[Blueboard] An Invitation to a Lecture Series by Resil B. Mojares

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies [LS] is.soh at ateneo.edu
Wed Nov 12 17:05:55 PHT 2014


The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
invites you to a lecture series by

Resil B. Mojares, PhD
professor emeritus
University of San Carlos

* * *

November 24  (Monday)
DISCOURSES OF THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE: NICK JOAQUIN AS HISTORIAN

Nick Joaquin’s importance as a historian has not been adequately valued,
eclipsed by his reputation as a fictionist, sidelined as "popular," hence
less deserving of serious attention by academic historians.  Reviewing
Joaquin’s historical writings from the 1940s to the 1980s, the lecture
locates Joaquin’s significance as a historian in his lively, critical
interrogation of canonical, fashionable, and ‘politically correct’ views of
Philippine


December 1 (Monday)
ANDRES BONIFACIO AND THE PROBLEM OF INTELLECTUALS

Whose revolution was it?  Estimates of Andres Bonifacio’s place in
Philippine history have been entangled in the issue of social
stratification, as part of the larger debate on the social and intellectual
genealogy of the Philippine revolution.  The lecture revisits this issue by
problematizing notions of "class" and "intellectuals" in late
nineteenth-century Philippines.


January 12 (Monday)
GUGMANG KABUS: FANTASIES OF CLASS RELATIONS

The lecture demonstrates the value in analyzing “symbolic action”
(enactments on a symbolic plane of social desires and fantasies) in large
masses of Philippine literary texts, as a way of understanding Filipino
popular mentality.  It takes as its example an analysis of Cebuano short
stories built around the "poor boy-rich girl/poor girl-rich boy" (gugmang
kabus) plot formula, and the meanings that can be drawn from this body of
texts about the realities of class division in Philippine society.


January 20 (Tuesday)
WAR OF THE SAINTS: THE POLITICS OF THE SANTO NIÑO DEVOTION IN CEBU

This lecture traces the history of Cebu’s Santo Nino devotion (including
the sinulog dance), from its introduction in the sixteenth century to the
present.  Exploring the tensions between church and state, official and
popular practices, and the competing communities (and their divine patrons)
in Cebu’s weakly aggregated urban zone, the lecture discusses the claims
and counterclaims in the shaping of a popular devotion that has become a
symbol of the Cebuano community.


January 26 (Monday)
THE STRANGE AND SAD CAREER OF PASCUAL RACUYAL

The lecture revisits the mostly forgotten story of Pascual Racuyal, the
quixotic “nobody” who ran for Philippine president in elections from 1935
to 1986, challenging incumbents from Quezon to Marcos.  Commonly cited as
the iconic “nuisance” candidate, Racuyal (the lecture argues) deserves more
respectful remembrance, as the sad clown who appears on stage to show up
the idiocy and farce that characterize much of Philippine politics itself.


February 3 (Tuesday)
THE DANGEROUS BEAUTY OF THE HEADHUNTER

What does beauty have to do with headhunting?  Drawing from the
ethnographic studies of Renato Rosaldo and Michelle Z. Rosaldo on the
Ilongots of Northern Luzon–in particular, headhunting and its rituals--the
lecture teases out an indigenous conception of beauty that has important
implications for aesthetics, politics, and social life in the contemporary


February 9 (Monday)
IS THERE A PHILIPPINE NOIR?

The recent publication of *Manila Noir* (edited by Jessica Hagedorn) by New
York’s Akashic Press, as part of a successful series of noir stories about
cities in the world, raises the question:  Is there a Philippine noir in
fiction?  And what is distinctive and local about its stance and style in
representing noir’s associated notions of crime, violence, law, morals and
urban society?


February 16 (Monday)
THE INVENTION OF A NATIONAL LITERATURE

>From his 1880 “El Consejo de los Dioses” to his unfinished “third novel” of
1891-92, Jose Rizal wrestled with the idea of a “national literature,” and
sketched the conditions needed for its creation.  The lecture shows how the
discourse on a national literature has been carried forward, elaborated,
contested, and enacted in the decades after Rizal.

* * *

All lectures will be held at the Faura AVR.

Seats are limited.  *RSVP 426-6001, loc. 5340.*

Resil B. Mojares is the author of *Origins and Rise of the Filipino
Novel *(1983),
*The War against the Americans* (1999), *Waiting for Maria Makiling *
(2002), *Brains of the Nation* (2006), and *Isabelo's Archives* (2013),
among other books in Philippine history, culture, and literature.  In 2013
he was given the Tanglaw ng Lahi award by the university.

The lecture series is part of the master visiting teacher program of the
School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University.




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