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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

An End to Combat Operations: Imperial Historiography & the War on Terror

Dr. Theo Gonzalves.

How expressive forms of culture inform social relations? In this essay, I focus on cultural works and icons that address the lingering histories of the Philippine-American War — Marlon Fuentes’ 1995 film, “Bontoc Eulogy”; and the 2003 compact disc compilation, “Balangiga Rocks.” One of the contemporary references for this work is to be found in the debates over the “Bells of Balangiga,” war booty captured by U.S. military forces and kept in Cheyenne, Wyoming to commemorate those lost to battle. With the Philippine government asking for their return, a California representative submitted a resolution calling for the return of one of the bells. Such cultural texts index crucial dialogues over the nature of Filipino and Filipino American imagination and memory as they grapple with ongoing contested narratives of what has euphemistically been referred to as the “special relationship.” What are the traces of empire in the present War on Terror?


Dr. Theo Gonzalves  (United States)
Assistant Professor
Department of American Studies School of Humanities
University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Dr. Gonzalves is a scholar, teacher & musician-composer based in Honolulu HI. His research interests include Asia/Asian American histories and cultures.

  • Historiography
  • U.S.-Philippine relations
  • Cultural production

(30 min Conference Paper, English)