Benedict Anderson’s public lecture, “The Age of Globalization: Anarchists and the Anticolonial Imagination,” is drawn from his own similarly titled book. The Age of Globalization’s focus (is) on the final decades of the nineteenth century. The near simultaneity of the last nationalist insurrection in the New World (Cuba, 1895) and the first in Asia (the Philippines, 1896) was no serendipity. Cubans and Filipinos did not merely read about each other, but had crucial personal connections and, coordinated their actions – the first time in world history that such transglobal coordination became possible. But the coordination was mediated through “representatives,” above all in Paris, and secondarily in Hong Kong, London and New York. Both Filipinos and Cubans found, to different degrees, their most reliable allies among French, Spanish, Italian, Belgian and British anarchists – each for their own, often non-nationalist reasons. The book attempts to map the gravitational force of anarchism between militant nationalism on opposite sides of the planet. Following the collapse of the First International, and Marx’s death in 1883, anarchism, in its characteristically variegated forms, was the dominant element in the self-consciously internationalist radical Left. 

Anderson’s lecture is in celebration of UP Asian Center’s 59th anniversary. The UP Third World Studies Center, the UP Department of Political Science, and the UP Department of English and Comparative Literature are the co-sponsors to the event. 

Serving as discussant is George Aseniero, a Rizal scholar and author of “From Cadiz to La Liga: The Spanish Context of Rizal’s Political Thought,” published in Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia (Vol 49:1 2013), where he examined the anarchist influences in Rizal’s political thought. 

Benedict Richard O’Gorman Anderson is Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Government and Asian Studies at Cornell University. He is best known for his Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, which was first published in 1983 but has since undergone countless editions. It is a path-breaking and highly innovative work that has supplied one of the most popular and oft-quoted concepts in the academe and beyond. His other books include The Spectre of Comparisons (1998) and The Fate of Rural Hell: Asceticism and Desire in Buddhist Thailand (2012).

Dr. Aseniero was previously with the United Nations University (UNU), first in Geneva and then in Tokyo. He was in charge of the UNU research projects on development headed by Johan Galtung, regional studies for Latin America headed by Pablo Gonzalez Casanova, and the project on Africa headed by Samir Amin. As UNU researcher, he also worked with the Max Planck Institut in Germany in collaboration with Galtung. He obtained his Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Geneva. He is currently an independent researcher/writer. 

Seats are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register here and contact Janus or Kat at 981.8500 local 3586 or email asiancenter@up.edu.ph for inquiries.