[Blueboard] CFP: BACK TO THE BASES: SUBIC, CLARK, AND PH-US RELATIONS 25 YEARS AFTER THE 1991 PHILIPPINE SENATE VOTE
Michael D. Pante
mpante at ateneo.edu
Tue Feb 16 14:29:55 PHT 2016
BACK TO THE BASES: SUBIC, CLARK, AND PH–US RELATIONS
25 YEARS AFTER THE 1991 PHILIPPINE SENATE VOTE
Ateneo de Manila University
Quezon City, Philippines
16 September 2016
CALL FOR PAPERS
On 16 September 1991 the Philippine Senate voted to reject a new
military bases treaty with the United States of America. That historic
decision—12 senators voting against the bases, 11 voting in favor—spelled
the end for two of the biggest US military installations outside the US
mainland, the Subic Naval Base and the Clark Air Base. Despite the
pronouncements from then Pres. Corazon C. Aquino supporting the retention
of the bases, the American military officers and personnel were made to
pack their bags and leave the country. It was a surprising turn of events,
given the century-long history of “special relations” and
colonial/neocolonial ties between the US and the Philippines.
Despite the historical significance of the 1991 Senate vote, the event
remains understudied. For one, we still do not have a behind-the-scenes
account of the debates, discussions, and negotiations that culminated in
that historic legislative decision. Also, the modern history of Clark and
Subic still begs to be written, even as both places are now in the middle
of a full-scale transformation that is guided by private capital.
Notwithstanding these massive changes, some continuities are baffling, as
seen in the persistent structural oppression of women and indigenous
peoples in the area. Artists have addressed the bases issue, such as
Lualhati Bautista’s novel ‘Gapô (1988) and Lupita Kashiwahara’s film
Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo (1976), yet we do not have a deep understanding of
how Subic and Clark figure in the popular imagination.
As we commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the end of the
US bases in the Philippines in September 2016, Philippine Studies:
Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints takes this opportunity to
look back at that momentous event by holding a one-day conference to tackle
the different issues surrounding it. The conference will gather scholars
from different disciplines to analyze the US bases in the Philippine from
various vistas and using different methodological lenses.
Selected papers that pass the refereeing system will be included in a
special issue of Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic
Viewpoints, the quarterly published by the Ateneo de Manila University
since 1953. Articles in this journal are indexed and abstracted in several
global databases such as Historical Abstracts, Project MUSE, Scopus, and
JSTOR. Other publications may also be planned.
The conference organizers will accept individual paper and panel proposals
on a range of salient topics, such as but not limited to:
- Historical accounts of the 1991 Senate vote and its ramifications
- Local histories of Clark and Subic bases
- Collective biographies of bases personnel and/or Amerasian children
- Prostitution and gender issues in the bases areas
- Indigenous communities in the bases areas
- Bases conversion
- The US bases in film, literature, and popular media
Interested paper presenters are requested to submit a 250-word abstract.
Panel proposals are also welcome and should include a brief description of
the proposed panel as well as the abstracts of the individual papers in the
panel. Proposals should include a brief note about the paper proponents.
Please submit abstracts and panel proposals by *29 February 2016*.
Submissions must be in Word format and include the name, institutional
affiliation, email address, and bionote of the paper proponent(s).
Decisions on abstracts will be released on *14 March 2016*. Accepted paper
presenters have to submit their full papers on 31 August 2016.
Inquiries as well as panel and paper proposals can be addressed to:
Michael D. Pante <mpante at ateneo.edu>
Associate Editor, Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints
School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University
Please inform the conference organizers by 31 August 2016 of any dietary
restrictions so that special meals can be prepared.
Travel and Conference Subsidy
Participants are encouraged to seek funds for travel and conference
participation from their home institutions. Paper presenters will arrange
their own flight and hotel accommodations in Manila.
Registration Fee (inclusive of meals, refreshments, and conference
For Philippine-based participants:
Early bird rate (until 30 June 2016): P2,500
Regular rate (1 July 2016–1 Sept 2016): P3,500
Late and on-site registration (from 1 Sept 2016): P4,500
For overseas participants:
Early bird rate (until 30 June 2016): US$ 70
Regular rate (1 July 2016–1 Sept 2016): US$100
Late and on-site registration (from 1 Sept 2016): US$120
Michael D. Pante
Department of History
Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints
Ateneo de Manila University
Quezon City 1108, Philippines
+632 4266001 loc 5240/41
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