Kritika Kultura, the refereed e-journal of language and literary/cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, features a lecture by Dr. Charlie Samuya Veric. The event—part of the Kritika Kultura Lecture Series—is entitled “The World-System of Decolonization,” and will be on June 28, 2013, 4:30 to 6:00 pm at Faura Hall AVR in Ateneo de Manila University.
Veric’s abstract reads: “A contribution to the genealogical elaboration of the Third World as a political project, the lecture examines how decolonization constituted a new culture that defined the decolonized as new subjects of history. Previously thought to be without history and culture, the people of the Third World imagined a decolonizing world-system, which allowed them to rethink culture and humanity as historical categories. To describe the nature of the world-system of decolonization, I consider three foundational works that saw print following the historic Bandung Conference in 1955: Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, Jose Maria Sison’s Struggle for National Democracy, and Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. In the first half of the lecture, I discuss how these intellectuals, particularly Sison, not only constitute a world-system of decolonizing thought that is simultaneously local and planetary, but also reconstitute culture and humanity as a whole. In the second and final part, I explore what their critical reception in American higher education reveals about the failures of postcolonial studies in the age of globalization. The lecture is based on an essay that appeared as the lead article for the spring issue of Social Text, a top journal of cultural theory.”
Veric holds a PhD in American Studies from Yale University. A widely published scholar, poet, editor, and translator, his postdisciplinary research tests the limits of literary, cultural, and postcolonial theory. He rejoins the English Department at Ateneo de Manila University after teaching at De La Salle University where he served as the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Literature. He also serves as a technical expert for the Commission on Higher Education. His current project is a book manuscript in which he examines how the face relates to such modern issues as everyday life, visuality, war, affect, and sympathy. Entitled Ruins of the Face: Essays on Self-Evidence, the book manuscript is based on his dissertation, which was awarded the John Hay Whitney Fellowship and approved without revision by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.