Critical Island Studies: The Islandic, Archipelagic, and Oceanic is the inaugural conference of an inter-institutional consortium that aims to develop critical and comparative island studies of Southeast Asia, in particular, and the Asia-Pacific, in general.
The conference will be from Nov. 27, 2019 to Nov. 29, 2019, at Ateneo de Manila University and University of Santo Tomas.
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About the conference
The conference explores established and emerging issues, theories, methodologies, and practices in critical island studies. Focusing on concepts of the islandic, archipelagic, and oceanic, the conference accounts for the field’s interdisciplinary historical formation, while examining its manifold scholarly and creative practices and possibilities within and across Asia. The conference will be of interest to researchers and practitioners in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; topics include, but are not limited to, islandscapes, seascapes, and littorals; borders and contact zones; international, national, imperial, regional, cultural and language formations; and bio- and cultural diversity.
About the resource persons
Confirmed keynote speakers and their topics are:
Elmo Gonzaga (Chinese University of Hong Kong): Be Water as Method in Southeast Asian Critical Humanities: From Cultural Logistics to Protest Aesthetics
Rowena Boquiren (University of the Philippines Baguio [ret.]): Exploring Trajectories in Critical Islands and Mindscapes
Alex Taek-Gwang Lee (Kyung Hee University): Faciality and Masks: Fanon with Deleuze
Confirmed paper presenters and their topics are:
Ivery del Campo (Ateneo de Manila University): The Psychogeography of Boracay Island
Saras Dewi (Universitas Indonesia): Social Ecological Justice in Indonesia Case Study: Benoa Bay Bali
Iping Liang (National Taiwan Normal University): Island Encounters: A Comparison of Global Indigeneities between Taiwan and the Americas
Oscar V. Campomanes (Ateneo de Manila University): The “Strategic Island Concept”:The Historical Precedents of the Philippines and Hongkong
Agus Suwignyo (Universitas Gadjah Mada): Latinization of Scripts in Indonesia and the Philippines
Jinhyoung Lee (Konkuk University): Geopolitical Configuration of “Island” in Colonial Joseon
Lily Yulianti Farid (Makassar International Writers Festival): Stories of Five New Islands
Tatang Iskarna (Universitas Sanata Dharma): Ethno-nationalism of Papuan People as the Result of Marginalization in Papua Island as Represented in Three Papuan Cyber Poems
Paulus Sarwoto (Universitas Sanata Dharma): The Dialectic of Prospero/Caliban: Figuration across Oceanic Islands
Faruk (Universitas Gadjah Mada): What Is in Between Islands in the Stream?: A Reflection on Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Reverse Flow
Christian Jil R. Benitez (Ateneo de Manila University): Toward a Concept of Pulo: A Metonym
Setiadi (Universitas Gadjah Mada): “More People Coming, Life is Harder”: Migration and Marginalisation toward Sumuri’s People in the Island of Papua
Susanne Sitohang (Universitas Kristen Indonesia) and Benedicta Stella Fortunae (Universitas Kristen Indonesia): The Wisdom of Mother Earth Found in Indonesian Folktales in the Perception of Children in Cawang Ceria Community: A Showcase of the Use of Storytelling in Preserving Local Values to Children
Novita Dewi (Universitas Sanata Dharma): Old Men and the Seas: Rethinking Nation and Masculinity in Folktales from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines
Timothy F. Ong (University of the Philippines Diliman): Erotics of Insularity: Binukot Discourse as a Study in Nesology
Wening Udasmoro (Universitas Gadjah Mada): From Conflict Actors to Peacebuilders: Masculinity in Post-Conflict Ambonese Art and Literature
Gutierrez Mangansakan II (Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival): Representations of the Bangsa Moro in Philippine Cinema
Ied Veda R. Sitepu (Universitas Kristen Indonesia) and Mike Wijaya Saragih (Universitas Kristen Indonesia): Fostering the Indonesian Maritime Concepts and Perspectives through Cultural and Literary Studies
Mala Hernawati (Universitas Gadjah Mada) The Sea Is Calling When the Island Is Raging: Ecofeminist Reading of Disney’s Moana
Inseop Shin (Konkuk University): Islands in Korean Movies: About Immobility of Isolation
About the consortium
Institutions in the consortium are Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines Diliman, University of San Carlos, Universitas Kristen Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Sanata Dharma, Universitas Indonesia, and Konkuk University.