SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

A Masterclass with Vicente L. Rafael

Contracting Colonialism
Vicente L. Rafael (Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Washington)

Date: 15 May 2018Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 15 May 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Workshop

Graduate and Postgraduate research on the Philippines and Southeast Asia

Next to Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities, Professor Vicente L. Rafael's work on translation and conversion is statistically the most cited scholarly work in various studies of the Philippines. His work and its approach has been used in South east Asian studies on comparative colonialism and nationalism, language and power, translation and the historical imagination and the comparative formation of the post-colonial humanities. The Masterclass will allow Prof Rafael to mentor Graduate and Postgraduate students in the UK who are engaging with his work in their own research.

After a brief presentation of the key concepts of his approach, Professor Rafael will work with pre-selected participants who are familiar or have read his work and wish to have guidance on using his key concepts and methods for their own research projects. Professor Rafael will provide mentoring and feedback on brief presentations by a series of G and PG students in the UK who are currently conceptualizing their research or writing research publications on topics in the Social sciences and the Humanities that are related to the Rafael’s key research interests. The discussion will center around working his approaches into the students’ own work.

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15 May 2018 - A Masterclass with Vicente L. Rafael

Vicente L Rafael

Call for participation

The masterclass will be limited to 18 participants. Priority will be given to PhD students and researchers who are writing papers for journal publication. MA students will be considered if there is available space. The one-day Masterclass will feature an introductory presentation of the key concepts of Prof Rafael's approach, followed by student presentations and in-depth discussion.

Participation is free. Non-participants are welcome to join the sessions as guests.

Deadline for submissions

Interested participants may submit an expression of interest (max 400 words) and a 100-word bio to by 25 March 2018. Successful applicants will be asked to do preparatory readings and give short presentations of their study. Notifications of acceptance will begin on 1 April 2018.

Speaker Biography

Vicente L. Rafael is professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Washington. He was born and raised in the Philippines and received his MA and PhD from Cornell University. Prof Rafael is the author of several works, including Contracting Colonialism, White Love and Other Events in Filipino History, The Promise of the Foreign, and most recently, Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language Amid the Wars of Translation, all published by Duke University Press. He also edited Discrepant Histories and Figures of Criminality in Indonesia, the Philippines and Colonial Vietnam.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

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