[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura's Global Classroom Series

Department of English doe at admu.edu.ph
Mon Nov 19 08:31:11 PHT 2012

Kritika Kultura Global Classroom Series presents Joel David

The international journal Kritika Kultura will begin its Global Classroom
Series with cinema studies scholar Joel David?s lecture, "Phantoms from
Paradise: Philippine Presences in Non-Pinoy Cinemas" on November 23, 2012,
4:30 p.m., at the SEC C 201, Ateneo de Manila University.

The abstract reads: "Because of its historical and geographical
circumstance, the Philippines had been the first Asian point of contact for
European colonizers during their westward expansion across the Americas and
into the Pacific. The Philippines's experience with its last foreign
occupant, the US, resulted in an entire package of fraught 'special
relations' that, coupled with the country's problematic responses to the
challenges of self-government, ultimately led to a global dispersal of the
population, effectively turning the Philippines into the major Asian nation
arguably most reliant on its citizens' overseas remittances.

"This paper takes the position that diasporic Filipinos, for a variety of
reasons starting with the effectiveness of maintaining unintrusive
presences in alien cultures (including the acceptance of menial positions),
have possibly developed and have enabled others to perceive them as silent
and discreet figures once they step into the circuits of globalized labor
exchanges. Just as overseas Filipino characters have started being
acknowledged in non-Philippine overseas film productions, their presences
therein partake of this self-effacing configuration of global citizenship."

Joel David is Associate Professor for Cultural Studies at Inha University
in Incheon, Korea.  He holds a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies at New York
University, where he studied as a Fulbright scholar. He is the author of a
number of books on Philippine cinema, including the Ateneo de Manila
University Press publication Fields of Vision (winner of the Manila Critics
Circle?s first National Book Award for Film Criticism). He was also
conference coordinator and proceedings editor of the Whither the Orient
event held in Gwangju, Korea in 2006, and was founding Director of the
University of the Philippines Film Institute.

The lecture is the first of a series of eight, featuring top-tier scholars
in the humanities and the social sciences who will address compelling
questions around the topic "Contingencies of Meanings" which concern
university students and scholars alike in today?s fast-changing
and globalizing world.

The Global Classroom Series-which will run from November 2012 to March
2013-promises to be both international and interdisciplinary. Aside from
David, the following scholars will be featured: Prof. Richard Chu
(University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Prof. Caroline Hau (University of
Kyoto, Japan), Prof. Ramon Guillermo (University of the Philippines), Prof.
Patrick Flores (University of the Philippines), Prof. Vicente Rafael
(University of Washington, Seattle), Prof. Bliss Cua Lim (University of
California, Irvine), and Prof. Oscar Campomanes (Ateneo de Manila

The Global Classroom Series is open to non-Ateneo and Ateneo faculty
members and students who wish to enrich the content of their teaching and
studies in the humanities and the social sciences. Those who are enrolled
in participating undergraduate and graduate courses of the Department of
English are entitled to attend the lectures for free although they also
have to pay for the cost of the handouts. For non-Ateneo participants and
Ateneo participants not enrolled in any of the participating English
Department courses, each lecture will cost PhP 150.00; this will cover the
cost of handouts and Certificate of Attendance.

Inquiries may be sent to Vincenz Serrano (vserrano at ateneo.edu) or Mayel
Martin (mayel_27 at yahoo.com) (subject: KK global classroom series).

Department of English
School of Humanities
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights,
Quezon City 1108
Tel. no.: 426-6001 local 5310/5311
Telefax: 426-6201

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