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years to a well-recognized scholar in any discipline of Philippine Studies whose body of work incorporates substantial historical content and analysis.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


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

PSG Travel Awardees 2016 & Becker Prize winner

The selection committee made up of Belinda Aquino (U Hawaii Manoa), Bernardita Churchill (U Philippines Diliman; chair) and Megan Thomas (UC Santa Cruz) is pleased to announce the Philippine Studies Group Travel Award to three graduate students presenting papers at the 2016 AAS Conference. They will each receive $275, matching the AAS graduate student stipend. The awardees, in alphabetical order, are:

Maria Carinnes A. Gonzalez (PhD Program, U Philippines-Diliman) presenting her paper Food Security and Exclusion among Urban Elderly in Manila Slums; Adrian de Leon (PhD Program, U Toronto) presenting his paper Street Food as a “Crisis-Ethos”: Food Insecurity and Filipino Culinary Heritage in Manila during the Marcos Regime, 1965-1986; and Sharon Quinsaat (PhD Program, U Pittsburgh) presenting her paper Foreign Policy Threats and Opportunities: The Movement against the Marcos Dictatorship in the U.S. and the Netherlands.

Please join us at the PSG Annual Meeting on Friday, April 1st, 7:30 pm at the Sheraton Seattle meeting room “University” to honor our graduate student colleagues. We will also elect three replacement members to the advisory board, and a treasurer to replace Megan who is coming in as country chair. Read more about the newly expanded PSG Travel Award.

In related award news, Soledad Reyes (Ateneo de Manila U) is this year’s recipient of the Becker Translation Prize for her book “What Now, Ricky” written originally in Tagalog/Filipino by Rosario de Guzman Lingat and published by Liwayway in the 1960s. The translation was published by Anvil Press in 2013 and was nominated by the publisher. Vince Rafael will receive Dr. Reyes’ award in her place; the award ceremony for multiple AAS prizes as well as the Presidential Address will take place on Friday April 1st at 9:00 am at the Washington Convention Center 6 E (next to the Seattle Washington conference hotel). To read more about the Becker Prize, see http://www.asian-studies.org/Grants-and-Awards/Becker.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Seattle!

Cheree & Megan

PSG Travel Award 2016 is expanded

Graduate students with accepted papers to the 2016 AAS in Seattle 2016 as well as the 2016 AAS-in-Asia in Kyoto are invited to apply for travel awards of up to $300. We are pleased to announce inclusion of AAS-in-Asia graduate student presenters and junior scholars this year. The PSG Travel Award is intended to broadly support excellence in research on the Philippines and increase participation among rising scholars. The amounts vary per year but we seek to match the AAS Graduate Student Stipend which in 2015 was $280. You have to present your paper in person to receive the award but unlike the AAS stipend, ours does not limit geographical location. Deadline is March 1st with application by email; there are no financial reporting requirements. Click to view the detailed announcement. To view previous year’s awardees see 2014 & 2015.

-Cheree Quizon & Megan Thomas

AAS Seattle

Our annual meeting at the AAS in Seattle has been confirmed for April 1st Friday at 7:30 pm (“University” room at the Sheraton Seattle/Washington Convention Center). As our newly elected chair, Megan Thomas (UC Santa Cruz) will be present to jointly run the meeting; she will take over fully in September 2016 at the end of her sabbatical. Agenda items: We will run elections for a Treasurer (to replace Megan), elect three new members of the Advisory Board to replace those cycling off, present the Travel Awards for 2016 AAS (Seattle) and AAS-in-Asia (Kyoto), get an update on ICOPHIL 2016 in Silliman University this July from convenor Nita Churchill, begin the task of developing and organizing panels for AAS 2017, and much more! Please save the date!

In the meantime, we will soon announce applications for the 2016 PSG Travel Award. All graduate students and junior scholars with accepted papers in the AAS Seattle as well as the AAS-in-Asia in Kyoto are eligible. Here are last year’s awardees. To view last year’s announcement, see this link or search “2015 PSG Travel Award” in this website’s search box. Details will soon follow.

-Cheree Quizon quizonch@shu.edu & Megan Thomas mcthomas@ucsc.edu