October 2: "Mourning the Dead Gods in 17th Century Philippines" with Professor Jody Blanco

Join the Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group for a special guest lecture by Professor Jody Blanco. Professor Blanco will discuss various Spanish missionary chronicles to reflect on the long, painful and partial transition to Christianity and Empire experienced by the indigenous subjects of conversion in the colonial period. This analysis will allow us to revisit and to question our understanding of Philippine colonization and indigenous resistance, which establish the bases for studying culture and Philippine Christianity today.

The lecture will be held at 2:00pm  on Friday, October 2, 2015, in the South & Southeast Asian Studies Department Library (341 Dwinelle, Level F/G). Refreshments will be provided. 


John D. (Jody) Blanco teaches comparative literature and cultural studies at the University of California, San Diego, with a focus on comparing Philippine, Asian-American and Latin American literatures and cultures in the context of colonialism and post-colonial independence. He is the author of Frontier Constitutions: Christianity and Colonial Empire in the Nineteenth Century Philippines (University of California Press 2009; University of the Philippines Press 2010), which examines the role played by the Church as well as the natives in the transformation of Spanish colonialism and the rise of anti-colonial nationalism in the Philippines at the end of the nineteenth century.  His current research examines the rise of early trans-Pacific forms of cultural globalization in Mexico and the Philippines during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  Some of the regular classes that he offers in the Literature department at UCSD include: Introduction to Asian-American Literatures and Cultures, Introduction to Cultural Studies, Introduction to Philippine and Filipina/o-American Literature and Culture, and Filipina/o- and Southeast Asian-American Identities. 

Event details
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DSSEAS Library, 341 Dwinelle, Level F/G