Mactan500 Virtual Conference - April 23-24, 2021

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April 23, 2021 to April 24, 2021
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian American History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies

On April 27, 1521, forces led by the chieftain Lapulapu fatally wounded the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan on the island of Mactan, near present-day Cebu City, Philippines. This event marks the beginning of the European colonization of the Philippines as well as the beginning of a proud tradition of Filipino resistance. 

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Mactan, the NYU Global Philippine Studies Forum, the Bulosan Center for Filipinx Studies, and Alon: A Journal for Filipinx American and Diasporic Studies will convene the Mactan500 Virtual Conference on April 23 and 24, 2021.

Sponsored by Sulo: the Philippine Studies Initiative at NYU, NYU Portuguese and Spanish Students Association, and the NYU Department of History. 

Full conference schedule, participant bios, paper abstracts, and RSVP links available at 

Featuring a Keynote Panel on "500 Years of Navigation and (Anti)Conquest" on April 23 at 5 PM EST

Keynote Panel Presentations By: 

Dr. John D. Blanco, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, UCSD, “A God Is Weeping: Reinterpreting the Conquest”

Dr. Oona Paredes, Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA, “Death on the Beach: ‘Decolonizing’ Mactan’s Pericolonial Moment”

Dr. Vicente Rafael, Professor of History, University of Washington, “Duterte’s Phallus: On the Aesthetics of Authoritarian Vulgarity”

Moderator: Dr. Theo Gonzalves, Curator, Smithsonian Museum of American History

*The keynote panel will be publicly live-streamed on the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center’s Facebook pageRSVP on Eventbrite for more information and updates on the Mactan500 Virtual Conference.*

Full Conference Schedule:

Friday, April 23
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST
Panel 1: “Colonial Knowledge Production and the Politics of Memory” 
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– Raymond Gandara, CSU Fullerton, “Imperial Roads, “Imperial Pastoral,” and Imperial Memory in the U.S.-Occupied Philippines”
– Ian Harvey A. Claros, Ateneo de Manila University, “Dumdum, Tigaman, and Andoy: The Concept of Memory in Visayan Language and Culture”
– Sarah Day Dayon, University of Michigan, “Black and Filipino Intellectual Thought and Anti-Colonial Education: A Comparative Analysis of Carter G. Woodson and Renato Constantino’s “Miseducations”
Moderator: Emilie S. Tumale, NYU

1:oo PM – 2:30 PM EST
Panel 2: “Decolonization and Trans/Oceanic Approaches”

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– Kale B. Fajardo, University of Minnesota, “Native Seamen, Bangkas (Boats), Seafaring, and Turtles: Decolonizing The First Circumnavigation and Surviving the Current Climate Emergency”
– Brenda Rodriguez Alegre, University of Hong Kong, “From Asog to Bakla to Transpinay: Weaving a Complex History of Transness and Decolonizing the Future”
Moderator: Joseph Ruanto Ramirez, Claremont Graduate University

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Keynote Panel: “Reflections on 500 Years of Navigation and (Anti) Conquest”

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Public Livestream of Keynote Panel presented by NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
Dr. John D. Blanco, University of California at San Diego
Dr. Oona Paredes, University of California at Los Angeles
Dr. Vicente Rafael, University of Washington
Moderator: Dr. Theo Gonzalves, Smithsonian Museum of American History

Saturday, April 24
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST
Panel 3: “Cultural Production and Colonial Legacies”
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– Isidora Miranda, Vanderbilt University, “Race, Religion, and the Politics of Representation in the Tagalog Zarzuela Minda Mora (1904)”
– Jose Santos P. Ardivilla, UP Diliman College of Fine Arts, “Tropical Baroque and the Two Christophers”
– Danim Majerano and Marely P. Fos, Kapitolyo High School, “Statue of the Sentinel of Freedom from Mactan: A Visual Politics”
Moderator: Erica Feild, NYU

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST
Panel 4: “Deconstructing Filipinx American Identities”

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– Karin Louise Hermes, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, “Deconstructing Diasporic Nationalisms to “the Philippines” for Anarchipelagic Futures”
– Marc Johnston Guerrero and Lisa Combs, Ohio State University, “At Home or On Tour? Mixed Filipina/o American Reflections on Culture and Identity ”
Moderator: Michael Menor Salgarolo, NYU