ESP Special Lecture by Vicente Rafael(6/29)

Notice on ESP Special Lecture by Prof. Vicente L. Rafael


Date: June 29th (Wed.), 2016

Time: 16:00 – 18:00

Venue: GRIPS Conference Room 4A

Speakers: Prof. Vicente L. Rafael (University of Washington, Seattle)

Title:  “Amidst Three Empires:  The Philippines Under Spain, the United States and Japan, 1565-1945”

Language: English

Abstract: What is the Philippines?  How did the 7,000 island archipelago become a nation-state?  How did its position on the edge of the western most edge of the Pacific and at the eastern most reaches of Asia shape its historical emergence?  More important, how did centuries of colonization constitute the socio-political forces and cultural currents that have informed the lives of its diverse peoples?  In this talk, historian Vicente L. Rafael will seek to describe the three imperial waves -  the Spanish, the North American and the Japanese – that, tsunami-like, crashed into the archipelago, leaving their marks and transforming the social and psychic landscape of the country.

Bio: Prof. Vicente L. Rafael is Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies at the Univ. of Washington in Seattle.  He is the author of several works on the Philippines, including Contracting Colonialism, White Love and Other Events in Filipino Histories, The Promise of the Foreign, and most recently, Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language Amid Wars of Translation.