Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University—in cooperation with Rizal Library—will be hosting a lecture by Vicente Rafael titled “The Humanities amid the Politics of Language: Examples from Singapore, the Philippines, and the United States.” The lecture will be on Dec. 15, 2014, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at 4/f new Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University.
Rafael’s abstract reads: “This talk compares the so-called ‘crisis’ of the humanities—a crisis which has roots in the history of colonialism and de-colonization—in three sites: Singapore, the Philippines and the United States. All three share something in common: the link between education and national development, the attempts to humanize the inhuman conditions of global capital, and the uneven and fraught policies to domesticate English and vernacular languages within a linguistic hierarchy. And in all three cases, something like a creolized speech emerges to upend these measures, allowing for a kind of post-colonial humanities to take place.”
Vicente Rafael is Professor of History at the University of Washington in Seattle; he graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in 1977. He is the author of Contracting Colonialism, White Love and Other Events in Filipino History, and The Promise of the Foreign. He is currently finishing a book to be called Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language amid the Wars of Translation.