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  • Menace of Empire

  • Transborder LA

  • Converging Empires

  • 2nd International Symposium on the Nak Chung Thun Archive at USC

  • Remaindered Life With Neferti X. M. Tadiar Neferti X. M. Tadiar is a feminist scholar of Philippine cultures and global political economy and Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of Remaindered Life (Duke University Press, 2022), Life-times of Becoming-Human (Everything’s Fine Press, 2022), Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization (Duke UP, 2009), and Fantasy-Production: Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Order (Hong Kong UP, 2004), which won the Philippine National Book Award for Cultural Criticism in 2005.

    Remaindered Life (Duke University Press, 2022) is a meditation on the disposabilitv and surplus of life-making under contemporary conditions of the global empire of capital.

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  • Gaze Back: A Poetry Reading & Q&A with Singaporean Poet, Marylyn Tan

    EASC Guest Speaker Series: Marylyn Tan and Brian Bernards

    Queer, female, and Chinese, Marylyn Tan is a linguistics graduate, poet, and artist who has been performing and disappointing since 2014. Her work trades in the conventionally vulgar, radically pleasurable, and unsanctioned, striving to emancipate and restore the alienated, endangered body. Tan is the poetry reader for Singapore Unbound, founder of multidisciplinary arts collective DIS/CONTENT (hellodiscontent.carrd.com), and can be found in her habitat at instagr.am/marylyn.orificial or facebook.com/mrylyn. She lives in Singapore.

    In 2020, this debut volume [Gaze Back] shocked Singapore’s literary world by winning the country’s premier English-language poetry prize, making its then twenty-seven-year-old author the first woman to ever win the award. Moreover, it is not a polite book. It is an instruction book, a grimoire, a call to insurrection to wrest power back from the social structures that serve to restrict, control, and distribute it among those few privileged above the disenfranchised. It is a poetic call to arms.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Transpacific Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures Department and the East Asian Studies Center.

    (Photo Credit: Rikei Caraphina )


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    Friday, November 11, 2022

    4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

    University Park Campus

    Social Sciences Building (SOS)

    SOS 250

    Friday, November 11, 2022 | 4:00PM-5:30PM | SOS 250 | RSVP

  • “The Archive Arrives: Considerations in Resurrecting Colonial Non-fiction Films”

    November 2nd, 2022

    Presented by: Sandeep Ray

    How should colonial film archives be read? How can historians and ethnographers use colonial film as a complement to conventional written sources? Join us for a discussion of Sandeep Ray’s “Celluloid Colony: Locating History and Ethnography in Early Dutch Colonial Films of Indonesia” (NUS Press, 2021). The book uses the case of Dutch colonial films in Indonesia to show how a critically-, historically- and cinematically-informed reading of colonial film in the archive can be a powerful and unexpected source, and one more easily accessible today via digitisation.



    October 26th, 2022

    Presented by: Professor Elizabeth A. Povinelli

    Juxtaposing two projects, on the one hand, a film centered on a set of precolonial rock fish traps and their nonhuman ancestral relations in emmi karrabing lands, and, on the other hand, alice henry and the collapse of the western plateau, a graphic novel set in the debris fields of the future, this talk focuses on how western epistemologies differentiate between creative fiction and nonfiction and the mythic.

  • Transpacifics Symposium Feb


    October 7th, 2022

    KAP 352 Anthropology Conference Room



    11:00 am Introductions


    11:05. Presentations on Research (5-10 minutes each):-

    Tera Paramehta (on Zoom, 2 am in Indonesia)

    Lucas Iberico Lozada (on Zoom)

    Ann Ngoc Tran

    Katherine Hammitt

    Karilynne Ejercito

    Lina Nie

    Lillian Ngan (on Zoom)

    Brooke McCallum (on Zoom)

    Jason Vu

    Jeremy Chua (on Zoom)

    Kaiyang Xu (on Zoom)


    Dissertation Fellows:

    Chris Chien

    Rio Katayama


    12:00 Lunch of salad, sandwiches and ice water provided


    Informal discussion of speakers, other activities you would like funded

    Coordination with Transpacific cluster in ASE

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  • Thursday, March 3, 2022 | 4:00PM – 5:00PM | Online | Zoom Registration | Event Page

    As beautiful and varied as an archipelago, barangay:an offshore poem (Wolsak & Wynn, 2021) is an elegant new collection of poetry from Adrian De Leon that gathers in and arranges difficult pieces of a scattered history. Adrian De Leon, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity will enter in conversation with Craig Santos Perez, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Islander Board in the Office of General Education at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa.

    While mourning the loss of his grandmother who “lived, loved and grieved in three languages,” De Leon skips his barangay, which is both a boat and an administrative unit in the Philippine government, over the history of both his family and a nation. In these poems De Leon considers the deadly impact of colonialism, the far-reaching effects of the diaspora from the Philippines and the personal loss of his ability to speak Ilokano, his grandmother’s native tongue. These are spare, haunting poems, which wash over the reader like the waves of the ocean the barangays navigated long ago and then pull the reader into their current like the rivers De Leon left behind.