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PhilS4 Webinar | Electoral Dystopias: From Colonial Democracy to Authoritarian Rule in the Philippines
Join Professor Vicente L. Rafael as he methodically analyses the historical use of antidemocratic means to bolster electoral democracy in the Philippines, and exposes some of the darkest coercive practices at the heart of Duterte's presidency.

Against the backdrop of the final days of the Duterte presidency and the recent election of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. in the Philippines, this talk will examine the colonial roots of elections in the organization of native collaboration and counterinsurgency under Spain and the US. The introduction of democratic practices tended to produce undemocratic social relations in the making of Philippine modernity. It argues that elections in the Philippines–and perhaps elsewhere–faces two ways: in the stimulation of democratic impulses and ambitions among a people seeking social change, but also in the foreclosure and containment of such tendencies. Drawing on the author's recent book 'The Sovereign Trickster: Death and Laughter in the Age of Duterte' (Duke University Press, 2022), the talk will conclude with a look at contemporary practices today and the results of the 2022 presidential elections.

About the PhilS4 Series:
Sponsored by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC), the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman, Humboldt University of Berlin, and SOAS University of London, this virtual seminar series brings together social science experts from across the globe to discuss pressing issues facing the Philippines. In addition to providing in-depth scholarly analysis of social issues in the Philippines, this series will foster new opportunities for networking between those working in the Philippines and around the world.

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Jun 17, 2022 10:00 AM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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