[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura Lecture - August 8

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Fri Aug 3 18:45:26 PHT 2007


   Kritika Kultura and the Ateneo de Manila University Press

                         Invite you to

                      Can Communists Laugh?
    Melody and Heresy in the Revolution during the Marcos Era

                           A lecture by

                   Prof. Patricio N. Abinales

                    8 August 2007, 4.30-6pm
               Natividad Galang Conference Room
                  Ground Floor, De la Costa Building


    Leninist/Maoist organizations are by nature bereft of humor.
Understandbly so, given the enormity of their mission to seize and smash
the state and bring about the power of the proletariat. Embedded in
Lenin's notion of the proletarian vanguard -- a revolutionary who does
nothing but think revolution for 24 hours -- is a grim and determined
outlook that has no time for the mundane, while Mao's warning that "a
revolution is not a dinner party" leaves little room for moments of mirth
and idle chatter. But as social historians have shown at the height of
popular protests, "Bahktinian moments" erupt within the ranks of
revolutionaries. This presentation tries to introduce some of the
products of these eruptions, focusing principally on songs that Party
bosses considered heretical or "lihis sa linya." A careful examination of
these songs, however, are not simply criticisms of the dull dogmatism of
Leninist/Maoist politics but also attempts are indigenizing revolutionary
music to appeal to a broader public still unschooled in the art and
culture of the revolution.

Speaker's Biography

    Patricio N. Abinales is professor at the Center for Southeast Asian
Studies, Kyoto University . He is co-author of the bookState and Society
in the Philippines (published locally by Anvil and internationally by
Rowman and Littlefield) and Making Mindanao: Cotabato and Davao in the
Formation of the Philippine Nation-State (Ateneo). He is also Southeast
Asia editor of Critical Asian Studies, managing editor of the web-journal
Kyoto Review on Southeast Asia and member of the international advisory
board of Philippine Studies , the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, and
Kyoto University 's Tonan Aijia Kenkyu journal. He also writes book
reviews for Newsbreak and has two columns: The Recusant with the
Philippine Free Press, and The Separatist, with the web-based Mindanao

  He is continuing his research on middle class and elite violence in the
Philippines , and on a multi-disciplinary mapping of war and peace zones
of Muslim Mindanao. His new research is on the social history of the rat
in the Philippines .

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