Kritika Kultura, the refereed e-journal of language and literary/cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, is holding a lecture by Dr. Resil B. Mojares. The event—part of the Kritika Kultura Lecture Series—is titled “Manuel Blanco’s El Indio and the History of a Rumor,” and will be on July 26, 2013, 4:30 to 6:00 PM at Faura Hall AVR in Ateneo de Manila University.
Mojares’s abstract reads: “The lecture revolves around the well-known nineteenth-century story of an Augustinian who set out to write a treatise on the character of the Philippine native (‘indio’), and worked on it for years. When his book was finally opened upon his death it was found to consist of nothing but blank pages. Unpacking the politics of this story, the lecture dwells not only on the importance of rumor in history but the value of such historiographic forms as the conjectural, speculative, and fictional.”
Resil B. Mojares is the author of Origins and Rise of the Filipino Novel, as well as the critically-acclaimed 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 newest book, Isabelo’s Archive, was released by Anvil Publishing. Mojares was visiting professor in universities in the United States, Japan, and Singapore, and was 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 founded the Cebuano Studies Center.