UPDATE: U.S.-Philippines Postcoloniality and Culture (grad) (2/16/07; (dis)junctions, 4/6/07-4/7/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Mary Cummins
contact email: 
mary.cummins@ucr.edu

UPDATE: The deadline to submit abstracts has been extended to
Feb. 16, 2007.

U.S.-Philippines Postcoloniality and Culture (grad)

(dis)junctions 2007: Malappropriation Nation
April 6-7, 2007
University of California, Riverside

This call for papers is for a proposed panel to be held at
(dis)junctions 2007: Malappropriation Nation at the
University of California, Riverside’s annual graduate
humanities conference. Submissions from all disciplines are
welcomed.

American studies theorists such as Amy Kaplan and John Carlos
Rowe have lamented the absence of the study of empire in
American studies. In the 2006 anthology, Positively No
Filipinos Allowed, Oscar Campomanes reminds us of Edward
Said’s criticism of U.S. scholars of the humanities, who are
willing to address the cultural consequences of European
empire-building but who generally neglect to examine those of
U.S. empire-building. This reluctance to address U.S.
imperialism has led, as Kaplan, Campomanes, and others have
argued, to an invisibilization of the Philippines as a former
colony of the U.S. and of Filipino-Americans within discourses
concerning U.S. history and culture.

In opposition to this invisibility, this panel seeks papers
examining cultural production that addresses any aspect of the
U.S.-Philippines “special relationship” in any of its
manifestations. In keeping with this year’s (dis)junctions
theme of “Malappropriation Nation”, the panel is especially
interested in the question of whether traditional postcolonial
theory can be “malappropriated” to address the United States
and its century-old (post/neo)colonial relationship with the
Philippines. If not, why not? If so, how so? How has
cultural production – literature, art, film, dance, activism,
and community culture in either the Philippines or the U.S. --
dealt with (or avoided) the question of U.S.-Philippines
postcoloniality?

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

Filipino-American literature and postcoloniality
historical moments such as The Philippine-American War, WWII
in the Philippines, 1946 “independence”, the U.S.-Marcos
Dictatorship
responses to cultural, economic, and / or military imperialism
the U.S. in Philippines cinema
the Philippines in Hollywood film
Filipino/American identity
immigration and empire
intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality
problems in Filipino-American Studies
Balangiga
Filipino veterans
The Huk Movement and its repression
Mindanao and Communism
Mindanao and the U.S. “War on Terror”
Filipino diaspora

Please email abstracts of 250-300 words to
mary.cummins_at_ucr.edu on or before Feb. 16, 2007. Also, please
note any A/V needs you may have.

For further information, please visit last year’s website and
also check for new updates on this year’s conference:
http://www.english.ucr.edu/gsea/disjunctions/index.html

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