This year, I am committed to documenting the books that I am reading. I will also be posting my notes and brief commentaries on the books here. I will provide links to their worldcat entries and to download links if they are open access. So these days, I am currently reading: Two Lenins: A Brief … Continue reading My Book Shelf
Click here for more information on the Contemporary Anthropology Workshops at the University of Tokyo. Anthropology of the Hometown, Postcolonial Hauntings, and Methodological Confusions October 5, 2018, 3:00-4:30PM at Building 14, Room 407, University of Tokyo-Komaba Campus Registration: Open to All How does everyday life look in an agricultural town that calls itself the “Town … Continue reading CONTEMPORARY ANTHROPOLOGY WORKSHOP DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO
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)
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Today and yesterday, I had the pleasure of conversing with a very mobile man who has moved around a lot, but who considers himself as remaining to be rooted in Palestine, and who qualifies himself as “half-Gazan, half-West Bank.” He said that many of his family members had perished in Gaza. He is safe here … Continue reading Affected by Encounters