AAS 2018 CFP now open


The call for proposals is now open for the 2018 AAS meeting in Washington DC, March 22-25.  The submission deadline is August 8.*   (This message replaces my message of June 21 looking ahead to the call for proposals.  –Megan Thomas, PSG Country Chair)

–If you have an idea for a Philippine studies-themed panel and are seeking others to join, please let me know (e-mail me at mcthomas@ucsc.edu) and I can post an announcement here.

–If you’re interested in organizing a panel and having it be considered for Philippine Studies Group sponsorship, please plan to submit the complete proposal to me (mcthomas@ucsc.edu) by July 25,* which is 2 weeks before the AAS deadline; I’ll let you know at that point when you can expect to hear whether PSG would sponsor your panel.  As always, the PSG sponsorship request is independent of the AAS submission process; endorsement of a selected panel does not guarantee acceptance by the AAS conference committee but is acknowledged as an expression of support from a community of peers. 

–You may also want to check out the “sessions seeking participants” and “participants seeking sessions” forum of the AAS conference website.  You may well have other networks too, of course, but this is one way to connect with scholars you don’t already know for the purposes of putting together a panel.

–Junior scholars: Remember the SEAC Rising Voices panel on Environmental Issues and Human Health in SEA.  Proposals are due for this panel July 1.

–As you consider how to organize yourself into a panel with others, remember that the LDC travel grant is available to help fund scholars from “late developing countries”.  See the full call for proposals for more information.  Only one LDC grant of a maximum of $2,000 is available per panel, and must be requested at the time of submitting the panel.  If you would be applying for an LDC grant, be sure to communicate this to your panel organizer and make sure both of you carefully follow the AAS’s instructions.

–Keep in mind the program committee’s criteria.  (The below text is copied from the full call for proposals.)

The Program Committee focuses on the following criteria when reviewing and scoring proposals:

     1.      Intellectual quality of the research (originality of material or interpretations, soundness of methodology, knowledge of the field, etc.).
     2.      Quality of the written abstracts, the overall panel abstract being of greatest importance (clear, jargon-free prose is especially valued).
     3.      Coherence of the papers to the overall panel topic and quality of paper abstracts.
     4.       Diversity in Gender, ethnicity, and institutional balance with a combination of junior and senior scholars.
     5.       Indication of a commitment to stimulating active discussion at panel sessions.
     6.      Attention to AAS guidelines (deadline, prohibition on more than one appearance, limits on number of presenters, etc.). 

* These dates are 5 days later than I’d indicated in my June 21 post/e-mail; the AAS bumped back their deadline, and in turn I’ve adjusted the deadline for consideration for PSG sponsorship.

Update from PSA–Pandaigdigan Kongreso sa Araling Filipinas sa Wikang FIlipno

Dr. Bernardita Churchill, of the Philippine Studies Association (PSA), kindly wrote me to update PSG membership on PSA activities since the International Conference on Philippine Studies (ICOPHIL) in Dumaguete 2016.  The PSA and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino are co-sponsoring the Pandaigdigan Kongreso sa Araling Filipinas sa Wikang Filipino 2-4 Agosto 2017.  More information, including the program and featured speakers, is available on that site.  Also, planning for the PSA 2018 National Conference is underway, as is planning for ICOPHIL 2020 in Alicante, Spain (co-convened by Dr. Churchill and Isaac Donoso).  Thanks to Dr. Churchill for keeping Philippine Studies Group members apprised of these events and plans.  –Megan Thomas, Country Chair, PSG

(To avoid confusion: The PSA is not formally affiliated with the Association for Asian Studies or the Philippine Studies Group.  However, the Philippine Studies Group has co-sponsored PSA’s ICOPHIL, and some members are active in both organizations.  We appreciate the chance to share information on each others’ events.)

AAS-in-Asia June 24-27


Get ready for Seoul!  AAS-in-Asia is coming up June 24-27, and many PSG members will be attending and presenting.  I’ve used keyword searches to compile a list of panels with papers that appear to relate to Philippine Studies in some way: Philippines panels AAS-in-Asia 2017.  (Pls. pardon the awkward formatting–I had a tough time with this but I hope it’s at least readable.) The on-line program, which allows you to view the full panel information including panel and paper abstracts, is available here:


[No one requested additions or corrections to the version I sent June 10, so that remains the latest version.]

It promises to be a great meeting!

–Megan Thomas, PSG Country Chair

SEAC Call for Papers


Junior scholars, please note the below CFP from the Southeast Asia Council.  
–Megan Thomas, PSG Country Chair
Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia
Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies
Deadline July 1, 2017

The Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is seeking paper proposals from up-and-coming scholars to join a “Rising Voices” panel on the broad topic of “Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia.” We seek to recruit three early career scholars from Southeast Asian countries in order to form a panel for eventual inclusion in the 2018 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, to be held in Washington, D.C. from March 22–25, 2018.

Panel Topic Details:

For this year’s Rising Voices Panel, we seek to build a panel on the broad topic of “Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia.” In addition to receiving financial support from the AAS/SEAC, this year’s Rising Voices Panel also has financial support provided by TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia ( http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=TRN).

The exact panel description will be developed and refined once panelists have been selected, but the theme is designed to be inclusive enough to solicit a wide range of applicants. Papers can discuss ways that transnational borderland identities are both formed and performed in various contexts, and may pursue the topic from any disciplinary angle, either contemporary or historical. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Pollution and Human Health
  • The Wildlife Trade and Human Health
  • Environmental Degradation, Poverty, and Human Health
  • Government(s) in Southeast Asia, the Environment, and Human Health
  • The Anthropocene and Human Health
  • International Organizations, the Environment , and Human Health in Southeast Asia

The only restriction regarding proposed paper topics is that they must be about “Southeast Asia” and “Environmental Issues and Human Health in Southeast Asia.”

For further details on this year’s panel topic, eligibility, and selection criteria, please visit the call for papers at http://www.asian-studies.org/SEAC-Rising-Voices . Further questions may be addressed to this year’s panel organizer:thompsonc2@southernct.edu.

Mike Cullinane receives 2017 Grant Goodman Prize


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Cullinane (left) accepting the award from Rodell.

Michael Cullinane received the Grant Goodman Prize in Philippine Historical Studies at the Toronto PSG meeting.  We wanted to share the photo and the committee’s citation (below) with all, regardless of whether you were able to attend the event.

Congratulations, Mike!

The Philippine Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies is pleased to award the Grant Goodman Prize for 2017 to Michael Cullinane for his substantial contributions to Philippine historical studies. Cullinane is the Associate Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he teaches as a Faculty Associate.

It was during his undergraduate days in California that Cullinane’s interest in Southeast Asia began. Afterward, his service in the Peace Corps introduced him to Cebu and since then he has channeled his considerable energy and intellect toward that island province, the country and even the Filipino diaspora. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, Cullinane was a prominent member of a group of young social historians who explored local histories of the Philippines. His concentration on Cebu and its social-political elites bespoke his interest in the country’s wrenching turn-of-the-century transition from Spanish to American colonial rule. This interest became the focus of his dissertation and his influential book Ilustrado Politics: Filipino Elite Responses to American Rule, 1898-1908 published by Ateneo de Manila University Press in 2004, a unique and definitive account.

In addition to this major work, Cullinane has authored twenty book chapters and articles on a wide range of historical topics, periods and geographical areas. The most numerous of these publications explore Cebuano topics such as its Chinese mestizos, both the Spanish and American colonial periods, and prominent Cebuano leaders such as Sergio Osmena. His other publications have explored topics that include demography, transportation strikes, Manuel L. Quezon, basketball and culture, and Hilario Moncado and local Filipino history in Hawaii.

Cullinane has continued his productive service to Philippine history and in 2014 he published two more major works both based on his Cebuano research interest: The Battle for Cebu (1899-1900): Andrew S. Rowan and the Siege of Sudlon and Arenas of Conspiracy and Rebellion in Late Nineteenth-Century Philippines: The Case of the April 1898 Uprising in Cebu. As was the case of Ilustrado Politics, these recent titles were published in the Philippines which increase the availability of his work to the Filipino scholarly community. He has at least two forthcoming articles and is working on two on-going book projects that will further deepen his already extensive contribution to Philippine history.

All of these publications were produced despite demanding administrative responsibilities for the Southeast Asia programs at the University of Michigan and now in Madison as well as his work with the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute programs on those two campuses. Of course he still has teaching responsibilities and has been involved in oral history and archival projects while presenting papers at a long list of international conferences.

The Philippine Studies Group is pleased to acknowledge his scholarship and leadership by conferring on him the 2017 Grant Goodman Prize in Philippine history.

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.

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