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).
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 http://www.asian-studies.org/conference/Call-for-Papers.htm
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 email@example.com as well as to Richard Chu firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://blogs.shu.edu/philippinestudies/philippine-panels-at-the-aas/
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 2014.
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!
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.
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. http://blogs.shu.edu/philippinestudies/past-awardees/
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 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3771. 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.
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!
Update on March 3rd: Congratulations to Justin Jackson (Columbia University) and Stephanie Santos (UCLA) who are this year’s recipients of PSG Travel Awards for the 2014 AAS Conference in Philadelphia. Justin Jackson will present his paper entitled “The U.S. Army and the Racial Management of Chinese and Filipino Labor in the Spanish and Philippine-American Wars.” He also organized the session New Perspectives on the Chinese in the Modern Colonial Philippines. Stephanie Santos will present her paper “‘We Were Not Poor; We Were Made Poor': Development and Dispossession in Metro Manila” as part of an inter-area border-crossing-diaspora panel Space, Property, & Privilege in South and Southeast Asia.
Junior scholars or graduate students presenting on their research concerning the Philippines at the AAS in Philadelphia can apply for a PSG Travel Award to assist in conference travel. See the announcement and contact the country chair or any member of the PSG Travel Fund Committee by February 22, 2013.
As previously announced, we are set to meet Friday March 28th 7:30-9:30 pm Philadelphia Marriot in Room 410. I’ve already asked current advisory board members to send agenda items ahead of time but also welcome additional items (old and new business) from all, especially from those who expect to be present at the meeting.
A list of 2014 updated papers and panels has been sent out to the PSG email list members (as of 1 March 2014). If you’re going to Philadelphia, please support all our colleagues by attending their sessions. If you’re not attending this year, please support them by sending paper/panel info to others both within and outside Philippine-, Southeast Asian- and discipline-specific circles.
We are thrilled to especially note two panels: Rethinking Philippine Studies through Histories of Money and Finance: New Perspectives on Colonialism, Nationalism, and Democracy (details) (Sponsored by the PSG) and organized by Allan Lumba—it will take place very early 8:30 am, March 29th. In addition, we’re very happy to note the panel New Perspectives on the Chinese in the Modern Colonial Philippines (details) organized by Justin Jackson—they will present the day before at 3:15 pm. The wonderful mix of scholars in these two panels—both graduate students, mid-career faculty/researchers and established colleagues and coming from universities and research institutions from a vast geographical spread—is especially heartening!
The list sent out was developed using very general search terms, it is not likely to be an exhaustive list. To generate a more specific list using your own search terms, feel free to use the AAS Conference search feature http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/aas/aas14/. (Note: anyone can search but only registered conference attendees can save their results so be warned!)
Finally, a heads up to all of us—next year’s AAS will be in Chicago. Planning a year ahead of time is not such a bad idea. Graduate students listed in the directory will soon receive copies of the most current list; other colleagues who wish to reach out to graduate students both within and outside North America, please contact email@example.com for more information.
Those of us who have friends or family members missing or still facing great risk, and are able to assist them in more direct means, we wish you continued strength and resilience.
Those of us who wish to donate to various efforts to address the needs of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan victims, below are a list of organizations based in the Philippines that our members have donated to or worked with in the past, and who are currently set up to accept donations directly. The list will be updated as more information becomes available.
At this point in time, financial donations are most needed. List includes NGOs and GOs, who have on-the-ground presence in the affected areas in the typhoon corridor.
Of interest/shared by members: Lynn Milgram notes that the Canadian government has promised to match donations made to a Canadian registered charity so if this applies to you, consider donating to the Canadian Red Cross. If you are looking for fundraisers in your community or want to share info on initiatives, see this crowd-sourced link on Rappler recommended by Asia Foundation. If you want to a more fine-grained view of volunteer efforts on the ground including drop-off points, geotagged calls/pledges, etc. see updates in ReliefPH. Read Richard Chu’s Op Ed piece about the typhoon and it’s historical and political implications in George Mason U’s History News Network. Maria Mangahas shared that the University of the Philippines Tacloban Campus has successfully accounted for all their faculty, students and staff.