A Lecture by Damon L. Woods, Visiting Professor, UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
Spanish documents of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries point to static political organization in the Philippines that predated the Spanish presence there. Documents in the indigenous language Tagalog point in a different direction—to a fluid, evolving reality represented by the word bayan. The fluidity of bayan allowed it to define the transformations that took place—from wilderness to nation. While forces have sought over the past four centuries to concretize political realities, bayan has remained the locus for representation and meaning for Filipinos.
This paper is a part of the project organized by Kamulatan, a Philippine Studies Collective.
Damon L. Woods received his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian history from UCLA. He has been a lecturer at UCLA, UCI, and CSULB. His research is tied to Tagalog documents from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
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Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies