and Globalization: Performing World Pictures” (a graduate seminar), Taught by Dr. K. Rottger, U of Amsterdam, 2009
- I am currently the overall coordinator of the Philippine Studies Series at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. As the coordinator, I organized lectures, workshops, and discussions on a variety of topics on the Philippines.
- I was also a member of the 2012 – 2013 Burge Lecture Series Organizing Committee. The distinguished speaker for this year’s Burge Lecture is the noted historian, Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis.
I am writing my PhD dissertation on how the media during the Marcos regime in the Philippines (1965 – 1986) imagined and constituted the masses as actors and spectators in both the political and the theatrical sense.
My MA dissertation, which I completed at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the University of Tampere in Finland, is on “Play in gay transvestite beauty pageants in the Philippines.
- Southeast Asia in the 20th Century: Local Elites, Global Linkages
- Urban Tranformations (Spaces, Cultures, and Subjects)
- the Marcos Regime in the Philippines
- Gender, Performance, History Colonial Encounters, Gender Troubles
- the Internationalization of Gay Male Identities
- Spectacles and Spectatorship of Beauty
T. Paradela, “Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos’ Society of Spectacle,” Panel on Curating History”, in Qualicum History Conference, Parksville, British Columbia, 2013.
T. Paradela, “Memory and Documentation in Gay Transvestite Beauty Pageants in the Philippines: Reflections on Transcultural Research”, in Performance Studies international conference (Panel on Memory and Ghosting in Transcultural Performances in the Philippines), Utrecht, the Netherlands, 2011.
T. Paradela, “Staging the Demise of the Boy Actress in Restoration Theatre: Queering the Notion of Performing History in Compleat Female Stage Beauty”, in Points of Exit: (Un)conventional Representations of Age, Parenting, and Sexuality; Center for Gender and Sexuality (Panel on Queering Queer Text), Maastricht University, The Netherlands, 2009.
T. Paradela, “Unsettling British Columbia: The Uncanny in Vancouver Opera’s First Nations Magic Flute”, in Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) Annual Conference (Panel on First Nations Theatre), Ottawa, Ont., 2009.
- UBC 4YF Fellowship (2012 – 2016)
- Liu Institute for Global Issues Fellowship (2012 – 2016)
- Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship (2012 – 2015)
- Institute of Asian Research Fellowship (2013)
- UBC Faculty of Arts Graduate Fellowship (2011 – 2012)
- Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (2008 – 2009)