KK Global Classroom Series presents Caroline Hau

The international journal Kritika Kultura will feature Kyoto University’s Caroline S. Hau’s lecture, “Transnational Flows and Movements in the Making of Nation and Region in East Asia” on Feb 11, 2013, 4:30 p.m., at the Faura AVR, Ateneo de Manila University. This is the fifth installment of Kritika Kultura’s Global Classroom Series.

Hau’s abstract reads: “In this lecture, I will look at how biographical, network, and translingual approaches may fruitfully be deployed for the study of transnational flows and movements and their impact on nation- and region-making in East Asia. ‘Travel’ is a key concept and framework of analysis in the study of politics and ideas in Southeast Asia, particularly in the theorizing of nationalism, communism / socialism, cosmopolitanism, and Islamism. Cross-border flows and movements are often discussed as a high-level abstraction, however, and overlooks the fact that people cross borders as individuals. In crossing borders, these individuals do so as part of networks, while engaging in translation. Moreover, meanings of concepts get reinvented as they pass from one language to another, as part of what Lydia Liu calls ‘translingual practices’. A biographical approach can help us understand Asianist, Comintern, and nationalist activism and movements of the past century.”

Caroline S. Hau is the author of Necessary Fictions: Philippine Literature and the Nation 1946-1980 and On the Subject of the Nation: Filipino Writings from the Margins, 1981-2004, both published by Ateneo de Manila University Press.  She is editor of Intsik: An Anthology of Chinese-Filipino Writing and (with Kasian Tejapira) Traveling Nation-Makers: Transnational Flows and Movements in the Making of Modern Southeast Asia.

The lecture is the fifth 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 Hau, the following scholars will be featured in succeeding sessions: Prof. Patrick Flores (University of the Philippines), Prof. Vicente Rafael (University of Washington, Seattle), 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 were Prof. Richard Chu, who delivered the paper, “From ‘Sangley’ to ‘Tsinoy’: What it Means to be ‘Chinese’ in the Philippines”, and Dr. Ramon Guillermo, who delivered the lecture, “A Discussion of Some Approaches in Computer-Aided Translation Analysis: Jose Rizal’s Translation of Schiller’s Wilhelm Tell.”. Last January 25, 2013, film scholar Bliss Cua Lim of University of California, Irvine delivered “From Pito-Pito to Indie: Neoliberal Rationality in Two Films by Jeffrey Jeturian.”

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