Colloquium Series, Fall-Spring 2003

Whose Development? Practices of Infrastructure, Displacement and Resettlement in the Philippines, May 2, 2003, Friday, 12:00 - 1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: Anthony David Medrano
Graduate Student, UHM Department of Political Science

This lecture is based on three months of fieldwork conducted at the Camanggaan Resettlement site in the Philippines. The Camanggaan site was created as a result of the San Roque Multipurpose Project(SRMP), which displaced (directly affected) 781 families. The SRMP is the largest and tallest private dam in Asia, and the 12th largest in the world. It was completed in 2003, but remains to be fully operational. More...

Islam and the Politics of Identity: Lessons from the Philippines and Southeast Asia, November 17, 2003, 12:00-1:30pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: Federico V. Magdalena, PhD
Faculty Specialist, Center for Philippine Studies

Identity conflict, and the consequent politics of identity, is the struggle over definitions of or claims to politically and culturally sensitive categories of being. In the Philippines, with a significant Moro (Muslim) minority of 5%, and in neighboring countries where Islam constitutes the majority religion of people, the Islamic identity is in conflict with secular influences brought about by colonization and globalization. Focusing on Mindanao, the Philippines' last frontier, the speaker will discuss the conflict between secessionist (militant) Muslims and the government, on one hand, and Islam and almost everything western or secular, on the other. This struggle is synonymous with jihad, which is mistakenly assumed as "holy war" between a Muslim community and another.

The Philippine experience is compared with those in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore with an eye to show how a threatened identity copes with the modern state, and what modalities of conflict and peace are used by both the state the groups in conflict. More...