[Blueboard] KK Global Classroom Series presents Oscar V. Campomanes

Department of English doe at admu.edu.ph
Wed Mar 13 13:10:11 PHT 2013

The international journal Kritika Kultura will feature Ateneo de  
Manila University scholar Dr. Oscar V. Camponanes's lecture  
"Historiographic Critique in American Empire Studies" on March 15,  
2013, 4:30 p.m., at SEC-C 201, Ateneo de Manila University. This is  
the seventh installment of Kritika Kultura's Global Classroom Series.

His lecture abstract reads: "The lecture and roundtable will focus on  
the critique of historiography as text, but in ways that seek to go  
beyond the familiar New-Historicist dictum on 'the textuality of  
history and the historicity of texts,' and that affirm, while  
challenging, certain important aspects of Subaltern Studies archival  
and exegetical methods for producing knowledges about the historical  
past. We will draw from a little known conversation between Cultural  
Studies progenitor Raymond Williams and postcolonial and humanist  
critic Edward Said (as well as the useful reflections on the subject  
by the French philosopher of art Jacques Ranciere) which complicate  
the question of the 'relations of representation in historiography,'  
to explain the approaches used by the lecturer in researching and  
interpreting the 'semiosic diplomacy' undertaken by Filipino  
revolutionary Felipe Agoncillo against US Imperialism in the years  
1898-1899, before the outbreak of the U.S.-Philippines War. What  
opportunities and limitations inhere in the project of reading against  
the grain of imperial and revolutionary archival sources? How might  
imperial hegemony and revolutionary subalternity be profitably  
complicated as concepts when the hegemon proves to be 'aphasic' in its  
own accounts and self-signification, and the subaltern turns out, in  
the historical and historiographic case study under consideration, to  
be 'articulate'?"

Campomanes teaches courses in literary and cultural studies at the  
Department of English in Ateneo de Manila University, where he also  
recently served as Coordinator of Research as well as Coordinator of  
the PhD Program (June 2007-May 2010). His research areas include  
critical theory, semiotics, American Empire critique, and Filipino  
American postcolonial studies.  He holds the PhD in American  
Civilization from Brown University (US).  His recent essays in  
cultural and postcolonial critique have appeared in PMLA: Journal of  
the Modern Language Association of America (2008); Japanese Journal of  
American Studies (2007); and the critical anthology Positively No  
Filipinos Allowed: Building Communities and  Discourse (Temple UP,  
2006/Anvil, 2008).  One of his recent essays appeared in the anthology  
The Philippines and Japan in America?s Shadow (eds. Kiichi Fujiwara  
and Yoshiko Nagano (National U of Singapore P, 2011; Anvil 2012); the  
anthology is a tri-national critical and scholarly effort funded by  
the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, University of  
Tokyo, and Kanagawa University. Previous publications include essays  
for the Encyclopedia of the American Left (1990), Oxford Companion to  
Women?s Writing in the United States (Oxford UP. 1995), Interethnic  
Companion to Asian American Literature (Cambridge UP, 1997), Vestiges  
of  War: The Philippine-American War & the Aftermath of an Imperial  
Dream, 1899-1999 (New York UP, 2002), and the Blackwell Companion to  
Asian American Studies (Blackwell, 2005). A book manuscript, Figures  
of the Unassimilable: American Empire Critique, Filipino-American   
Postcoloniality & the U.S.-Philippine War of 1898-1910s is in  
preparation for a Philippine university press, with a revised and  
enlarged edition planned for a subsequent US/international publication.

The lecture is the seventh 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 began last November 2012 and will  
run to March 18, 2013, promises to be both international and  
interdisciplinary. The last speaker for the series is Prof. Vicente  
Rafael (University of Washington, Seattle), who will deliver the  
lecture "On Some Motifs in Rizal."

Prof. Joel David, who lectured on "Phantoms from Paradise: Philippine  
Presences in Non-Pinoy Cinemas," kicked off the series last November  
23, 2012. Following him were Prof. Richard Chu, who delivered the  
paper, "From 'Sangley' to 'Tsinoy': What it Means to be 'Chinese' in  
the Philippines," and Dr. Ramon Guillermo, who delivered the lecture,  
"A Discussion of Some Approaches in Computer-Aided Translation  
Analysis: Jose Rizal's Translation of Schiller's Wilhelm Tell." Film  
scholar Bliss Cua Lim of University of California, Irvine delivered  
"From Pito-Pito to Indie: Neoliberal Rationality in Two Films by  
Jeffrey Jeturian." Last Feb. 11, 2013, Kyoto University?s Caroline Hau  
lectured on the topic "Transnational Flows and Movements in the Making  
of Nation and Region in East Asia."  Dr. Patrick Flores of the  
University of the Philippines-Diliman talked about "Ornaments of  
Interior in the Orient and the Possessions of Painting" last Mar. 11,  

Kritika Kultura, a journal of language, literary, and cultural  
studies, is the only humanities journal from the Philippines indexed  
in Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI). It is also indexed in SCOPUS,  
EBSCO, DOAJ, and the International Bibliography of the Modern Language  
Association, US.  It is the journal of the Department of English,  
School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University.

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

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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