The Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals

Ambeth Ocampo氏のランチタイムレクチャー

Speaker: Prof. AMBETH R. OCAMPO

Topic: History, re-presentation and the State: Banknotes and nationhood

November 24th (Wednesday), 2010, 12:00-13:30

Small Meeting Room II (Room no. 331), 3rd floor,
Inamori Foundation Memorial Building

The 2nd "Tonan Talk, a Brown Bag lecture series" on 24th November

You are cordially invited to a lunchtime talk by Dr. AMBETH R. OCAMPO,
API Fellow based in CSEAS. He is Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of History, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University. He was Chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. He has been at CSEAS since October. He will leave Kyoto at the end November. The talk will be a good opportunity to get to know him and his research at CSEAS.

( The talk is free-for-all, and you can bring your lunch bag to the place.)

THRICE colonized and with an archipelagic landscape the Philippines is a young nation constantly in search of self. History is central to this search for identity and the teaching of it in schools is both: INFORMATIVE, as an academic discipline that studies the past; and FORMATIVE when the past is utilized to situate citizens in the context of the nation, its past, present, and future.
Often overlooked in the study of the writing of history are everyday objects like: coins, banknotes, stamps, monuments, official holidays, commemorations, and street names. So common are these that we see but do not notice.
These objects become contested territory when history becomes a handmaid to nation-building and nationalism. Giving banknotes a second look shows us how the state utilizes history to promote citizenship and nationhood.
Banknotes go beyond mere monetary instruments. As an international calling card, they project a sense of nation.

Contact: Satoru Kobayashi (CSEAS)