[Blueboard] IPC VRA lecture by Stephanie Fajardo on "US Militarism, Local Power, and the Management of Interracial Intimacies in the Postwar Philippines" (Mon., 8 May 2017, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, IPC Room 203)

Institute of Philippine Culture [LS] ipc.soss at ateneo.edu
Mon May 8 09:29:28 +08 2017



Following the Second World War, over 800,000 American military personnel
were sent to various regions of the Philippines assisting in projects of
postwar reconstruction. This context allowed for the development of
relationships between U.S. soldiers and Philippine subjects, especially in
areas where major U.S. bases and military installations were located. The
years following the war also saw a boom in the Philippine sex industry,
exacerbating existing anxieties surrounding the spread of “venereal
disease” and the morality of enlisted men and local women. Although diverse
forms of intimate relations developed between American soldiers and
Filipinas, interracial intimacies in this militarized context were often
seen as immoral and suspect. The notion of “intimacies” in this project is
therefore broadly construed to include all forms of interpersonal
relationships such as friendship, marriage, sexual labor, and other
interactions and exchanges that were discursively linked. This research
analyzes the official and unofficial policies and procedures as well as the
local cultural norms that regulated or “managed” the everyday lives of
enlisted men and local women. As this work aims to demonstrate, a focus on
intimate management is a means to understand not only the workings of
“empire” in a post-independence context, but also local power and its
biopolitical formulations.

*About the lecturer*

Stephanie Fajardo is a Fulbright scholar in the Philippines for School Year
2016-17 and is a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Philippine
Culture. She is completing her PhD in History at the University of Michigan
and specializes in U.S. Empire Studies, Philippine Studies, and Gender and
Sexuality Studies.

** For inquiries or confirmation of your attendance, please contact (+63 2)
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<%28%2B63%202%29%20426-6001%20extension%204651> local 213, or email us at
<ipc.soss at ateneo.edu <ipc.soss at ateneo.edu>>. *
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