Colloquium Series, Fall-Spring 2011

Fall 2011 Lectures

Let them Eat Rats! Pestilence and Politics in Postwar Philippines, September 14, 2011, Wednesday, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Patricio N. Abinales, Ph.D.
University of Hawaii at Manoa

The most commonly cited most serious threat to the Philippines after World War II was the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP), which purportedly planned to launch a series of "military offensives" to topplle the newly-established Republic. But equally significant was the "widespread irruption of rat populations [following] a rapid expansion in the amount of land cultivated to rice." Read more...

Weaponizing Language: US Counterinsurgency and the Politics of Translation, Co-sponsored with the History Workshop, Department of History, October 7 (Friday), 2:30-4:00 p.m., Sakamaki Hall A201.

Vicente Rafael, Ph.D.
University of Washington

Much has been written recently about the rise of counterinsurgency stressing the "protection of the population" as the preferred strategy of the U.S. in its permanent "global war on terror." This talk will focus on two of the most prevalent tropes in the discourse of counterinsurgency: the "weaponization" and "targetting" of foreign languages. How is the counterinsurgent notion of languages as "weapons" and "targets" linked to the strategic imperative of deploying translation as a means of colonizing the lifeworld of occupied populations? Read more...

Peace Warriors: The Slow Transformation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Muslim Mindanao, October 12 (Wednesday), 12:00-1:30 p.m., Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Criselda Yabes
Independent Writer

The talk explores how the Philippine military has undergone a major orientation shift when it comes to fighting the separatist insurgency in the Muslim zones of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Criselda Yabes was allowed to embed herself with different units of the Philippine armed forces for long duration and the result of her exposure is the recent publication of her latest book Peace Warriors: On the Trail with Filipino Soldiers (Anvil, 2010). The book is the only one of its kind that looks at the Philippine military from within. Yabes will discuss what accounted for this shift in orientation and its implications on the future of the war in Mindanao. Read more...

The San Remegio, Cebu Excavations: Notes from the University of Guam 2011 Archaeological Field School, Co-sponsored with UH Department of Anthropology, November 2 (Wednesday), 2:00-3:30 p.m., Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Stephen B. Acabado, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Guam

The archaeology of the island of Cebu in the Philippines has recently received increased attention from local and international scholars. The support provided by the local government and the presence of a robust heritage and historical programs in Cebu-based universities has made research in the island-province conducive to collaboration among local and international archaeologists. An example of this collaboration is the recently concluded University of Guam Archaeological Field School in San Remigio, Cebu, a collaborative training and research project between the University of Guam, the National Museum of the Philippines, the University of San Carlos (Cebu City), and the University of the Philippines- Archaeological Studies Program (Quezon City).
The field project excavated an 'Iron Age' burial site in San Remigio, Cebu, located on the northwestern tip of the island. Excavations provided ecological, landscape, and cultural data on the 'Iron Age' of the island-province. More importantly, the project provided the first secure Cebu Iron Age radiocarbon dates. I will present the preliminary findings from the 2011 field season of the San Remigio, Cebu archaeological project. Read more...

Also, please see a video of Dr. Acabado's presentation, below:


Geopolitics in APEC: the Philippines, China, and the US Pacific Command, Co-sponsored with Women's Studies Department, November 10 (Thursday), 5:00-6:30 pm., Architecture Auditorium. Reception follows at 6:30-7:30 pm, Saunders Courtyard.

Walden Bello, Ph.D.
Representative, Philippine Congress

The increasing assertiveness of China and the crisis of US power have inaugurated a period of flux in geopolitical relations in the Asia Pacific, where the Philippines increasingly finds itself in the center of developments. What are the implications of recent developments, especially in the South China Sea for Philippine and Asia/Pacific national security? How is the Philippine Government dealing with these events? And how should other Asia and Pacific nations understand these developments? The representative, who initiated renaming South China Sea to the West Philippine Sea, led an unofficial Philippine congressional delegation to the Spratlys in the teeth of threats from Beijing, will share his take on recent events. He will also discuss the larger implications of these geo-strategic maneuverings on the future of APEC and its goal of fostering country and regional development in the Asia-Pacific lake.

Walden Bello, PhD, represents the political party Akbayan (Citizens' Action Party) in the House of Representatives of the Philippines. He is also senior analyst at the Bangkok-based institute Focus on the Global South, which he founded. A former professor of sociology at the University of the Philippines, he is the author or co-author of 15 books, the latest of which are Food Wars (London:Verso, 2009) and Dilemmas of Domination: the Unmaking of the American Empire (New York: Henry Holt 2005). More...

A video of Dr. Bello's talk is available in this link below:

Untitled from College of Social Sciences on Vimeo.


Roundtable Discussion on Dr. Jose Rizal's 150th Birth Anniversary, Dec. 2 (Friday), 12:00-2:00 pm., Moore 319.

Panelists: Prof. Jose David Lapuz, Dr. Lilia Santiago, and Dr. Belinda A. Aquino

This year marks the 150th birth anniversary of the Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. To commemorate this event, three distinguished scholars, Dr. Belinda A. Aquino, Dr. Lilia Quindoza Santiago and Prof. Jose David Lapuz, will present different facets of Rizal's life and work and share their thoughts on the relevance of Rizal today, in the twenty first century. Who was Jose Rizal and what did he accomplish? How did his personal and political experiences influence his political thought? Who were the women in his life and what were his thoughts about women and gender in Philippine colonial society? How did his ideas spawn Filipino nationalism and revolutionary action? Why does his life and work continue to resonate in the minds of Filipinos everywhere and how can we explain his enduring legacy? These are just some of the questions our panelists will explore, and hopefully our discussion on the life and legacy of Jose Rizal would provide us with a keen knowledge of the complexities of defining the Filipino nation and identity. More...

Spring 2011 Lectures

The State of Social Science in the Philippines, March 28, 2011, Monday, 1:30 pm - 3:00 p.m., Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)

Virginia A. Miralao, Ph.D.
Fulbright Visiting Senior Scholar, Columbia University

In her presentation, V.A. Miralao will share the initial results of state of the art reviews that Filipino social scientists have prepared for their disciplines for a proposed Philippine Social Science Report, an undertaking initiated by PSSC following the release of the 2010 World Social Science Report. These state of the art papers which were prepared for the disciplines of economics, sociology, psychology, political science, history, geography, linguistics, communication and public administration assess the progress and challenges of these disciplines in terms of producing a successor generation of Filipino social scientists, and the disciplines' contribution to knowledge-making via their research and publications outputs. The presentation will also include some discussion on how university-based Filipino social scientists are responding to global changes in knowledge production, and the impact of the brain drain and of consulting work opportunities on the Philippine social sciences.More ...

The Privatization of Metro Manila: Wither the Public Good? April 6, 2011, Wednesday, 2:00 pm - 3;30 p.m., Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)

Dr. Gerard Finin, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow and Director, Pacific Islands Development Program

Public space that is open and accessible to the masses is ordinarily viewed as a critical element in the planning of livable cities. During its first 375 years, Spanish and American concepts of public space played a key role in Manila’s growth. While these colonial influences continue to shape notions of scale and space, major transformations in the post-independence era, especially the relationships between public and private spheres of activity, are critical to understanding how public space is being redefined in contemporary Metro Manila. Particularly important are the ways in which governance issues and private institutions are shaping the planning process.More ...