The Department of Literature of De La Salle University-Manila invites the public to “The Spaces of Southeast Asian Studies,” the inaugural lecture of the Southeast Asian Literary & Cultural Studies Lecture Series, by Professor Emeritus Resil Mojares. It will be held on March 21, 2013, 4:20-5:50 pm at the Waldo Perfecto Seminar Room, Ground Floor, SPS Building.
As a formal field of studies, “Southeast Asian Studies” is usually traced to its beginnings in the United States during the Pacific War and the immediate postwar period. Today, it remains a field intellectually dominated by academic and research institutions in the United States, Europe, and Australia. The lecture revises this view of Western origins by showing how Filipino intellectuals were already engaged in the study of the history, culture, and politics of the Southeast Asian/East Asian region in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In revisiting the motives, range, and purpose of this early Filipino engagement, the lecture explores the imperatives and prospects for the study of Southeast Asia by Filipinos today.
Resil B. Mojares is the author of award-winning works such as “Origins and Rise of the Filipino Novel”, “Waiting for Mariang Makiling: Essays in Philippine Cultural History”, and “Brains of the Nation: Pedro Paterno, T.H. Pardo de Tavera, Isabelo de los Reyes” and the Production of Modern Knowledge”. His most recent book, “Isabelo’s Archive”, was released by Anvil Publishing in March this year. Mojares served as a visiting professor in universities in the United States, Japan, and Singapore, and as the Arthur Lynn Andrews Distinguished Visiting Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii in 2012. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, where he is based.