“Empire is in the Heart” is a free one-day conference on the life and works of Carlos Bulosan. The conference seeks to encourage different ways of reckoning with the legacies of Bulosan both in the U.S. and in the Philippines. It also seeks to address the relationship between his artistic and political approaches and his place in understanding the braided histories of labor migration, racial formation, Filipino diasporic imagination, and imperial expansion.
The conference takes place Friday, November 14 at the University of Washington HUB, Room 145, and will be followed by a reception marking the opening of a new exhibit opening in the UW Libraries titled, Author, Poet and Worker: The World of Carlos Bulosan. The reception will be hosted by the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific and feature several speakers addressing the relevance of Bulosan to activism today.
9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Doors open. Coffee and pastries.
9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Introduction by Vicente Rafael, University of Washington.
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Panel I: Bulosan in and for the World—Transnational Radicalism and Local Politics. Panelists include Moon Ho-Jung, Rick Baldoz, Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, and Andrew Hedden.
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch break.
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Panel II: Fictive Knots—Bulosan on Revolution and Race. Panelists include Marilyn C. Alquizola, Vince Schleitwiler, and Francisco Benitez.
3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Coffee Break.
3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Panel III: Bulosan’s Legacy—The Rights of Labor. Panelists include Michael McCann, George Lovell, Valerie Francisco, and Francisco Benitez.
5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closing remarks and further discussions featuring Peter Bacho.
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Following the conference will be an opening reception for the Labor Archives of Washington special exhibit, Author, Poet, and Worker: The World of Carlos Bulosan. The reception will feature speakers connecting Bulosan’s legacy to the activism of today. Sponsored by the Inlandboatmen’s Union, Region 37.
For more information, visit https://depts.washington.edu/history/events/empire-heart-conference-carlos-bulosan.
The following organizations supported this event: Carlos Bulosan Centennial Committee, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, the Labor Archives of Washington, Inlandboatmen’s Union, Region 37, the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Departments of English, History, Political Science, the Jackson School of International Studies, the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, and the Southeast Asian Studies Center at the University of Washington, and Prof. Lane Hirabayahsi, UCLA, Asian American Studies Department.