Recipients of PSG Travel Awards 2015

Congratulations to this year’s four recipients of the 2015 PSG Travel Award. Each will receive $280* from the PSG Travel Fund, three of whom are presenting their papers in AAS Chicago and one in AAS-in-Asia in Taipeh. On behalf of the members of the PSG travel award committee, Lindy Aquino, Nita Churchill & Megan Thomas, we thank our junior colleagues for their hard work in submitting solid abstracts and organizing substantive panels, as well as all donors who made this year’s awards possible. Interested in donating to this good cause? See more info here or contact PSG Recording Secretary/Treasurer Megan Thomas at

*originally pegged at $250 but adjusted to match the AAS graduate student stipend rate for 2015

Meeting Room details Chicago Mar 27 plus panels of interest

Meeting details: The PSG will meet on Friday the 27th of March at 7:30 pm. We’re meeting in “Parlor F” at the conference venue, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

Panels of interest: The AAS Conference Committee has not yet released the detailed program listing individual papers & presenters but based on what has been made available, here’s a quick guide to what might be of interest to members of PSG. 2015 Short list panels of interest They are listed chronologically by day, time, panel title & organizer. To read full panel abstracts, please refer to the page numbers indicated using the AAS website’s day-by-day list (–Panels-by-Day.pdf.)

There are four panels of interest on Friday, and a crush of seven on Saturday the 28th so please plan ahead. Note that the PSG sponsored panel (Jojo Abinales & Lynne Milgram) is scheduled at 5 pm on Saturday. On the same day, inter-area panels with multiple Philippine papers are noteworthy as well: on interdisciplinary archaeology (Sandy de Leon) slated at 8:30 am and on Chinese creolization/acculturation (Guo-Quan Seng) at 10:45 am. For colleagues presenting on a panel that is not listed here, please send an email and provide panel title in full.

Upcoming: The call for nominees for the Goodman Prize in Historical Studies is forthcoming with the customary mid-February target date; details to follow. In addition, the PSG Travel Fund Committee is accepting applications for travel awards of up to $300 to graduate students and junior scholars presenting at the AAS; deadline is Feb 21, 2015 with additional details below.

See you in Chicago: News on Sponsored Panel, Travel Money, Election

Congratulations to Lynne Milgram (Ontario Academy of Art & Design) and Jojo Abinales (U Hawaii Manoa), organizers of the PSG sponsored panel entitled  (Re)situating Extralegality in the Philippines: Prostitution, Street Vending and Education Disjunctures! Panel discussant is Gordon Mathews (Chinese University of Hong Kong) with papers from Lynne, Jojo, and graduate student Katie Whitcombe (University of Oxford). Excellent topic/issue pursued through the collaboration of junior and senior scholars from a broad geographical base once again proved to be a winning formula. Congratulations, too, to our other PSG members with accepted panels and papers!

We are happy to report that we can once again offer Travel Awards for 2015! The PSG Travel Fund is healthier than ever thanks to generous donors and the tireless work of the committee. Building on the success of last year’s award, we are able to offer modestly larger sums of up to $300 this year! Click here to view/download the 2015 announcement PSG TRAVEL AWARD 2015

Finally, we will elect new officers in 2015, including country chair. Richard Chu has stepped down as incoming chair due to other commitments. Richard informed me and the PSG Advisory Board of his decision last month. We respect Richard’s decision and for giving this matter serious thought as the work of PSG continues with everyone’s help.

On to AAS Chicago in March! Please save PSG’s target date March 27 Friday 7:30 pm (venue TBA).


PSG sponsored panel requests for Chicago 2015

The AAS Conference deadline is around the corner—August 7th! Folks sending in individual papers as well as those sending in organized panel proposals should be mindful of the AAS deadline as well as their specific online submission process that can be found on their website

Those who have organized a Philippine-themed panel and wish to be considered for PSG sponsorship, please don’t forget to send a duplicate copy of your proposal (panel abstract + individual paper abstracts) to me as well as to Richard Chu by July 30th Wednesday. Once the PSG has finalized its sponsorship decision, we will communicate this to the AAS Conference Committee directly, but the PSG needs to identify the sponsored panel ahead of the AAS deadline itself.  Last year, we announced PSG sponsorship a week before the AAS deadline and we hope to do so once again this year.

Remember, the PSG sponsorship request is independent of the AAS submission process. Please submit your panel proposals directly to the AAS and send PSG a duplicate by the PSG deadline. If your panel is selected for sponsorship, we will inform you and contact the AAS directly.

As always, PSG endorsement of a selected panel does not guarantee acceptance by the AAS conference committee but is acknowledged as an expression of support from a community of peers.  Since Paul Rodell started this in 2010, we’ve had a 100% rate of success in PSG sponsored panels. As always, we seek panels that have well-focused/rigorous question/topic/issue, demonstrate diversity (a mix of junior & senior scholars, disciplines, institutional affiliations across regions/countries, etc.). Panels organized by graduate students/junior scholars is also a plus.

If you are not able to make the July 30th deadline for PSG, we strongly encourage you to submit directly to the AAS by August 7th. Many Philippine-themed panels that did not go through the sponsorship route have consistently been accepted by the AAS over the years so we encourage direct submissions by all!

See the Conference page on our website for additional information, including how graduate students/junior scholars with accepted papers can apply for PSG Travel Funds


PSG Travel Fund Donations

Support graduate students and other junior scholars in Philippine Studies by contributing to the PSG Travel Fund! Two ways to donate—by check mailed to our treasurer, Megan Thomas, or by credit card via the AAS website. We successfully gave two travel awards of $200 each during the AAS Conference in Philadelphia and with your support, we hope to be able to expand it next year.

Here’s a link to the donation form with additional details:

Here’s a link to the award description for 2015.

Note: Last year’s Travel Fund committee members have agreed to continue to serve—thanks to Lindy Aquino (chair), Nita Churchill & Megan Thomas (newly elected treasurer). Let’s all help our new country chair/Executive Secretary Richard Chu give more money to our deserving junior colleagues in Chicago. Please forward the donation links to friends of Philippine Studies, the PSG, and all who want to see increased participation of younger scholars in the AAS!    


CFP for AAS Chicago 2015 open; Spring AAS Newsletter now electronic form

The call for papers is now open for AAS Chicago 2015. Don’t forget that we have new topics and coordinators for 2015 as well—coordinate with others by viewing this year’s list (also found under the Join tab at the top of the the homepage), emailing the psg-l google group list, or contacting the incoming country chair Richard Chu.

For the benefit of those who are not currently AAS members, Grant Goodman’s obituary appears in the latest AAS Newsletter which now exclusively comes out in electronic form. Norman Owen wrote it on behalf of the PSG, taking up the task of situating Grant’s contributions to Asian Studies in general and Philippine Studies in particular. Relevant pages from the Spring 2014 newsletter may be found here.

Grant K. Goodman 1924-2104

Norman Owen shared news of Grant Goodman’s passing on April 6th, 2014:

“This newspaper obituary does not mention his funding (founding) of the Grant Goodman Prize in Philippine Historical Studies, which has been important in the recognition and development of that field.  Grant was a good man, and a good friend to the Philippines and Filipinos.

In acknowledgement of all that he did for the PSG, and to let people know of his legacy with us, this was posted on the necrology guestbook:

Professor Goodman very generously endowed the Grant Goodman Prize in Historical Studies in 1990. Administered by the Philippine Studies Group (PSG) of the Association for Asian Studies, seven lifetime achievement awards have been given in his name, helping build an immeasurable legacy of excellence in scholarship on the Philippines and the recognition of interdisciplinary historical studies in Asia. He will be fondly remembered as a mentor, scholar and friend.


Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act

Of interest to US-based colleagues—a bipartisan bill signed into law last March 25th allows charitable donations made to 501(c) registered organizations providing Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief given as late as April 15th this year to be applied to 2013 tax returns. See HR 3771 or the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act If you already filed your taxes but want to donate and claim the deduction, the law allows you to revise your filing. In addition, if your employer has a matching donation program, your donation has the potential to be significantly increased/doubled. Worth thinking about during this American tax season, and the coming of the sweltering dry season back in the Philippines.

New officers, expanded travel fund, future conferences

Exciting news—we have a new vice chair and incoming country chair, Richard Chu (U Mass Amherst), a new recording secretary/treasurer for the PSG Travel Fund,  Megan Thomas (UC Santa Cruz)  and  four members of the 12-member advisory board (in alphabetical order): Nita Churchill (re-elected, UP Diliman), Alan Lumba (Harvard U), Paul Rodell (Georgia Southern U) and Stephanie Santos (UCLA). Sunny Vergara has agreed to continue managing our Google email group, and Sue Russell our unofficial Facebook page. In addition, the Southeast Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies approved our funding request to modestly but sustainably help expand the PSG Travel Fund for next year’s conference (AAS Chicago 2015) and to once again strengthen our partnership with ICOPHIL (Dumaguete City 2016). More details will be posted on our website/blog but please join me in thanking our colleagues in for their service and commitment to our organization—-maraming, maraming salamat!