Seattle 2016: News on sponsored panel & travel award

Congratulations to Aries Arugay (U Philippines-Diliman) and Sharon Quinsaat (U Pittsburg), organizers of the PSG-sponsored panel “30 Years of People Power: Mobilization during Crises and Change in Philippine Democracy,” and accepted at AAS 2016! Additional papers from Marco Garrido (U Chicago), and Celso Villegas (Kenyon College) are rounded out by discussant Vincent Boudreau (City U New York). The papers will provide fresh perspectives on EDSA and “People Power” mobilizations as we mark the 30th anniversary of that watershed event. Congratulations, too, to other colleagues with accepted papers and panels! We’d love to hear from you so we can spread the word to colleagues attending the conference.

We will open applications for the 2016 PSG Travel Awards sometime in February 2016. New this cycle: Any graduate student with an accepted paper at the AAS 2016 in Seattle or the AAS-in-Asia 2016 in Kyoto presenting on Philippine topics, issues, and themes can apply. The amounts vary per year but we seek to match the AAS Graduate Student Stipend which in 2015 was $280. You have to present your paper in person to receive the award but unlike the AAS stipend, ours does not limit geographical location. To view last year’s call for applications, see PSG TRAVEL AWARD 2015 To view last year’s awardees, click here. We hope every graduate student who applies for the PSG Travel Award also takes advantage of the AAS graduate student stipend; we have no control over the AAS stipend but are happy to spread the word to double the impact!

-Cheree Quizon & Megan Thomas

Megan Thomas elected PSG Chair 2016-2019

Message from Nominations Committee 20 October 2015: By an overwhelming vote Megan Thomas of the Department of Politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz has been affirmed as the next Executive Secretary of the Philippine Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies.

During the March 27 PSG meeting in Chicago, nominations were opened to solicit a successor to Cherubim Quizon who has graciously continued in an acting capacity beyond her three year term. At that point, Professor Thomas, currently the PSG’s treasurer, expressed her willingness, but had some immediate conflicts that kept her from putting her name forward.

With no other nominee, the assembled PSG membership confirmed the membership of a committee of two (Barbara Gaerlan and me) to serve as a chair search committee to solicit nominations from individuals not present for the Chicago meeting. To move the process along, the Chicago attendees agreed to hold an electronic balloting once a suitable candidate or candidates could be identified.

Fortunately, Professor Thomas’ situation clarified and she contacted Professor Quizon to say she could now put her name forward.

On September 30, the Chicago PSG meeting attendees were sent an electronic ballot. The deadline for responses was Friday October 16. Of the 27 attendees 20 voted in favor of Megan taking over the PGS reins, some were enthusiastic in her support. Of the remaining attendees there was one abstention and six did not respond.

Professor Thomas will formally take office in September and in the meantime she and Professor Quizon will form a transition team.

Barbara Gaerlan and I wish Professor Thomas all success during her leadership of the PSG and we thank all ballot respondents for participating. Most especially we wish to send a special thanks to Cheree Quizon for her selfless service to the Philippine Studies Group.

Paul A. Rodell & Barbara Gaerlan, Nominations Committee 2015

AAS-in-Asia and ICOPHIL 2016

Deadlines for proposals for two 2016 conferences are coming up: the AAS-in-Asia (Kyoto, June 24-27) and 10th ICOPHIL (Dumaguete City, July 6-8). With only a week apart, consider attending both next summer!

Panel proposals for AAS-in-Asia are due Oct 30th. No individual papers, only panels, are accepted but the organizers have indicated that proposals on Philippine topics, issues and themes are strongly encouraged. In addition, AAS offers funding to presenters from North America as well as Asia. Additional info may be found on their website.

In the meantime, papers and panel proposals for the 10th ICOPHIL are due on November 30th; a full color flyer with topics of interest and registration details may be found here: ICOPHIL-2016.

PSG sponsored panel requests for AAS 2016 in Seattle

The AAS Conference deadline is around the corner—August 6th! 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 Bernardita Churchill by Aug 3rd Monday. 

As always, the PSG sponsorship request is independent of the AAS submission process; 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 PSG 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 unable to seek sponsorship, we strongly encourage you to submit directly to the AAS by August 6th. 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


Pilipinas Journal archive now open access

The Philippine Studies Group (PSG) of the Association for Asian Studies partnered with Hathi Trust, Google Books and the University of Michigan to offer full access to the Pilipinas Journal archive. First published by PSG’s precursor, the Philippine Study Committee in 1980 as Filipinas under the editorship of Charles O. Houston, it subsequently appeared as Pilipinas: A Journal of Philippine Studies, under the editorship of Lawrence A. Reid. This peer-reviewed, semi-annual interdisciplinary journal provided a unique and valuable forum for the dissemination of scholarly work on the Philippines by academics not only in the United States/North America and the Philippines/SE Asia but also Europe, Australia/the Pacific, and other world regions. In 2003, PSG partnered with their Australian counterpart, the Philippine Studies Association of Australia (PSAA), who continued the editorial management and production of the journal (Print and CD-ROM) under managing editor Paul Mathews; the last issue in this format was dated March 2006. Returned to the PSG in the US in 2009, this storied publication in its current format was terminated April 2011. The PSG’s longstanding vision of putting all back issues online and free for all to use came to fruition with this partnership with the Hathi Trust. The open access model supports the principle of responsible sharing of knowledge and information for all, the promotion of fair use as well as the adherence to ideals and best practices of fair attribution. Links to individual issues may be found here or by searching the journal title via Google Books. Pilipinas Journal is governed by a Creative Commons license 4.0.

Tiongson awarded 2015 Goodman Prize in Historical Studies

On March 27th, 2015 The PSG awarded the Grant Goodman Prize in Historical Studies to Nicanor G. Tiongson. The award committee chaired by Paul Rodell (Georgia Southern U) with members Vina Lanzona (U Hawaii Manoa), Resil Mojares (U San Carlos and former awardee) and Norman Owen (U Hong Kong) recognizes the significance of Dr. Tiongson’s career as a scholar and writer in Philippine historical and critical studies focusing on the field of popular culture.  This lifetime achievement award comes with a $2000 prize and is awarded every two years, and is selected by a committee of peers. To read the award citation authored by Prof. Mojares as well as Prof. Tiongson’s response shared during the awarding ceremony in Chicago, visit the Goodman Prize page. The award announcement also appears in the May 2015 issue of the Asian Studies Newsletter. With an additional gift this past year from the estate of the late Grant Goodman, the PSG hopes to continue this tradition of honoring our esteemed colleagues such as Prof. Tiongson and those who came before him who have brought so much to the field of Philippine historical studies. Once again, many congratulations to Prof. Tiongson!

Call for nominations: PSG country chair/Exec Secretary

Advisory Board members Paul Rodell & Barbara Gaerlan have graciously stepped up to form a nominations committee; they are accepting nominations including self-nominations, for the position of the Association for Asian Studies-Philippine Studies Group  (AAS-PSG) Country Chair/Executive Secretary.  As you know, Richard Chu resigned as incoming chair last Fall and outgoing chair Cheree Quizon has continued in a temporary capacity until a new election is held at our Chicago meeting.

Duties and responsibilities. The PSG is an official country committee of the Southeast Asia Council (SEAC), one of the regional councils making up the AAS as a whole. Since we have no by-laws, the duties have varied a little bit over the years but in the immediate past, the chair holds a three year term with the following yearly duties:

  1. Represent the PSG at the annual SEAC meeting held on the first day of the annual conference; this is where all the country chairs report and meet with the SEAC board members, and also when we can request funds and get key info to disseminate to individual members;
  2. Reserve the PSG meeting room in advance of the conference;
  3. Coordinate with any standing committees such as the PSG Travel Award committee, as well as our volunteer communications head/email group administrator;
  4. Coordinate with/disseminate info from panel organizers for future AAS conferences; and of course,
  5. Prepare the agenda and run the annual meeting.

Every two years, the chair/exec secretary also appoints members of the Goodman Prize selection committee and coordinates with them when an award is to be made.

Past duties included dealing with the issue of the Pilipinas Journal, but that matter has been settled via a series of membership votes and public notices that have put an orderly closure to PSG’s legal and financial obligations.

This current website/blog is also temporary and content will be moved over to any site that the future chair wishes use. The option also exists to keep this up and running, if desired, since it is hosted for free by Seton Hall University and can be used by non-university personnel.

Past chairs including Paul Rodell, Sunny Vergara and Sue Russell might have other items to add to this. The experience has been extremely positive, with past chairs, board members and many other colleagues stepping up to help with the transition into the job. This collegiality will undoubtedly continue as one term ends and another begins, as we all look to a smooth transition to new leadership.

Please spread the word, encourage a colleague to come forward, and contact Paul ( and/or Barbara ( to nominate, self-nominate, or to share any comments, questions or concerns.

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.