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Events: Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Elizabeth L. Enriquez

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University—in cooperation with CHED-Salikha's Ethnographies of Philippine Auditory Popular Cultures (EPAPC)—will host a lecture by Elizabeth Enriquez. The lecture—titled "The Ideological Work of Music on Radio in the Philippines in World War II"is on Oct. 17, 2019, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at the Natividad Galang Fajardo (NGF) Room, 1/f de la Costa Hall, Ateneo de Manila University. The event is open to the public.

About the lecture

Historians have written about Japan’s encouragement of the flourishing of Filipino music along with the popularization of Japanese songs in the Philippines during World War II. Among other arenas such as schools and concert halls, radio was mobilized to re-engineer the musical tastes of Filipinos. However, while the complete suppression of jazz and other American music was vigorously pursued, the Japanese-controlled radio relied more on recorded American music to fill the air during the first few months of the Occupation as there were no Japanese records yet and singers and musicians were yet to be recruited to perform live on the air. Moreover, jazz musicians who were on radio prior to the war continued to perform at what were called “day clubs.” Ironically, too, in Japanese broadcasts targeted at American soldiers and other enemy troops in the Pacific, jazz was an instrument of psychological warfare. 

About the lecturer

Elizabeth L. Enriquez, PhD, is a Professor at the College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines Diliman, where she teaches media history, media theory, political economy of broadcasting, media literacy, and media, gender and sexuality. She is author of the book Appropriation of Colonial Broadcasting: A History of Early Radio in the Philippines, 1922-1946 (UP Press 2008) and the monograph with video documentary Radyo: An Essay on Philippine Radio (CCP 2003), both pioneering and still the only extensive works on Philippine broadcast history, apart from the recently published CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, 2nd ed. (2017), in which she served as writer and one of the two principal editors of the Broadcast Volume. She was a Fulbright Scholar twice, in 2001-2002 to conduct dissertation research at the US Library of Congress and the US National Archives, and in 2011-2012 as Senior Scholar at the University of Maryland. Her research on historical periods of Philippine broadcasting, media and gender and media education has been published in several refereed journals and book anthologies. Before teaching at the University of the Philippines, she worked in radio and television for 17 years, mostly as a broadcast journalist. In 2015, she returned to the air by hosting programs on UP’s official radio station DZUP.  She also hosts shows and delivers video lectures on TVUP. 

About Kritika Kultura

Kritika Kultura is acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American Studies libraries and scholarly networks, and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Clarivate), Scopus, EBSCO, the Directory of Open Access Journals, and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP). For inquiries about submission guidelines and future events, visit http://journals.ateneo.edu/ojs/kk or email kk.soh@ateneo.edu.