Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints

Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints is an internationally refereed journal that publishes scholarly articles and other materials on the history of the Philippines and its peoples, both in the homeland and overseas. It believes the past is illuminated by historians as well as scholars from other disciplines; at the same time, it prefers ethnographic approaches to the history of the present. It welcomes works that are theoretically informed but not encumbered by jargon. It promotes a comparative and transnational sensibility, and seeks to engage scholars who may not be specialists on the Philippines. Founded in 1953 as Philippine Studies, the journal is published quarterly by the Ateneo de Manila University.

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Call for Papers: Remains of a Dictatorship International Conference


Organized by
Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints
and the
Dean’s Office, School of Social Sciences, Loyola Schools
Ateneo de Manila University
Quezon City, Philippines
3–4 August 2017

The Marcos era (1965–1986) was a tumultuous period in Philippine history. In 1969 Ferdinand Marcos became the first postwar president to be reelected after serving a full term as president (1965–1969), but his historic victory came on the heels of a long, bloody campaign period and a controversial election. Protests intensified during his second and supposedly final term. On 23 September 1972, a year prior to what was meant to be his final year in Malacañang, he announced that he had declared martial law two days earlier. The proclamation plunged the nation in fear and confusion. The regime oversaw the arrests of thousands, the silencing of the press, the closure of both houses of Congress, and the suspension of the ongoing constitutional convention. With martial law legitimated by a decision of the Supreme Court domestically and the support of the United States internationally, the regime entrenched itself. In due course the Marcos state orchestrated the politicization of the military, the corruption of state institutions, the massive distortion of the economy through crony capitalism, and the murder and forced disappearances of hundreds of activists and various oppositors. The Marcos state also propagated its own brand of official nationalism, and it had its supporters. State repression, however, was met with resistance from various fronts, inlcuding the spread and intensification of armed resistance and secessionist movements. The assassination of Benigno Aquino Jr. on 21 August 1983 became a critical conjucture that stoked public outrage, intensified protests, nurtured an alternative press, and shook the country’s social foundations, culminating in the EDSA People Power of 1986 that overthrew Marcos and forced his escape and that of his family to Hawai’i, where Marcos died in 1989.
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Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints is published by the Ateneo de Manila University

ISSN: 2244-1093 (Print)

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