CAS Hosts Lecture on Bangsamoro

The College of Arts and Sciences through the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Manila Studies Program hosted a lecture on "Inhabiting Everyday through the Bangsamoro Imaginary: Insights from an Ethnography of Maguindanaons in the Cotabato Region" by Prof. Rosa A. Castillo at UP Manila Theater on March 5, 2018. Prof Castillo is a teaching and research staff at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin's Department for Southeast Asian Studies. She has taught courses in anthropology at both UP Diliman and Manila campuses from 2005 to 2011. The following is an abstract of Prof Castllo’s lecture:


The term ‘Bangsamoro’ has gained prominence and traction and entered wider Filipino public discourse in the past few years, particularly since the 2012 signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro. The recent rise of Bangsamoro in public consciousness, notwithstanding its centrality to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front’s struggles since these organizations were conceived, means that the imaginary of the Bangsamoro as it is currently lived, appropriated, and negotiated by Moros in their everyday lives remain largely unexamined in scholarly texts. In this talk, which is based on a chapter in my dissertation Being and Becoming: Imagination, Memory, and Violence in the Southern Philippines, I unpack the imaginary of the Bangsamoro, including its temporal dimension, as it pertains to the everyday lives of my Maguindanaon interlocutors in the Cotabato region who participate and have a stake in the MILF’s struggle for the right to self-determination.

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