[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura Lecture Series

Department of English doe at admu.edu.ph
Mon Jul 30 11:56:57 PHT 2012


       "Mis-education, Translation and the Barkada of Languages:
             Reading Renato Constantino with Nick Joaquin"

                              lecture by

                      Prof. Vicente L. Rafael
                 University of Washington, Seattle

                            August 6, 2012
                         NGF Conference Room
                         G/F de la Costa bldg.
                     Ateneo de Manila University

About the Lecture:

The lecture re-visits the classic piece by Renato Constantino, "The  
Mis-education of the Filipino" (1959/1966), inquiring into the  
colonial basis of his anti-colonial critique of English. It explores  
the affinity between his view of language and those of American  
colonial officials, especially around the relationship between English  
and the vernacular languages. Both conceived of that relationship in  
terms of a war of and on translation. It then turns to an important  
but overlooked essay by Nick Joaquin published around the same time as  
Constantino's, "The Language of the Streets" (1963). By closely  
considering Joaquin's views on "Tagalog slang" as the basis for a  
national language, we can see a different politics of language at  
work, one based not on translation as war but as play. Whereas  
Constantino was concerned with language as the medium for revealing  
the historical truth of nationhood that would lead to democratizing  
society, Joaquin was more interested in the conversion of history into  
language as a way of expanding literary democracy.

About the Speaker:

Vicente L. Rafael is Professor of History at the University of  
Washington, Seattle. He was born and raised in Manila and educated  
atLa Salle Green Hills (1973), briefly at De La Salle University, and  
graduated from Ateneo de Manila University (1977). He received his MA  
and PhD in History at Cornell University and has taught at the Ateneo,  
the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and the University of California at  
San Diego. He is the author of several works on Philippine history,  
including Contracting Colonialism, White Love and Other Events in  
Filipino History, "The Cell Phone and the Crowd" and The Promise of
the Foreign: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation in the  
Spanish Philippines.

About Kritika Kultura:

Kritika Kultura (KK) is an internationally refereed online journal of  
literary, language and cultural studies published by the English  
Department, Ateneo de Manila University. KK is indexed in SCOPUS,  
EBSCO, the International Bibliography of the Modern Language  
Association of America (MLA), and the Directory of Open-Access  
Journals (DOAJ) in Europe. It is the only journal in the arts and  
humanities in the Philippines which is indexed in Thomson Reuters  
(formerly ISI). Check out: http://kritikakultura.ateneo.net/

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