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Announcement: Post-Ality: the View from the South

Ateneo de Manila University
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
School of Social Sciences, Loyola Schools

cordially invites you to

An afternoon of conversation with
Dr Epifanio San Juan, Jr
and
Dr Delia D Aguilar
 
on
Post-Ality: the View from the South
 
21 February 2014, 4-6 pm
Faber Hall Function Room (FH 101)

Post-ality, originally referred to as “the ensemble of practices that, as a totality, obscure the production practices of capitalism”  has now come to refer to the cultural and ideological mood — embodied primarily in  postmodernism —  which arose in the 1960s  as an attempt to come to terms with widespread social, cultural, and economic changes that followed the end of the postwar industrial boom. In sum, post-ality challenges the humanist claims of the Enlightenment: that objective reality can be known, that there are underlying logics which govern human behavior, and that humans shape society. As post-ality would have it, our understanding of the human world is “at best” fragmentary.

 
 In the West post-ality today is in decline, or at least, is at a standstill. But for the South, post-ality still has some currency. In a contemporary world that is characterized by great unevenness in the socioeconomic distribution of wealth and resources and a conflict which is played out in violent struggles, the question is what are the consequences of  post-ality for emancipatory and liberationist politics?

Epifanio San Juan Jr. is emeritus professor of English, Comparative Literature and Ethnic Studies (Washington State University and University of Connecticut) and was recently a fellow of the W E B Du Bois Institute, Harvard University; and of the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas. His recent books deal with issues of globalization, postcolonialism, and the modernism/postmodernism debate in cultural studies. His recent titles are Racism and Cultural Studies (Duke University Press), US Imperialism and Revolution in the Philippines (Palgrave) and In the Wake of Terror: Class, Race, Nation and Ethnicity in the Postmodern World (Lexington Books). Ateneo University Press has published several of his works including  History and Form, and Balikbayang Sinta: An E. San Juan Reader.

 
Delia D. Aguilar has a long history of engagement with the women’s movements in the Philippines and the United States. Her first three books, published in the Philippines, were a result of that engagement. A fourth, an anthology co-edited with Anne Lacsamana titled Women and Globalization, emphasizes the central role of women’s labor in globalized production. Aguilar’s most recent teaching has been at the University of Connecticut, prior to which she held tenured appointments in women’s studies and ethnic studies at Washington State University and Bowling Green State University. She was Irwin Chair in women’s studies at Hamilton College in 2008-2009 and a fellow at the Bunting Institute in 1992. She has also taught at the University of the Philippines and St. Scholastica’s College.
Lecture Series on Society and Culture 2013 – 2014
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Ateneo de Manila University

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