In this PGS Lecture Series, Dr Evangeline Katigbak-Montoya discusses the intersections of hope, education and aspiration for the future lives of the younger members of Filipino migrant families in Singapore. The presentation builds on Appadurai’s (2004) conception of aspiration as a navigational capacity for the future and juxtapose this with the idea of hope to develop an analytical lens that captures the ways by which education and migration are employed by families to navigate the imagined future geographies of their younger members’ lives. Using the case of Filipino migrant families in Singapore, Dr Katigbak-Montoya argues that hope acts as a spatio-temporal anchor that moor people in the here and now even as their aspirations are projected onto the future and elsewhere.
Dr Evangeline O. Katigbak-Montoya is a geographer whose research interests involve transnational migration and emotional geographies. Prior to going to Singapore in 2009 for her doctoral studies at the National University of Singapore, she taught at the Department of Geography, University of the Philippines (Diliman) where she also obtained her BSc and MSc degrees in Geography. She is currently with the International Studies Department, De La Salle University.
Dr Katigbak-Montoya’s lecture is co-sponsored by the UP Department of Geography.