Kritika Kultura Global Classroom Series presents Ramon Guillermo

untitled-1The international journal Kritika Kultura will feature University of the Philippines-Diliman scholar Ramon Guillermo’s lecture, “A Discussion of Some Approaches in Computer-Aided Translation Analysis: Jose Rizal’s Translation of Schiller’s Wilhelm Tell” on January 18, 2013, 4:30 p.m., at the Faura AVR, Ateneo de Manila University. This is the third installment of Kritika Kultura’s Global Classroom Series.

Guillermo’s abstract reads: “Computer-aided techniques in literary studies and in the humanities in general are becoming increasingly familiar due to the presence of the Internet and of Google. In spite of this, there are still very few studies in these fields done in the Philippines which exhibit a sustained and systematic use of computer-aided techniques. In fact, there may still be a dominant skepticism and even prejudice against the use of such methods in the humanities. This discussion aims to allay the fears of some and to recommend and demonstrate some particularly useful techniques in the field. The examples to be used will come from the field of translation analysis.”

Guillermo is an Associate Professor at the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature (DFPP), University of the Philippines-Diliman. He is the author of a book-length critique and response to the Pantayong Pananaw school in historiography (Pook at Paninindigan [University of the Philippines Press, 2009]), as well as the first comprehensive analysis of Jose Rizal’s translation of Friedrich Schiller’s play Wilhelm Tell (Translation and Revolution [Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2009]). He is currently working on translating works from German and Bahasa Indonesia into Filipino.

The lecture is the third of a series of eight, featuring 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 Global Classroom Series, which began last November 2012 and will run to March 2013, promises to be both international and interdisciplinary. Aside from Guillermo, the following scholars will be featured in succeeding sessions: Prof. Caroline Hau (University of Kyoto, Japan), 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). Prof. Joel David, who lectured on “Phantoms from Paradise: Philippine Presences in Non-Pinoy Cinemas,” kicked off the series last November 23, 2012. Following him was Prof. Richard Chu, who delivered the paper, “From ‘Sangley’ to ‘Tsinoy’: What it Means to be ‘Chinese’ in the Philippines.”

Inquiries may be sent to Vincenz Serrano ( or Mayel Martin ( (subject: KK global classroom series).


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