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Critical Island Studies Conference

Invitation to a Conference on Critical Island Studies: The Islandic, Archipelagic, and Oceanic

Critical Island Studies: The Islandic, Archipelagic, and Oceanic is the inaugural conference of an inter-institutional consortium that aims to develop critical and comparative island studies of Southeast Asia, in particular, and the Asia-Pacific, in general.

The conference will be from Nov. 27, 2019 to Nov. 29, 2019, at Ateneo de Manila University and University of Santo Tomas.

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About the conference

The conference explores established and emerging issues, theories, methodologies, and practices in critical island studies. Focusing on concepts of the islandic, archipelagic, and oceanic, the conference accounts for the field's interdisciplinary historical formation, while examining its manifold scholarly and creative practices and possibilities within and across Asia. The conference will be of interest to researchers and practitioners in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; topics include, but are not limited to, islandscapes, seascapes, and littorals; borders and contact zones; international, national, imperial, regional, cultural and language formations; and bio- and cultural diversity.

About the resource persons

Confirmed keynote speakers and their topics are:

Elmo Gonzaga (Chinese University of Hong Kong): Be Water as Method in Southeast Asian Critical Humanities: From Cultural Logistics to Protest Aesthetics

Rowena Boquiren (University of the Philippines Baguio [ret.]): Exploring Trajectories in Critical Islands and Mindscapes

Alex Taek-Gwang Lee (Kyung Hee University): Faciality and Masks: Fanon with Deleuze

Confirmed paper presenters and their topics are:

Ivery del Campo (Ateneo de Manila University): The Psychogeography of Boracay Island

Saras Dewi (Universitas Indonesia): Social Ecological Justice in Indonesia Case Study: Benoa Bay Bali

Iping Liang (National Taiwan Normal University): Island Encounters: A Comparison of Global Indigeneities between Taiwan and the Americas

Oscar V. Campomanes (Ateneo de Manila University): The “Strategic Island Concept”:The Historical Precedents of the Philippines and Hongkong

Agus Suwignyo (Universitas Gadjah Mada): Latinization of Scripts in Indonesia and the Philippines

Jinhyoung Lee (Konkuk University): Geopolitical Configuration of “Island” in Colonial Joseon

Lily Yulianti Farid (Makassar International Writers Festival): Stories of Five New Islands

Tatang Iskarna (Universitas Sanata Dharma): Ethno-nationalism of Papuan People as the Result of Marginalization in Papua Island as Represented in Three Papuan Cyber Poems

Paulus Sarwoto (Universitas Sanata Dharma): The Dialectic of Prospero/Caliban: Figuration across Oceanic Islands

Faruk (Universitas Gadjah Mada): What Is in Between Islands in the Stream?: A Reflection on Pramoedya Ananta Toer's Reverse Flow

Christian Jil R. Benitez (Ateneo de Manila University): Toward a Concept of Pulo: A Metonym

Setiadi (Universitas Gadjah Mada): “More People Coming, Life is Harder”: Migration and Marginalisation toward Sumuri’s People in the Island of Papua

Susanne Sitohang (Universitas Kristen Indonesia) and Benedicta Stella Fortunae (Universitas Kristen Indonesia): The Wisdom of Mother Earth Found in Indonesian Folktales in the Perception of Children in Cawang Ceria Community: A Showcase of the Use of Storytelling in Preserving Local Values to Children

Novita Dewi (Universitas Sanata Dharma): Old Men and the Seas: Rethinking Nation and Masculinity in Folktales from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines

Timothy F. Ong (University of the Philippines Diliman): Erotics of Insularity: Binukot Discourse as a Study in Nesology

Wening Udasmoro (Universitas Gadjah Mada): From Conflict Actors to Peacebuilders: Masculinity in Post-Conflict Ambonese Art and Literature

Gutierrez Mangansakan II (Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival): Representations of the Bangsa Moro in Philippine Cinema

Ied Veda R. Sitepu (Universitas Kristen Indonesia) and Mike Wijaya Saragih (Universitas Kristen Indonesia): Fostering the Indonesian Maritime Concepts and Perspectives through Cultural and Literary Studies

Mala Hernawati (Universitas Gadjah Mada) The Sea Is Calling When the Island Is Raging: Ecofeminist Reading of Disney’s Moana

Inseop Shin (Konkuk University): Islands in Korean Movies: About Immobility of Isolation

About the consortium

Institutions in the consortium are Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines Diliman, University of San Carlos, Universitas Kristen Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Sanata Dharma, Universitas Indonesia, and Konkuk University.