Translation and Memory: Hispanofilipino Literature and the Archive in the US Midwest

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Friday, March 12, 2021 from 2:00pm - 5:30pm



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Event typeWorkshop/Seminar
SeriesTranslation and Memory: Hispanofilipino Literature and the Archive in the US Midwest

Although Filipino migration has historically converged in other places across the US, it is in the Midwest, particularly at the University of Michigan, where some of the most extensive archival sources on this Southeast Asian nation can be found. These sources are generally used to examine US imperialism in Asia-Pacific, often glossing over the fact that the American period in the Philippines also led to the flourishing of Filipino literature in Spanish as a nationalist response. In this second installment of Mellon-funded Sawyer Seminars, we analyze the archive as a site of translation and historical memory as a multilingual construct, focusing specifically on Hispanofilipino texts in the libraries of the University of Michigan and the broader Midwest. Please register above.

9:00-9:10 am
Marlon James Sales, U-M Comparative Literature
Welcome remarks and introduction to Session 1

9:10-9:30 am
Ricky Punzalan, U-M School of Information
‘There was weakness somewhere in the chain’: US colonial policies and the (re)formulation of Philippine Spanish archives

9:30-9:50 am
Deirdre de la Cruz, U-M Asian Languages and Cultures
Some thoughts on using Hispanofilipino sources for teaching about US Empire: lessons from the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library

9:50-10:10 am
Christina Lee, Princeton University
Why miracle investigations help us understand the Philippine experience of early Spanish rule

10:10-10:35 am
Open Forum

10:35-10:40 am
Marlon James Sales, U-M Comparative Literature
Introduction to Session 2

10:40-11:00 am
Ana Rodríguez-Rodríguez, University of Iowa
Researching Islam in the Spanish Philippines from the Iowa Plains: goals and challenges

11:00-11:20 am
Adam Lifshey, Georgetown University
Unsourced translations of the Philippine/Taiwanese transarchipelago

11:20-11:40 am
Miguel Martínez, University of Chicago
Alzina in the Midwest: the failed Chicago translation of Historia de las islas e indios bisayas

11:40 AM-12:00 am
Jody Blanco, University of California, San Diego
Lost in the original: untranslated texts of translated contexts

12:00-12:30 am
Open Forum


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