Philippine Studies 40th Anniversary Opening Lecture

April 8, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Architecture Auditorium

Professor Alfred McCoy, J.R.W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison inaugurates the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Center for Philippine Studies with the Florence Liu Macaulay lecture titled, “Covert Netherworld: An Invisible Arena for Contesting Global Power in the 21st Century,” in the Architecture Auditorium at UH Manoa on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, from 3:30-5:00 pm.

Professor McCoy’s lecture, which focuses on the Philippines and the history of the American Empire in Central Asia and Africa, looks beneath the surface of everyday politics to explore a clandestine domain—the “covert netherworld”—that was a contested arena during the Cold War, and will likely become the chief arena for geopolitical conflict in the coming decades. This invisible netherworld, which operates at three intersecting spatial levels: local, national and transnational, is inhabited by criminal and clandestine actors who conduct an illicit commerce beyond the boundaries of civil society, individual nation states, and the international community.

Professor McCoy is the author of many important works on the Philippines and the U.S. His study of global drug trafficking, The Politics of Heroin (1972), which the CIA tried to suppress, is now regarded as a classic, and has been translated into nine languages. A Question of Torture (2006) formed the basis for the film, Taxi to the Darkside, which won an Oscar® in 2008, and his Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State (2009), won the Kahin Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. His edited collection (with Francisco Scarano), Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State (2009), is already a standard and indispensable study of the history of the U.S. Empire. His most recent book, Torture and Impunity: The U.S. Doctrine of Coercive Interrogation (2012), explores the political and cultural dynamics of human rights violations during the War on Terror.

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