[Blueboard] KK Global Classroom Series presents Vicente L. Rafael

Department of English doe at admu.edu.ph
Sat Mar 16 08:42:27 PHT 2013

The international journal Kritika Kultura will feature University of  
Washington, Seattle scholar Dr. Vicente L. Rafael's lecture "On Some  
Motifs in Rizal" on March 18, 2013, 4:30 p.m., at SEC-C 201, Ateneo de  
Manila University. This is the eighth and last installment of Kritika  
Kultura's Global Classroom Series.

Rafael's abstract reads: "Rizal's novels, the Noli and the Fili,  
arguably continue to be the strongest works in Philippine literature.  
Indeed, they are often credited for inaugurating it. However, as  
foundational texts in the nationalist literary canon, they contain  
motifs that have less to do with the fact of nationalism than with the  
conditions of its impossibility and the failure of its arrival. Such  
motifs include, among other things, communication and comparison,  
genealogy and criminality, truth and justice, gender and generation,  
sacrifice and revenge. This lecture will consist of examining some of  
these motifs, asking how they bring forth the nation as something yet  
to be named, and as a promise indefinitely deferred: an ethical and  
political project suspended between the ambiguity of means and the  
unknowability of ends, while driven by the urgent need for decision."

Rafael (Ateneo class of 77) is Professor of History at the University  
of Washington in Seattle. He was born and raised in Manila, left to  
attend graduate school intending to return, but by a curious  
combination of accident and design ended up teaching and living in the  
United States. He has since written a number of works on the  
Philippines including Contracting Colonialism (1988/1993); White Love  
and Other Events in Filipino Histories (2000); The Promise of the  
Foreign (2005) and edited Discrepant Histories (1995) and Figures of  
Criminality in Indonesia, the Philippines and Colonial Vietnam (1999).  
Currently, he is writing a book tentatively called Bastard Tongues, on  
translation,  war and historical imagination between the Philippines  
and the United States. He hopes that someday he can realize his  
original plan of returning to the city of his birth.

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  

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,  
2013.  Dr. Oscar Campomanes of the Ateneo de Manila University, on the  
other hand, lectured on "Historiographic Critique in American Empire  
Studies" last Mar. 15, 2013.

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
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Ateneo de Manila University
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