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Anthropologifs @ Mabini Projects (April 6-May 5, 2018)

Some pieces from my Anthropologifs series are appearing at a group show curated by Kristofer Ardeña. The exhibit opens tomorrow at the Mabini Gallery in Manila. Text from the Gallery: /Conversations/Positions/ is a series of exhibitions guest-curated by artist-curators: artists who curate. MABINI PROJECTS invites artist-curators who are also part of collectives, artist-run- spaces, transitory spaces and … Continue reading Anthropologifs @ Mabini Projects (April 6-May 5, 2018)

Wasting Time: Anthropology of the Hometown

Presented at the American Anthropological Association Meetings 2017, Washington, D.C., for the panel Writing Home: Unpacking Experiences of Distance and Displacement.   My fieldsite and hometown, Nabua, is nestled in the central riverine basin of the Bicol Peninsula in the southeast of Luzon Island, Philippines. Nabua’s moniker is linked to the historical events of 1901, when, … Continue reading Wasting Time: Anthropology of the Hometown

March 8, 2018 – Young Scholars Colloquium on Asia and the World

Event Introduction CGA & GPS Young Scholars Colloquium on Asia and the World This two-day event brings together dissertation and postdoctoral fellows researching and teaching at NYU Shanghai, whose work examines and expands the ever-changing intellectual boundaries of academic scholarship on China, Asia and the broader world. Inaugurating this first annual colloquium, Gordon Mathews (Professor … Continue reading March 8, 2018 – Young Scholars Colloquium on Asia and the World

Annotation: James Scott’s The Moral Economy of the Peasant

Continuing my summaries of readings that I come across, here's an annotation of a classic: James C. Scott’s (1977) breathtaking analysis of the “moral economy” of the peasant society provides a useful framework in looking at the condition of migrations from the countryside. He first locates the “economic dilemma” of peasants, arguing that often, the … Continue reading Annotation: James Scott’s The Moral Economy of the Peasant

March 16, 2017 – Philippines as a Field Site: Research Reflections

Scholars who recently returned from carrying out field research in the Philippines will share their experiences, challenges, and insights in an intimate workshop setting to stimulate dialogue, develop new lenses, and foster a multidisciplinary approach to Philippine related studies. Filipino Farmers as Participants in Climate Resilience Research Amber Heckelman, a PhD Candidate in Integrated Studies … Continue reading March 16, 2017 – Philippines as a Field Site: Research Reflections

Ahmed, Sara. 2007. “A Phenomenology of Whiteness.” Feminist Theory 2(8):149-168.

Whiteness is “an ongoing and unfinished history which orientates bodies in specific directions, affecting how they 'take-up space, and what they 'can do'” (149). Phenomenology can be used to bring to the surface things such as habits which have remained unnoticed. Ahmed follows postcolonial scholars, and other philosophers of the "phenomenology of race" who have … Continue reading Ahmed, Sara. 2007. “A Phenomenology of Whiteness.” Feminist Theory 2(8):149-168.

Stoler, Ann Laura. 1995. Cultivating Bourgeois Bodies and Racial Selves.

In Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault’s History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things. Pp. 95-136. Durham: Duke University Press. Stoler returns to The History of Sexuality to re-examine Foucault's account of the history of European bourgeois sexuality, and today's ongoing inquiry into the “work of race and the place of empire … Continue reading Stoler, Ann Laura. 1995. Cultivating Bourgeois Bodies and Racial Selves.

Annotation: Jackson. 2008. The shock of the new

Jackson, M. (2008). The shock of the new: on migrant imaginaries and critical transitions. Ethnos, 73(1), 57-72. This essay phenomenologically discusses the lifeworld of a young Sierra Leonean man, Sewa, who has noble roots in his home country, and who struggles with everyday life in London. The article, which takes the form of an ethnographic … Continue reading Annotation: Jackson. 2008. The shock of the new

Annotation: Comaroffs .1987. The madman and the migrant

Using the rhetoric of contrast, and using the imagery of two informants (the madman and the migrant) to explore Marxian historical consciousness and the anthropological concept of culture, the authors argue that first, “culture always intervenes directly in consciousness and its expression” (205). For example, how the Tshidi of South Africa contrast the concepts of … Continue reading Annotation: Comaroffs .1987. The madman and the migrant