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Ateneo de Manila’s Kritika Kultura opens global classroom series

What and how do texts mean? Do texts mean the same thing across histories and geographies? Across academic disciplines and national borders?

The second semester’s Kritika Kultura Global Classroom Series features top-tier scholars in the humanities and the social sciences who will address compelling questions around the topic “Contingencies of Meanings” which concern university students and scholars alike in today’s fast-changing and globalizing world.

The unique format combining lecture and roundtable discussion allows for breadth of coverage for students who wish to be generally introduced to the issues addressed by the lectures. It also allows for depth of scholarship for aspiring specialists who wish to learn how to incorporate interdisciplinary theory and methodology in their research. After each lecture, participants will have a chance to closely engage the lecturer—as well as their fellow participants—in a roundtable discussion.

The Global Classroom Series—which will run from November 2012 to March 2013—promises to be both international and interdisciplinary. The following scholars will be featured: Prof. Joel David (Inha University, South Korea), Prof. Richard Chu (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Prof. Caroline Hau (University of Kyoto, Japan), Prof. Ramon Guillermo (University of the Philippines), Prof. Patrick Flores (University of the Philippines), Prof. Vicente Rafael (University of Washington, Seattle), Prof. Bliss Cua Lim (University of California, Irvine), and Prof. Oscar Campomanes (Ateneo de Manila University).

While interdisciplinary and international in dimension, the Global Classroom Series is anchored in fundamental principles and practices in literary and cultural studies courses offered by the Ateneo English Department. Hence, it will be tied up with the AB and MA LCS programs of the Department of English, specifically with courses dealing with texts and textualities. AB Literature majors (current, past, and prospective) stand to gain a wider exposure to topics, methodologies, and theoretical underpinnings which are current and emergent in literary and cultural studies, as well as a more nuanced understanding of the courses they are taking in the undergraduate program. The lectures deepen and sustain MA LCS students’ engagement with the dialectic between critical theory and praxis; MA LCS students are active discussants in the roundtable sessions.

The Global Classroom Series is open to non-Ateneo and Ateneo faculty members and students who wish to enrich the content of their teaching and studies in the humanities and the social sciences. Those who are enrolled in participating undergraduate and graduate courses of the Department of English are entitled to attend the lectures for free although they also have to pay for the cost of the handouts. For non-Ateneo participants and Ateneo participants not enrolled in any of the participating English Department courses, each lecture will cost PhP 150.00; this will cover the cost of handouts and Certificate of Attendance. The package of eight lectures for non-Ateneo and non-English Department participants will cost only PhP 1,000.00, inclusive of handouts and certificate.

Registration begins on October 29 and ends on November 9. Acceptance will be on a first come-first served basis. Inquiries may be sent to Vincenz Serrano (vserrano@ateneo.edu) or Mayel Martin (mayel_27@yahoo.com) (subject: KK global classroom series).

The lectures for November and December 2012 and January and February 2013 are as follows:

November 23, 2012: “Phantoms from Paradise: Philippine Presences in Non-Pinoy Cinemas” by Joel David (Cultural Studies)

December 12, 2012: “From ‘Sangley’ to ‘Tsinoy’: What It Means to be ‘Chinese’ in the Philippines” by Richard Chu (History)
January 18, 2013: “Approaches in Computer-Aided Translation Analysis: Jose Rizal’s Translation of Schiller’s Wilhelm Tell” by Ramon Guillermo (Translation Studies)
Jan 23, 2013: “From Pito-Pito to Indie: Neoliberal Rationality in Two Films by Jeffrey Jeturian” by Bliss Cua Lim (Film Studies)

February 11, 2013: “Transnational Flows and Movements in the Making of Nation and Region in East Asia” by Caroline Hau (Southeast Asian Studies)

February 27, 2013: “Ornaments of Interior in the Orient and the Possessions of Painting” by Patrick Flores (Art Studies)

The rest of the lectures are, tentatively:
March 6, 2013: Oscar Campomanes
March 20, 2013: Vicente Rafael

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