Friday Forum Fall Semester 2008 - 09

September 5, 2008 - Alfred McCoy (J.R.W. Smail Professor of History, UW-Madison)
Imperial Mimesis: Colonial Conquest of the Philippines & Rise of the US National Security State
From the first hours of the US occupation in August 1898, the Philippines served as the site of a protracted social experiment in the use of police as an instrument of state power. Indeed, America's ad hoc innovation with colonial policing was mutually transformative, central in both the transformation of the Philippine polity and the formation of an American internal security apparatus, creating supple private-public covert nexus central to US political life for much of the twentieth century.

September 12, 2008 - Andy Hicken (Ph.D. Candidate, Ethnomusicology, UW-Madison)
Toraja people do not have a word for love: Popular song, emotion, and economic development in Sulawesi, Indonesia
This paper discusses the recent emergence of romantic love songs in the popular music of Toraja, a region in Eastern Indonesia in which I did long term fieldwork. Some Toraja people, I argue, compose and listen to romantic love songs in part because the songs idealize love-marriage, critiquing traditional arranged marriage and, by implication, the economic obligations of children in the exchange-based local economy.

September 19, 2008 - Andrea Molnar (Anthropology, Northern Illinois University)
Pattani Malay Muslim Women's Political Engagement in Southern Thailand
The presentation looks at the contexts in which women do engage politically and factors influencing such engagement. I will also highlight some of the key actors and the way the young generation of women are conceptualizing politics.

September 25, 2008 - Paul Kramer (Professor of History, University of Iowa)
Film Showing: The Real Glory
This film is the subject of the September 26 Friday Forum talk.
NOTE LOCATION - 7:00PM, Room 1101 Humanities

September 26, 2008 - Paul Kramer (Professor of History, University of Iowa)
An Enemy You can Rely On: Islam, Hollywood and Philippine-American History
This talk will explore the discursive and material production of The Real Glory (1939), the one feature-length narrative film (starring Gary Cooper) produced by Hollywood dealing with the history of Philippine-American colonialism in the early 20th century. Through a careful reading of the film itself, the novella upon which it was based and extensive archival sources relating to the film's production, the lecture will explore race-making and the production of imperial cultures in Philippine-American history, with an emphasis on the representation of U. S. empire, on the one hand, and Christian/Muslim interactions, on the other.

October 3, 2008 - Eunsook Jung (Political Science, UW-Madison)
Taking Care of the Faithful: The Relationships between Muslim Societal Organizations and Political Parties in Indonesia
My paper seeks to explain the political participation of mainstream and moderate Muslims in Indonesia by examining why and how the relationships between mass-based Muslim organizations and Muslim political parties have changed in newly democratized Indonesia.

October 10, 2008 - Thongchai Winichakul (Department of History, UW-Madison)
Between the Bad and the Worse: The Pathology of Anti-Democracy in Thailand
Thai democracy is at the crossroads (again). Will it survive down the road or make a wrong turn and die? Let us take a look at the causes of the current political crisis in the country and its future implications.
NOTE LOCATION - 8417 Social Science (8th floor)

October 17, 2008 - H. Leedom Lefferts (Professor Emeritus, Drew University)
Becoming Active in a Theravada Buddhist Narrative: The Vessantara Painted Scrolls of Northeast Thailand and Lowland Laos
Scholars have paid little attention to the elements of material culture used by the people of Northeast Thailand and Lowland Laos to insert themselves into the annual retelling of the story of Prince Vessantara. A focus on material culture, especially the 30-40 meter long painted scrolls carried from forest into neighborhood and temple, highlights the assumption by participants of narrative voice, moral action, communal merit-making, and the relationship of individual to state.

October 24, 2008 - Tanet Charoenmuang (Political Science, Chiang Mai University)
Thailand's Political Mess Since September 19, 2006, and Its Impacts in the North
The talk will look at 1) the effects of the coup and its government in the North and among the Northerners who are among the strong supporteres of Thaksin; 2) political attitudes and behaviors of the northerners, esp. on
the election of Dec 23, 2007; and 3) the reaction in the North to the anti-Thaksin movement which is currently against the elected government.

October 31, 2008 - Cleo Calimbahin (Dissertator, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison)
Retarding or Promoting Democracy: The Commission on Elections in the Philippines
The Philippines serves as an excellent case to examine and understand the long-term nature of democratization. Despite more than fifty years of experience with election administration, the Commission on Elections has shown itself to be an imperfect democratic institution having gone through periods of institutional reform and deformation.

November 7, 2008 - Tyrell Haberkorn (Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Colgate University)
When Occupational Training is Compulsory: Identifying Violence in Southern Thailand
In July 2007, nearly 400 citizens were arrested as suspected "terrorists" involved in Islamic insurgency in the three southern-most provinces of Thailand. Denied knowledge of the evidence mobilized against them, they were given the option of being formally charged under the criminal code or undergoing a four-month "occupational training" course. This paper examines the genealogy of compulsory "occupational training" in Thailand, interrogates the lack of legal basis for this practice, and considers it as part of the spectrum of violence perpetrated by state actors in southern Thailand.

November 14, 2008 - Nela Florendo (Department of History and Philosophy, University of Philippines- Baguio)
History and Nation-Building in Southeast Asia: The Social Purpose of Historical Narratives After 1945
The lecture is a presentation of the historiographic upheaval that took place after Southeast Asian nations gained their political independence. Aside from the the economic rehabilitation that was urgent at that time, the Southeast Asian nations found it an imperative to re-write their histories. There are discernible patterns of memory-making that were undertaken by Southeast Asian countries, but there are also unique contexts that defined some divergences.

November 21, 2008 - Florentino Rodao (History of Social Communication, Faculty of Journalism, Universidad de Madrid Complutense; Visiting Professor, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard)
For God and Franco: The Fascist Movement in the Philippines During the Spanish Civil War
In the Philippines, the branch of the pro-fascist Falange Party became the first institution of the Spanish community independent to the most wealthy families of the Islands. And in spite of following their leadership in pro-Francoist activities, Falangistas focused instead into anti-oligarch policies, appropriating the fascist discourse into their own ambitions.

December 5, 2008 - Sudarat Musikawong (Media Studies, Willamette University)
Gendered Casualties: Memoirs in Activism and the Problem of Representing Violence, Thailand 1973-2006
"Gendered Casualties" examines the connections between 1970s feminist activism and sexualized violence against women during the October 6, 1976 massacre as a trauma that refuses to be forgotten, but cannot be articulated. Women involved in the social movements during the 1970s were disciplined first by the operations of nationalism employed by the national security state and were later marginalized by leftist fractured memories about the 1970s.