Professor Jose Wendell P. Capili earned his degrees from UST, UP Diliman, University of Tokyo, University of Cambridge and The Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (now School of Culture, History & Language, College of Asia and the Pacific), Australian National University, where he completed his PhD on the Emergence of Southeast Asian Diaspora Writers in Australia from 1972 to 2007.
He published 7 books and over 300 articles in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. He received Carlos Palanca,Cultural Center of the Philippines and Philippine National Book Awards for Literature as well as scholarships, grants and fellowships from Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Singaporean, Hong Kong, Philippine, Australian, British and US governments.
He was a recipient of the UP Diliman Gawad Chancellor, UP Carlos P. Romulo Professorial Chair, UP International Publication Award, UP Centennial Professorial Chair and One UP Professorial Chair for Teaching and Research. He was a Visiting Scholar, Writer and Professor at the University of Cambridge, University of Hawaii at Hilo, University of Hong Kong, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, University of Malaya, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, Seoul National University, National University of Singapore, University of Sydney, Waseda University, University of Western Australia, and Yonsei University.
His creative and critical productions were presented in several conferences and festivals, including the Cambridge Seminar on the Contemporary Writer (2000), Hong Kong International Literary Festival (2001), Sydney Writers' Festival (2007, 2008), and The 76th PEN International Conference in Tokyo, Japan (2010), and the First International Conference on Multidisciplinary Filipino Studies at the University of Hawaii at Hilo (2017), where he was the Keynote Speaker.
He was interviewed by the BBC, CNN, CCTV (China), Channel NewsAsia (Singapore), El Pais (Spain), SBS (Australia), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and The Strait Times (Singapore) for his insights on creative writing, higher education, literature, migration and popular culture.
He is Professor of English, Creative Writing and Comparative Literature, UP Diliman and the Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs & Director, Office of Alumni Relations (OAR), University of the Philippines System.
As a scholar, artist and teacher:
comparative migration cultures and societies (Japan, Australia, Southeast Asia), creative writing (creative nonfiction, poetry), comparative literature, Philippine Literature in English, popular culture (Australia, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, United States)
As a university administrator:
public affairs (media, public relations, alumni relations), development (linkages, fundraising, planning), academic affairs and administration
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