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Thursday, 06 January

9. Philippine Studies: Transnationalism and Interdisciplinarity

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Diamond Salon 7, J. W. Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Maria Luisa Torres Reyes, Ateneo de Manila Univ.

Speakers: Jeffrey Arellano Cabusao, Bryant Univ.; Vicente Rafael, Univ. of Washington, Seattle; Charlie Samuya Veric, Yale Univ.; Cynthia H. Tolentino, Univ. of Oregon; Ruanni Tupas, National Univ. of Singapore

This roundtable addresses the complex legacy of the Philippine experience of multiple colonialisms, to wit, by Spain, the United States, and Japan, each similar in strategic expansionist trajectories but unique in tactical colonial technologies. What is empire about from the perspective of Philippine studies, at once a product of colonial discourse and critique? What gives, what takes, between center and periphery within the empire and in the course of empire building? What strategies of “containment” confront the borders? What counterstrategies destabilize center and periphery beyond or despite the constraints’ borders?

For abstracts, write to mreyes@ateneo.edu.

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