The PUP Center for Social History (PUP-CSH) under the PUP Institute for Culture and Language Studies (PUP-ICLS), Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension and Development (OVPRED) will be holding a “Social History Lecture Series” on November 23, 2017 at the Bonifacio Hall, NALLRC, PUP Main Campus, Sta. Mesa, Manila.
The lecture is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The lecturers on November 23, 2017 are Dr. Carlos M. Piocos III from De La Salle University Manila (8:00am-12noon) and Dr. Charlie Samuya Veric from Ateneo de Manila University (1:00pm-5:00pm). Dr. Piocos will discuss the topic “Transnational Transcripts: Filipina and Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers while Dr. Veric will tackle the topic “E.P. Thompson in Kerala: On the Postcolonial Origins of History from Below.”
The reactors of the lectures are: Jesus Emmanuel S. Villafuerte of PUP Institute for Culture and Language Studies, John Venson P. Villareal of UP Diliman College of Social Sciences and Philosophy and Jayson C. Jimenez of PUP College of Arts and Letters.
Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Certificate of Attendance will be given to the participants after the lectures. For pre-registration, please e-mail your name and institution affiliation to this email: [email protected].
For more information, kindly contact Romeo Peña of PUP Center for Social History at 335.1787 or 335.1777 local 177.
Lecture Abstracts:
Transnational Transcripts: Filipina and Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers
Carlos M. Piocos III, PhD
In Southeast Asia, Philippines and Indonesia are the top sending countries of domestic workers in Asia, particularly in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. Both the Philippine and Indonesian governments have hailed their migrant workers as heroes: bagong bayani or pahlawan devisa (foreign exchange heroes) in recognition of their economic impact in the development of not only their own households but also their homelands. However, this recognition is always haunted by anxieties as most of the narratives from scholarly works and mass media usually only highlight their vulnerability as women and foreign workers, neglected by their governments and subject to abuse and exploitation from their employers or recruiters. In recent years, however, migrant women workers have been documenting their own experiences through literary writing and publishing.
Cultural production like literary writing, blogging and photography have become avenues for Filipina and Indonesian migrant women to narrate and understand their experiences abroad. Because of this, migrant women workers’ texts represent moments of mediation, contestation and even “disruption” through the complex process of finding their own voice and portraying their social worlds through their own forays into creative process of literary and visual narrative production. This lecture examines selected works of Filipina and Indonesian transnational domestic workers in Asia as “hidden transcripts” (Scott, 1990) from which marginalized migrant women openly assumes speech acts to challenge power and negotiate their subordinate position.
E.P. Thompson in Kerala: On the Postcolonial Origins of History from Below
Charlie Samuya Veric
The lecture reconstructs the pivotal place of decolonization in the development of history from below as a historical practice that emerged after the Second World War whose radical assumptions and methods would become institutionalized at universities across the planet by the end of the 20th century. I will demonstrate that decolonization provided the material condition for history from below to become legible as a modern historical project. In doing so, I hope to complicate the global reception of history from below by suggesting an alternative route that takes the decolonizing world as a significant point of origin for the rise of the concept.