Laforteza, Elaine M

Macquarie University

Elaine Laforteza recently received her doctorate in Cultural Studies from Macquarie University, Sydney Australia. Her thesis examined the embodied economies of race, secularism and migration within the Philippines-Australia nexus. Her current research interest draws on the politics and ethics of embodiment to look at how chronic illnesses (such as Type 1 Diabetes) are packaged through normalising discourses of the body and health. She is a lecturer and tutor at Macquarie University, City Campus in Cultural Studies. For her work, she has been awarded the ‘Distinguished Service, Young Alumni’ award from Macquarie University (2011), a ‘Global Filipino Youth Award for Academics/Education’ from Global Filipinos Australia (2008), and an award of ‘Achievement in Communication Arts from The Filipino-Australian Artistic & Cultural Endeavour Society (2011). As an active member of the Filipino-Australian community, she has written for the newspaper, The Philippine Community Herald since 2002 and is a volunteer for the NGO, Gawad Kalinga (GK)/Gawad Kalinga Australia (GKA). In Filipino, ‘gawad kalinga’ means to ‘give care’ and this is exactly what GK does through building community from the ground up. For her part, Elaine has gone to the Philippines to assist in building homes with poor communities.