*Department of English* Department at admu.edu.ph
Fri Feb 27 10:25:22 PHT 2009


invites you to a lecture

“Foreign Relations through Cultural Studies”


Servando D. Halili, Jr., PhD
Ateneo de Zamboanga University
Zamboanga City

13 March 2009, Friday, 4:30-6pm
NGF Conference Room, de la Costa bldg.
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, QC


            In his influential essay, “New Approaches, Old Interpretations, 
and Prospective Reconfigurations,” Melvin Leffler, the noted diplomatic 
historian and past president of The Society for Historians of American
Foreign Relations (SHAFR), appeals “for more studies that try to link class, 
interest, and culture; geopolitics, political economy, and ideology; rhetoric, 
public opinion, and policy.”  In response to this plea, this lecture will 
attempt at an interpretation of Philippine historical experience under 
American Colonial rule that shows how the intersection of race and gender 
categories influenced the American colonization of the Philippines in c. 1898-
1905, as conveyed in public rhetoric, political cartoons, caricatures and 
visual images, which were instrumental in the diffusion, articulation, 
implementation and justification of America’s expansion, specifically its 
decision to colonize the Philippines. It will argue that like economics, 
geopolitics and religion, the intersection of race and gender is an important 
factor in interpreting American extra-continental imperialism. Through the use 
of cultural studies approaches and theories on race and
 gender, racialization and racial formation, it will show that the 
intersection of race and gender was a major influence to American expansion.


Servando Halili, Jr. (a.k.a. Ben Halli) is author and historian based in 
Zamboanga City.His book,  Iconography of the New Empire: Race and Gender 
Images and the American Colonization of the Philippines, was published by the 
University of the Philippines Press (2006). A faculty member of Ateneo de  
Zamboanga University, he is currently working on missionary narratives and  
photographs and is scheduled to leave for  the US this year in a Fulbright 
research grant. One of the first graduates of the Ateneo de Manila University 
English Department’s  M.A. in Literature and Cultural Studies program, he 
earned a PhD in American Culture Studies in 2003 at the Bowling Green State 
University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Department of English
School of Humanities
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Road, Loyola Heights,
Quezon City 1108 Metro Manila
426-6001 local 5310/5311

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