KK Global Classroom Series presents Oscar V. Campomanes

The international journal Kritika Kultura will feature Ateneo de Manila University scholar Dr. Oscar V. Campomanes’ lecture “Historiographic Critique in American Empire Studies” on March 15, 2013, 4:30 pm, at SEC-C 201, Ateneo de Manila University. This is the seventh installment of Kritika Kultura’s Global Classroom Series.

His lecture abstract reads: “The lecture and roundtable will focus on the critique of historiography as text, but in ways that seek to go beyond the familiar New-Historicist dictum on ‘the textuality of history and the historicity of texts,’ and that affirm, while challenging, certain important aspects of Subaltern Studies archival and exegetical methods for producing knowledges about the historical past. We will draw from a little known conversation between Cultural Studies progenitor Raymond Williams and postcolonial and humanist critic Edward Said (as well as the useful reflections on the subject by the French philosopher of art Jacques Ranciere) which complicate
the question of the ‘relations of representation in historiography,’ to explain the approaches used by the lecturer in researching and interpreting the ‘semiosic diplomacy’ undertaken by Filipino revolutionary Felipe Agoncillo against US Imperialism in the years 1898-1899, before the outbreak of the U.S.-Philippines War. What opportunities and limitations inhere in the project of reading against the grain of imperial and revolutionary archival sources? How might imperial hegemony and revolutionary subalternity be profitably complicated as concepts when the hegemon proves to be ‘aphasic’ in its own accounts and self-signification, and the subaltern turns out, in the historical and historiographic case study under consideration, to be ‘articulate’?”

Campomanes teaches courses in literary and cultural studies at the Department of English in Ateneo de Manila University, where he also recently served as Coordinator of Research as well as Coordinator of the PhD Program (June 2007-May 2010). His research areas include critical theory, semiotics, American Empire critique, and Filipino American postcolonial studies.  He holds the PhD in American Civilization from Brown University (US).  His recent essays in cultural and postcolonial critique have appeared in PMLA: Journal of the Modern Language Association of America (2008); Japanese Journal of American Studies (2007); and the critical anthology Positively No Filipinos Allowed: Building Communities and  Discourse (Temple UP, 2006/Anvil, 2008).  One of his recent essays appeared in the anthology The Philippines and Japan in America’s Shadow (eds. Kiichi Fujiwara and Yoshiko Nagano (National U of Singapore P, 2011; Anvil 2012); the anthology is a tri-national critical and scholarly effort funded by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, University of Tokyo, and Kanagawa University. Previous publications include essays for the Encyclopedia of the American Left (1990), Oxford Companion to Women’s Writing in the United States (Oxford UP. 1995), Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature (Cambridge UP, 1997), Vestiges of  War: The Philippine-American War & the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899-1999 (New York UP, 2002), and the Blackwell Companion to Asian American Studies (Blackwell, 2005). A book manuscript, Figures of the Unassimilable: American Empire Critique, Filipino-American  Postcoloniality & the U.S.-Philippine War of 1898-1910s is in preparation for a Philippine university press, with a revised and enlarged edition planned for a subsequent US/international publication.

The lecture is the seventh 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 18, 2013, promises to be both international and interdisciplinary. The last speaker for the series is Prof. Vicente Rafael (University of Washington, Seattle), who will deliver the lecture “On Some Motifs in Rizal.”

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.” Film scholar Bliss Cua Lim of University of California, Irvine delivered “From Pito-Pito to Indie: Neoliberal Rationality in Two Films by Jeffrey Jeturian.” Last Feb. 11, 2013, Kyoto University’s Caroline Hau lectured on the topic “Transnational Flows and Movements in the Making of Nation and Region in East Asia.”  Dr. Patrick Flores of the University of the Philippines-Diliman talked about “Ornaments of Interior in the Orient and the Possessions of Painting” last Mar. 11, 2013.

Kritika Kultura, a journal of language, literary, and cultural studies, is the only humanities journal from the Philippines indexed in Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI). It is also indexed in SCOPUS, EBSCO, DOAJ, and the International Bibliography of the Modern Language Association, US.  It is the journal of the Department of English, School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University.


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