Vicente L Rafael

  • Professor

Ph.D. Cornell University, 1984, M.A. Cornell University, 1982, BA, Ateneo de Manila University, 1977

Fields: Philippine, US, SE Asian Histories, Comparative Colonialism and Nationalism, Historiography
Phone: 206-543-5699
Office: SMI 116A | Office Hours: By appointment
Curriculum Vitae:

Trained in Southeast Asian history, European intellectual history and anthropology, my research interests include areas such as language and power, the politics of translation, comparative colonialism and nationalism, the social history of media and mediation, critical theory and anthropology, empire, race and gender. Much of my writing has been on the colonial and post-colonial Philippines and the United States. 



2016. Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language Amid Wars of Translation,  Durham and London: Duke Univ. Press.

2005. The Promise of the Foreign: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation in the Spanish Philippines, Durham: Duke University Press, 2005. (co-published in Metro Manila: Anvil Publishing, Inc.).

2000. White Love and Other Events in Filipino History, Durham: Duke University Press; (co-published in Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press.)

1999. Editor. Figures of Criminality in Indonesia, the Philippines and Colonial Vietnam. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications.

1995. Editor. Discrepant Histories: Translocal Essays in Filipino Cultures. Philadelphia: Temple University Press and Pasig City, Metro Manila: Anvil Publishing, Inc.

1988. Contracting Colonialism: Translation and Christian Conversion in Tagalog Society Under Early Spanish Rule. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 
Paper back edition, Metro Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press.

1993.____________. New Paperback edition. Durham: Duke University Press.

Articles and Essays

 2017. “Telling Times: Nick Joaquin, Storyteller,” Introduction to The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Topical Baroque, stories by Nick Joaquin, New York: Penguin Classics.                                            

 2016a. “Contingency and Comparison: Recalling Benedict Anderson,” in Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, March, v. 64, no.1, 135-44; re-printed in Indonesia 101, April, 2016, 21-29.

 2016b. with Chris Rundle, “The Trans-disciplinarity of Translation History,” in Border Crossings: Translation Studies and Other Disciplines, Edited by Yves Gambier and Luc van Doorslaer, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2016, 23-48.

2016c. “Mutant Tongues: English and the Postcolonial Humanities,” CR (The New Centennial Review), special issue on “Translation and the Global Humanities”, v. 16, no. 1, 2016, 93-114.

2015a. “Revolutionary Contradictions,” Introduction in Milagros C. Guerrero, Luzon At War: Contradictions in Philippines Society, 1899-1902, Manila: Anvil Press, 1-19.

2015b.  “The War of Translation: Colonial Education, American English and Tagalog Slang” The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 74, No. 2 (May) 2015: 1–20.

2015.  “The War of Translation: Colonial Education, American English and Tagalog Slang” The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 74, No. 2 (May) 2015: 1–20.

2014a. “Betraying Empire: Translation and the Ideology of Conquest,” Translation Studies, 2014, 1-12.

2014b. “Photographing Disaster: Typhoon Yolanda,” Social Text, 24 April 2014

2014b.  “Translation, American English and the National Insecurities of Empire,” (Reprint of  2009a), in Alyosha Goldstein, Formations of the American Empire,  Durham: Duke University Press.

2014c. “Becoming Reynaldo Ileto: Language, History and Autobiography,” in Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, vol. 62, no.2, April 2014.

2013. “Contracting Colonialism and the Long 1970s,” Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, Volume 61, Number 4, December 2013, pp. 477-494.

2012. "Targeting Translation: U.S. Counterinsurgency and the Politics of Language," Social Text 113, vol. 30, no. 4, Winter, 55-80.

2012. (with Joshua Barker), "The Event of Otherness: An Interview with James T. Siegel," in Indonesia (Cornell University), no.93, April, 1-19.

2012. "Radiant Hope, Dark Despair," Foreword to Susan and Nathan Gilbert Quimpo, Subversive Lives: A Family Memoir of the Marcos Years, Metro Manila: Anvil Publlishing.

2012. "Translation and the U.S. Empire: Counterinsurgency and the Resistance of Language," The Translator (Manchester University, UK), v.18, no.1, 1-22.

2011. "Awake in America: Poetry and the Ghost of Democracy," in Journal of the American Studies Association of the Philippines, v. 1., no.1, December, 51-66.

2011. "Introduction: War, Race, Nation in Philippine Colonial Transitions," Southeast Asian Studies, v. 49, no.3, (journal of The Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan), 347-356.

2010. "Welcoming What Comes: Sovereignty and Revolution in the Spanish Philippines," Comparative Studies in Society in History, 52(1):157-179.

2009. "Translation, American English and the National Insecurities of Empire," in Social Text, Vol. 27, No. 4. Winter, 1-23.
Reprinted in Translation Today (journal of the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, India), v.7, nos. 1 & 2, 36-68.

2009. "La Vida Despues del Imperio: Soberania y Revolucion en las Filipinas Espanoles," in Maria Dolores Elizalde Perez-Grueso, ed., Reensar Filipinas: Politica, Identidad y Religion en la construccion de la nacion Filipina, Barcelona: Edicions Bellaterra, 181-206.

2009. "The Afterlife of Empire: Sovereignty and Revolution in the Spanish Philippines," in Colonial Crucible: Empire & the Forging of a Modern American State, edited by Alfred McCoy and Francisco Scarano, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

2008. "Translating 'Kalayaan' on the Eve of the Filipino Revolution," in a festschrift for Prof. Soledad Reyes, Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press.

2008. "Reorientations: Notes on the Study of the Philippines in the United States," in Philippine Studies, v.56, n.4, 475-492.

2008. "Foreignness and Vengeance" (reprint of 2003b), in Benita Sampedro and Simon Doubleday, eds., Border Interrogations: Crossing and Questioning Spanish Frontiers from the Middle Ages to the Present, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 120-146.

2008. "Scenes of Translation: Responses to Responses," in Kritika Kultura, no.9, November 2007, 116-127.

2007. "Translation in Wartime," in Public Culture, 19.2, pp.239-246.

2006. "The 'Gift' of Nationalism," in Philippine Studies, v.54, no. 2, pp. 305-11.

2005a. "The Cell Phone and the Crowd" (reprint of 2003b), in Old Media, New Media: A History and Theory Reader, edited by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun and Thomas Keenan, New York: Routledge.

2005b. "The Cell Phone and the Crowd" (reprint of 2003b), in Histories of the Future, edited by Susan Harding and Daniel Rosenberg, Durham: Duke University Press.

2004. "Southeast Asian Studies in the Age of Asian America," in Anthony Reid, editor, Southeast Asian Studies for the Twenty first Century, Tempeh: Arizona State University.

2003a. "Foreignness and Vengeance: On Rizal's El Filibusterismo," in James T. Siegel and Audrey Kahin, editors, Southeast Asia Over Three Generations: Essays Presented to Benedict R. O'G. Anderson, Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, 165-188.

2003b. "The Cell Phone and the Crowd: Messianic Politics in Recent Philippine History," Public Culture, v.15, no.3, Fall, 399-425.

2003c. "The Contingencies of Area Studies in the United States," in Philippine Studies, v.51, no.2, 2003, 309-318.

2003d. "Parricides, Bastards and Counter-Revolutionaries: Reflections on the Philippine Centennial," inJournal of the Institute of Romance Studies, University of London; reprinted in Vestiges of War, Angel Shaw and Luis Francia, eds., New York: NYU Press.

1999a. "Regionalism, Area Studies and the Accidents of Agency," American Historical Review, October, v. 104, n.4, 1208-1220.

1999b. "Translation and Revenge: Castilian and the Origins of Nationalism in the Philippines," in Doris Sommer, ed., The Places of History: Regionalism Revisited in Latin America, Durham: Duke University Press, 214-235.

1998. "Updates: Doubled Histories," in Steve Fagin, editor, Talkin' with Your Mouth Full: Conversations with the Videos of Steve Fagin, Durham: Duke University Press, 247-53.

1997a. with Itty Abraham, "Introduction," special volume on Southeast Asian Diaspora, Sojourn: A Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore), v.12, n.2, October, 1997, 145-52.

1997b. "'Your Grief Is Our Gossip': Overseas Filipinos and Other Spectral Presences," in Public Culture, v.9, no.2, 267-91.

1995a. "Taglish, or the Phantom Power of the Lingua Franca," in Public Culture, Fall, v.8, no.1, 101-126.

1995b. "Colonial Domesticity: White Women and United States Rule in the Philippines," American Literature, December, v.67, n.4, 639-666.

1995c. "Mimetic Subjects: Engendering Race at the Edge of Empire," in differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 7.2, Fall, 127-149.

1994a. "The Cultures of Area Studies in the United States," in Social Text, #41, 91-112.

1994b. "Of Mimicry and Marginality: Comments on Anna Tsing's 'Cultural Borders'", in Cultural Anthropology, v.9, no.3, 298-301.

1993a. "White Love: Surveillance and Nationalist Resistance in the United States Colonization of the Philippines" in The Cultures of United States Imperialism, edited by Amy Kaplan and Donald Pease, Durham: Duke University Press, 185-210.
Revised version in a special issue on "Colonial Ethnographies," History and Anthropology, v.8 parts 1-4, 265-298.

1993b. "Preface to the Paperback Edition," Contracting Colonialism, Durham: Duke University Press, ix-xvi.

1993c. "Comments on Edward Tiryakian's Paper, 'Nationalist Movements in Advanced Societies'", inPerspectives on Nationalism and War, edited by John Comaroff and Paul Stern, New York: Center for Studies of Social Change, 189-192.

1991a. "Anticipating Nationhood: Collaboration and Rumor in the Japanese Occupation of Manila,"Diaspora, v.1, no.1, 67-82.

1991b. "U.S. Bases a Flashpoint in the Struggle to Control the Philippines," (op-ed piece), San Diego Union, September 19.

1990a. "Collaboration and Rumor: The Philippines Under Japanese Occupation," Culture and History 8, Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag, 87-106.

1990b. "Nationalism, Imagery, and the Filipino Intelligentsia of the Nineteenth Century," Critical Inquiry, v.16, n.3, Spring, 591-611.

1990c. "Patronage and Pornography: Ideology and Spectatorship in the Early Marcos Years,"Comparative Studies in Society and History, v.32, n.2, April, 282-304.
Reprinted in Text/Politics in Island Southeast Asia, edited by D.M. Roskies, Athens: Ohio University Press, 1993, 49-81.

1989b. "Revising Colonial History," Philippine Studies, (37), 367-371.

1987. "Confession, Conversion, and Reciprocity in Early Tagalog Colonial Society," Comparative Studies in Society and History, v.29, n.2, April, 320-339.
Reprinted in Colonialism and Cultured, edited by Nicholas Dirks, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992, 65-88.

1986a. "God and Grammar: The Politics of Translation in the Spanish Colonization of the Philippines," in Notebooks in Cultural Analysis, edited by Nathalia King and Norman F. Cantor, Durham: Duke University Press, 97-130.

1986b. "Salvaging the Past Under the Marcos Regime," Pilipinas, Spring, no.6, 67-73.

1986c. "Fishing, Underwear, and Hunchbacks: Humor and Politics in the Philippines, 1886 and 1983,"Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, v.18, n.3, 2-8.
Reprinted in ARCHIPEL, #35 ( Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris), 1988, 195-204.

1984. "Language, Authority and Gender in Rizal's Noli", Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs(RIMA), published by the University of Sydney and the Royal Institute for Linguistics and Anthropology, The Netherlands), v.18, n.9, Winter, 110-140.