2017 Goodman Prize in Philippine Historical Studies

On behalf of the Philippine Studies Group (PSG), I am very pleased to announce that the 2017 recipient of the Grant Goodman Award in Philippine Historical Studies is Michael Cullinane of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This award is only granted in alternate years to a well-recognized scholar in any discipline of Philippine Studies whose body of work incorporates substantial historical content and analysis. The selection committee had a number of worthy candidates to consider and was grateful to those individuals who made the nominations, and in some cases, renominations. The award which includes a plaque and a check will be made at this year’s PSG meeting in Toronto at the annual AAS conference (Friday, March 17, 7:30-9:30 in the Peel Room). I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting and to congratulating Michael on receiving the recognition he so deserves.

Paul A. Rodell, Committee Chair

Toronto AAS Meeting

The AAS meeting in Toronto had a great Philippine Studies turnout–both in terms of panels, and our annual meeting.

The annual PSG business meeting on Friday had thirty-one attendees, from seven countries, and twenty-three institutions.  More of us than usual were first-time attendees which was great.  The highlight of the evening was certainly when Paul Rodell, the chair of the Grant Goodman Award committee, presented Mike Cullinane with the award check and plaque, reading a wonderful account of his research and accomplishments.  When he accepted the award, Mike said a few words about how honored he was to receive it.  (He also reminded us that it was St. Patrick’s Day–March 17–perfect timing for PSG’s Irishman!)

The conference had 17 panels with some sort of Philippines Studies theme in at least one paper, and four full panels which were organized around Philippine Studies themes, of which two were sponsored by PSG.  A list of those panels and papers is available here: 2017-ps-panels-and-papers-at-aas

Thanks to everyone who contributed!  –Megan Thomas, PSG Exec. Secy.

The Pattana Kitiarsa SEAC Prize for best graduate student paper

New announcement from SEAC: Any graduate student who presents a paper in Toronto is eligible to apply for the SEAC prize for best grad student paper — but they must do so before the end of the conference.


The AAS Southeast Asia Council’s annual prize recognizes emerging scholarship in the field of Southeast Asian studies, from any disciplinary perspective. Graduate students at any stage, enrolled at the time of submission, are eligible and welcome to apply. The committee invites papers that fit the definition of “conference papers,” i.e. of a length and scope that can be presented on an AAS panel, and that make an intellectual and/or methodological contribution to the study of Southeast Asia.

The prize honors the memory of Pattana Kitiarsa who was Associate Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. He was born in the northeastern Thai province of Nong Khai and maintained his roots in this Lao-speaking region. As a scholar, teacher, and friend he touched many people’s lives. Sadly, Pattana passed away from cancer at the age of 46. With his passing the field lost one of its leading scholars of Southeast Asian labor, religion, class, and media.

Please submit your 2017 conference paper, proof of current doctoral program registration, and panel abstract in PDF format up until March 19, 2017 to Tom Pepinsky at seacpaperprize@gmail.com. Submissions should be approximately 7,000 words maximum. Papers received after March 19, 2017 will not be considered. Any questions regarding the prize can be sent to the same email address. The award of $500 and a certificate along with up to $400 in travel funds to attend the AAS Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2018 will be presented at the 2018 AAS Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The winner of the 2016 AAS SEAC Graduate Student Paper Prize will be announced at the 2017 AAS Annual Conference Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony in Toronto.

Philippine Studies Group Travel Award (2017)

In support of excellence in scholarship on the Philippines, and to increase the participation of junior scholars, the Philippine Studies Group (PSG), a committee of the Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, is pleased to announce the Philippine Studies Group Travel Award for the fourth year.

The PSG invites applications from individuals who will present a paper on the Philippines at the 2016 AAS Annual Conference in Toronto or the AAS-in-Asia Conference in Seoul. This year, we expect that up to three (3) awards of approximately $250 will be given to assist eligible individuals in defraying travel costs to the conference. Applicants must personally deliver their presentations at the conference to receive their award. The PSG Travel Fund committee will select awardees using the following criteria:

  • Eligibility: Current Ph.D. students are given priority; other graduate students as well as recent Ph.D.s (2015 on) are eligible to apply.
  • Excellence: peer review/acceptance of the paper by applicable AAS/AAS-in-Asia Conference Committee. Excellence is prioritized over financial need; accepted works that are part of organized panels are also prioritized over individual papers. Applicants may indicate additional measures of scholarly merit such as a related publication/exhibition/other media not otherwise indicated in the paper abstract.
  • Philippine themes/topics/issues: The entire paper or a significant portion must be devoted to Philippine material, regardless of discipline. For comparative works/case studies/multiple foci, the Philippine dimension must be evident, as demonstrated by title and abstract published in the AAS or AAS-in-Asia program.
  • Impact: the award should not be relied upon to cover all participant costs of travel but help defray customary conference expenses. Applicants are asked to briefly state other funding sources applied for and received, if applicable (such as the AAS Graduate Student Stipends, AAS LDC awards, AAS-in-Asia travel subsidy, own institutional or grant support, etc.).  Awards are not normally expected to exceed AAS Graduate Student Stipends (around $250) but unlike the AAS, have less restrictive residence requirements.

Applicants are invited to send an email to the PSG country chair Megan Thomas (University of California, Santa Cruz) mcthomas@ucsc.edu by February 15, 2017. In your email, please include your name, your institutional affiliation, your residence (city), your rank (if a grad student, pls. tell us in what degree program; if a recent Ph.D., pls. tell us your degree date, position title, and whether it’s a tenure-track position), paper title, a copy of the abstract and panel information (session number, date and title), and use the email subject line “PSG Travel Award 2017.” Award decisions will be announced March 1; recipients will be presented with their awards during the PSG Section Meeting on March 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in the function room “Peel.”

On behalf of the PSG Travel Fund Committee Bernardita R. Churchill (University of the Philippines, Diliman), Barbara Gaerlan (University of California, Los Angeles), and Yoshiko Nagano (Kanagawa University, Yokohama), thank you for your interest and support!

PSG sponsored panels accepted

I’m happy to announce that two panels sponsored by PSG have been accepted for AAS 2017.  Congratulations to all involved and particularly the panel organizers Carin Gonzalez and Sharon Quinsaat. See below for provisional panel details.  And of course keep your eye out for these panels when the conference program is published (as well as for other panels related to the Philippines).

–Megan Thomas

Multiple Belongings and Flexible Identities:  Toward a Transnational Perspective of Filipino Migration (organized by Sharon Quinsaat)

The politics of disaster: Ethnographies of vulnerability and hope in the contemporary Philippines (organized by Carin Gonzalez)

Call for Papers-SEAC Rising Voices

The Southeast Asia Council  (SEAC) of which the PSG is a part is organizing a “Rising Voices” panel targeting junior colleagues. This is usually post-docs or faculty at instructor and Assistant Professor rank or advanced graduate students but this I am pretty sure it also includes non-traditional roles like independent scholar and such. Since SEAC is organizing this, it is likely to be assured a spot on the program in next year’s AAS in Toronto, and might have special travel funding available as well. is broadly defined. Please circulate to those you know who are working on the topic of “transnational borderland identities.” It would be great to continue to have Philippine Studies folks in the mix, as we’ve seen in so many excellent inter-area panels of late. See original call for papers below. Deadline is July 1st, 2016

Cheree & Megan

Call for Papers Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) RisingVoices-2016

On the UP Faculty Center fire

News of the fire that destroyed the Faculty Center in UP Diliman shook many of us as the AAS conference opened in Seattle. Upon the suggestion of Ric Trimillos, a letter of collegiality was drafted on behalf of PSG members and meeting attendees. Below are excerpts of the letter sent to UP President Pascual. Read the full text (written by Ric) and signatories PSG_Letter_Collegiality-UP

“The members of the Philippine Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), gathered at the 75th annual meeting of the AAS in Seattle, Washington on 1 April 2016, wish to convey our concern and our sympathy to colleagues, friends and family members at UP Diliman in the wake of the tragic fire that ravaged the Faculty Center on Friday 1 April 2016. In many ways the Faculty Center is the heartbeat of the campus; it is a symbolic repository of both scholarly and creative output and—for many of us—is a physical locale embodying our own professional and personal trajectories for Philippine Studies. 

“At this early point in time we express our collective sentiments of collegiality, support, and comfort. In the coming days each of us will determine as friend, colleague, or kababayan how best to provide help and tangible support. Special thoughts and prayers are with those whose losses encompass a lifetime of work and personal commitment.”

Read the April 20th response  from UP President Pascual