PhilS4 webinar with Vicente Rafael: “Electoral Dystopias: From Colonial Democracy to Authoritarian Rule in the Philippines” – 6/16/22

Did you miss the last PhilS4 seminar with Stella Qumibo? Good news: you can always watch it and other past PhilS4 seminars on YouTube.

The next seminar will feature Professor Vicente L. Rafael as he methodically analyses the historical use of antidemocratic means to bolster electoral democracy in the Philippines, and exposes some of the darkest coercive practices at the heart of Duterte’s presidency.
Against the backdrop of the final days of the Duterte presidency and the recent election of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. in the Philippines, this talk will examine the colonial roots of elections in the organization of native collaboration and counterinsurgency under Spain and the US. The introduction of democratic practices tended to produce undemocratic social relations in the making of Philippine modernity. It argues that elections in the Philippines–and perhaps elsewhere–faces two ways: in the stimulation of democratic impulses and ambitions among a people seeking social change, but also in the foreclosure and containment of such tendencies. Drawing on the author’s recent book The Sovereign Trickster: Death and Laughter in the Age of Duterte (Duke University Press, 2022), the talk will conclude with a look at contemporary practices today and the results of the 2022 presidential elections.

When: Thursday 16 June 2022, 5pm (PT) / 8pm (ET)
            Friday 17 June 2022, 8am (PHT) / 10am (AEST)

Where: Online via Zoom

Register here.

Please note registration is essential. Should you have any questions or wish to discuss accessibility requirements, please feel free to email:

See the full event schedule on the SSEAC website and follow PhilS4 on Facebook to be kept informed of upcoming events! This series is sponsored by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC), the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman, Humboldt University of Berlin, and SOAS University of London.

Manifesto in Defense of Historical Truth and Academic Freedom

This is shared at the request of the initiators, who invite signatures from scholars in Philippine Studies.

“The presumptive electoral victory of Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and Sara Duterte, signals an intensified struggle over historical knowledge and pedagogy, the erasure of traumatic personal and collective memories of plunder and human rights violations under Martial Law, and unbridled myth-making about a so-called “Golden Age“ presided over by the conjugal dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos…” Click here for the rest of the Manifesto and instructions for signing.

Late-breaking opportunity for early-career poli sci scholars – deadline 4/8

 Asia Pacific Political Science Research and Publication Conference – Bangkok – July 2022

Shared at the request of conference organizers.

The American Political Science Association (APSA) invites applications from early-career scholars interested in attending a three-day conference in Bangkok, Thailand from July 21-23, organized in partnership with Thammasat and Chulalongkorn Universities. The event will bring together approximately 60 scholars from the Asia Pacific Region, including up to 30 alumni of the APSA Asia Workshops. The conference will be held alongside the Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG) Summer Conference to maximize opportunities for networking and professional development. APSA will cover airfare and accommodation costs for all invited scholars. The working language of the conference is English. The deadline for paper submissions is Friday, April 8, 2022.

Announcing this year’s Conference Awards and election results

PSG members gathered virtually yesterday for our annual business meeting. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and to meet a few new ones. We are now pleased to announce the results of the annual Conference Award competition and elections:

Eri Kitada (Rutgers University) and Jonathan Victor Baldoza (Princeton University) each received a Conference Award in support of their excellent scholarly contributions to this year’s AAS conference.

Sharon Quinsaat (Grinnell College) was elected to a three-year term as Vice Chair.

Maria Ela Atienza (University of the Philippines Diliman) and Patricia Dacudao (Ateneo de Manila University) were newly elected to three-year terms on the Advisory Board, while both Carinnes Alejandria (University of Santo Tomas) and Ruth De Llobet (NYU Shanghai) were re-elected.

Congratulations to all of the above and many thanks to everyone who serves PSG through its Advisory Board, committees, etc.!!

REMINDER: AAS this week & PSG business meeting tomorrow

The AAS conference starts tomorrow with events both online and in Honolulu, including a number of exciting panels related to the Philippines.

PSG’s annual business meeting will be held online on March 24 at 2:00 PM Hawai’i Standard Time. Please see below for links to the agenda and Zoom registration. The agenda contains an additional link to our 2021 meeting minutes, which you may wish to review in advance.


Zoom registration link (advanced registration is required)

Business meeting agenda and Zoom registration link

Hello! With the AAS conference fast approaching, please see below for links to the agenda and Zoom registration link for our annual PSG business meeting. The agenda contains an additional link to our 2021 meeting minutes, which you may wish to review in advance.

I look forward to seeing you on March 24 at 2:00 PM Hawai’i Standard Time.


Zoom registration link (advanced registration is required)

Call for Papers: The 5th Philippine Studies Conference in Japan (Nov. 2022)

This Call for Papers is shared at the request of the conference organizers.

The 5th Philippine Studies Conference in Japan
(PSCJ 2022, The University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus, November 26 – 27, 2022)

The Philippines in the 21st Century Asia: Retrospect and Prospect

Philippine studies have been in the interphases of various intellectual efforts. As a part of area studies, most of the scholars engaging in Philippine studies appreciate multidisciplinary approaches and are open to discussion beyond national borders. Since the first Philippine Studies Conference of Japan (PSCJ) in 2006, we have cultivated this tradition of multidisciplinary approaches with international settings.

While Philippine society has become globalized, academia has gradually broadened its eyesight into two frontiers: multispecies ethnography and international relations. The PSCJ steering committee appreciate s the pioneering work of Tsurumi Yoshiyuki’s Banana and the Japanese (1982) and further studies on sea cucumber, whales, or a new generation of banana studies, which are arguably a part of multispecies ethnography in Anthropocene. 

Meanwhile, the rise of China has brought international relations back into area studies. While more and more researchers have discussed Philippine foreign policy with geopolitical frameworks, they have not sufficiently collaborated with Filipinists. Such collaboration may generate new intellectual frontiers for both kinds of scholars. These are, of course, only segments of academic disciplines the PSCJ 2022 will cover. Since the COVID 19 pandemic started in early 2020, we have faced new challenges and revisited the old issues with new lenses. Following the tradition of halo halo, we welcome proposals for panels and individual presentations from various areas of inquiry, which would stimulate interdisciplinary discussion on a broad range of topics.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  •  Economic liberalization, development policy and its effects on everyday lives in rural and urban contexts
  •  Emerging trends in gender and sexualities studies
  •  Shifts in international geopolitical and legal policy in the Post-EDSA Philippines
  •  New challenges of Bangsamoro and “Mindanao”
  •  Predicaments and resistance of Lumad people (IPs) in the age of development
  •  Emerging dynamism of ethnicities and identities
  •  New trends in transnational migration and the Filipino diaspora
  •  The Duterte administration: the ‘Drug War’, extra-judicial killings, emergent populism and civil society
  •  Risks and resilience amidst natural and man-made disasters in the past and present
  •  Continuity and discontinuity of natural resource management
  •  Tourism and/or new insights into the cultural heritage and cultural resource management
  •  Revisiting the Philippine Revolution and/or the Philippine historiography
  •  Religious lives in historical and contemporary contexts
  •  New media, “fake news” and the online public sphere
  •  Film, literature, popular culture, and the arts in the past and present

Submission guidelines:
A panel with 3 presenters will run for 90 minutes while panels with 4 or 5 presenters will run for 120 minutes. For proposals that involve performances, the showing of films, or the like, please use the panel proposal format and describe your plan in the “note” section. Please submit your proposals for papers and panels by June 3, 2022 at the following website:

Notification of abstract acceptance will be sent by the end of July or beginning of August, 2022.

Regarding holding this conference online or in-person, as of this moment, the committee is still deciding the format of this conference due to the COVID 19 situation. An update will be posted in June.

For inquiries, please send an email to the following email addresses.

PSCJ 2022 Steering Committee:
Taihei Okada, The University of Tokyo
Yusuke Takagi, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Akiko Watanabe, Bunkyo University
Johanna O. Zulueta, Toyo University

Lecture by Neferti X.M. Tadiar on 3/8: “Serviceability and Expendability in the Globopolis”

This announcement about an upcoming event relevant to Philippines Studies is shared at the request of the organizer.

As a part of its Transnational Asia Speaker Series, The Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University is hosting a hybrid (in-person/Zoom) lecture by Neferti X.M. Tadiar

 on Tuesday March 8, 2022,  4:00-5:30 PM CST.

Physical Location: Herring Hall 100 (Rice University—closest public parking is in “Founders Court Lot”). Open to the public, but masks are required.

Zoom Registration:

Lecture Title: “Serviceability and Expendability in the Globopolis” 

In a global political economy where life has become a direct means and source for the extraction of capitalist value, two forms of disposable life, or life as waste, arise: serviceable life and absolutely expendable life. Prof. Tadiar explores the connections between these two forms of disposability in the transnational context of Philippine social life, specifically linking Filipino/a reproductive work in the global service industries (domestic care, shipping, Business Process Outsourcing), on the one hand, and the financial enterprise of extrajudicial killings of the urban poor under Philippine President Duterte’s “war on drugs,” on the other, in the context of a global platform economy. Prof. Tadiar discusses how together serviceability and expendability uphold the valued and valorizable life of global capital. Finally, this talk examines the work of Resbak, a coalition of artists critically protesting against this state-sponsored capitalist expenditure of life, in order to reflect on how we might approach life deemed waste without politically redeeming it in the form of valued life. How might remaindered life, as a political-aesthetic heuristic for attending to the excess of living under conditions of disposability, help steer us towards the remaking of our present global mode of life?

Neferti X. M. Tadiar is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of the following books: Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization (2009) and Fantasy-Production: Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Order (2004). Her latest book, Remaindered Life (Duke University Press, 2022), is an extended meditation on the disposability and surplus of life-making under contemporary conditions of global empire.

Faculty Host: Alden Sajor Marte-Wood

The Transnational Asia Speaker Series is made possible through the generosity of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation.

Seeking (self)nominations for Southeast Asia Council of AAS (SEAC)

In an effort to cultivate greater inclusivity and diversity in governance, AAS has opened up the nomination process for membership on the Councils (including SEAC) to solicit nominations – and self-nominations – from the membership at large. This process had previously been handled entirely from within the Councils.

It would be great to have a PSG member on SEAC.

Nominations are due by March 7, 2022. Please see below for more information.