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

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 & Megan Thomas

Seattle 2016: News on sponsored panel & travel award

Congratulations to Aries Arugay (U Philippines-Diliman) and Sharon Quinsaat (U Pittsburg), organizers of the PSG-sponsored panel “30 Years of People Power: Mobilization during Crises and Change in Philippine Democracy,” and accepted at AAS 2016! Additional papers from Marco Garrido (U Chicago), and Celso Villegas (Kenyon College) are rounded out by discussant Vincent Boudreau (City U New York). The papers will provide fresh perspectives on EDSA and “People Power” mobilizations as we mark the 30th anniversary of that watershed event. Congratulations, too, to other colleagues with accepted papers and panels! We’d love to hear from you so we can spread the word to colleagues attending the conference.

We will open applications for the 2016 PSG Travel Awards sometime in February 2016. New this cycle: Any graduate student with an accepted paper at the AAS 2016 in Seattle or the AAS-in-Asia 2016 in Kyoto presenting on Philippine topics, issues, and themes can apply. 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. To view last year’s call for applications, see PSG TRAVEL AWARD 2015 To view last year’s awardees, click here. We hope every graduate student who applies for the PSG Travel Award also takes advantage of the AAS graduate student stipend; we have no control over the AAS stipend but are happy to spread the word to double the impact!

-Cheree Quizon & Megan Thomas

Megan Thomas elected PSG Chair 2016-2019

Message from Nominations Committee 20 October 2015: By an overwhelming vote Megan Thomas of the Department of Politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz has been affirmed as the next Executive Secretary of the Philippine Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies.

During the March 27 PSG meeting in Chicago, nominations were opened to solicit a successor to Cherubim Quizon who has graciously continued in an acting capacity beyond her three year term. At that point, Professor Thomas, currently the PSG’s treasurer, expressed her willingness, but had some immediate conflicts that kept her from putting her name forward.

With no other nominee, the assembled PSG membership confirmed the membership of a committee of two (Barbara Gaerlan and me) to serve as a chair search committee to solicit nominations from individuals not present for the Chicago meeting. To move the process along, the Chicago attendees agreed to hold an electronic balloting once a suitable candidate or candidates could be identified.

Fortunately, Professor Thomas’ situation clarified and she contacted Professor Quizon to say she could now put her name forward.

On September 30, the Chicago PSG meeting attendees were sent an electronic ballot. The deadline for responses was Friday October 16. Of the 27 attendees 20 voted in favor of Megan taking over the PGS reins, some were enthusiastic in her support. Of the remaining attendees there was one abstention and six did not respond.

Professor Thomas will formally take office in September and in the meantime she and Professor Quizon will form a transition team.

Barbara Gaerlan and I wish Professor Thomas all success during her leadership of the PSG and we thank all ballot respondents for participating. Most especially we wish to send a special thanks to Cheree Quizon for her selfless service to the Philippine Studies Group.

Paul A. Rodell & Barbara Gaerlan, Nominations Committee 2015

AAS-in-Asia and ICOPHIL 2016

Deadlines for proposals for two 2016 conferences are coming up: the AAS-in-Asia (Kyoto, June 24-27) and 10th ICOPHIL (Dumaguete City, July 6-8). With only a week apart, consider attending both next summer!

Panel proposals for AAS-in-Asia are due Oct 30th. No individual papers, only panels, are accepted but the organizers have indicated that proposals on Philippine topics, issues and themes are strongly encouraged. In addition, AAS offers funding to presenters from North America as well as Asia. Additional info may be found on their website.

NEW: Papers and panel proposals for the 10th ICOPHIL have a new extended deadline December 15th; check out the conference on Facebook. A color flyer with topics of interest and registration details may also be found here: ICOPHIL-2016-ExtendedDeadline.