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Dr Rommel Curaming

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences rommel.curaming@ubd.edu.bn


ABOUT ME

Dr. Rommel Curaming is Assistant Professor and Programme Leader of History and International Studies Programme, University of Brunei Darussalam. He is also the Coordinator of the Southeast Asian Studies Programme. He obtained a PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from the Australian National University (ANU). He also did masteral studies at the National University of Singapore and University of the Philippines (Diliman). Before joining University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD), he was a postdoctoral fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and La Trobe University. He has published articles and book reviews in international journals such as Critical Asian Studies, Time and Society, Sojourn, Philippine Studies, South East Asia Research, Southeast Asian Studies, Suvannabhumi, among other journals. His research interests include history and memory of political violence, comparative history and historiography, history and popular culture, politics of knowledge production and consumption, heritage-making, place-making, Filipino Malayness, state-scholar relations, pol-ethics of scholarship, postcolonial theory and decoloniliality movement. The empirical areas of his research are mainly Islands Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and the Philippines.

EDUCATION

PhD in Southeast Asian Studies Australian National University (ANU),
MA in Southeast Asian Studies National University of Singapore (NUS)
MA in Asian Studies University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman
Bachelor of Sec. Education University of the Philippines (UP)- Diliman Philippines

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Comparative history and historiography of Islands Southeast Asia, History and memory of political violence in Indonesia and the Philippines, Heritage-making in the Philippines, State-scholar relations in Indonesia and the Philippines, Postcolonialism, poststructuralism and decoloniality movement, Politics of knowledge production and consumption in Southeast Asia

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FUTURE PROJECTS

Fast Food as a Transnational Space: Filipino Transnationalism and Jollibee in Brunei Darussalam

A phenomenal business success story, Jollibee has become an iconic ‘Filipino’ brand and one of Asia’s most admired companies. It has stood out for beating McDonald’s in its own game in the Philippines, as well as in Brunei where Jollibee is the most dominant fast food chain. One of the unintended offshoots of Jollibee’s success was that it has become a marker or vector of (trans)national identity and pride among overseas Filipinos in countries where they have established branches. Reports had it of very long lines of expectant customers greeting the opening of branches, say, in Queens in New York in 2009, Hawaii in 2010, Houston in 2013, Singapore in 2013 and Chicago and Winnipeg in 2016. It puzzles many observers. In Brunei, there is no frenetic reactions to Jollibee, but nevertheless Filipinos in Brunei appear to be silently proud of its Philippine origin. Long domesticated as part of the social landscape, Jollibee has long been accepted by locals and it enhances or validates even more the sense of pride Filipinos feel towards Jollibee. Along with the churches, Philippine embassy, TFC (The Filipino Channel) and Filipino gatherings at home, restaurants, and parks, Jollibee is among the key symbols and places where Filipino trans-local or transnational identities are affirmed or reinforced, and passed on to the younger generations. Using data from interviews, focus group discussions, photo/video elicitation and participant observation, this paper seeks to examine the ways and the extent to which Jollibee plays a role in the transnational identity formation among adult Filipinos in Brunei as well as their children. It also aims to explore possible explanations for the apparently striking difference between the intensity of Filipino responses to Jollibee in Brunei compared with those in places like Singapore and the United States.

Application invited for:

Joseph Ralston Hayden as Exemplar of Power-Knowledge?”

This research project seeks to examine the interplay between the ‘political’ life and academic persona of Joseph Ralston Hayden to determine whether or not, in what ways if if did, and to what extent it exemplified the complex relationship between knowledge and power. Being a highly regarded expert of the Philippine affairs, an accomplished Professor of Political Science at University of Michigan, the Vice Governor of the Philippines in the 1930s and an adviser to Douglas MacArthur during the Second World War, Joseph Ralston Hayden seemed to personify the organic ties between knowledge and power, between expertise and political interests. He seemed to represent many scholars, like those identified by Robin Winks in his book Cloak and Gown (1987), who have worked for or with the powers-that-be, such as the Office of Secret Service (OSS) or the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). By teasing out the details of how Hayden’s scholarly and political roles interacted and reinforced each other, and at times generated friction or conflict, I hope to contribute to efforts to understand how and why the scholarly and the political can hardly be separated, but at the same time the appearance of their oppositional ties needs to be sustained.

Application invited for:


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Curaming, R. (2017) “From Bitter Memories to Heritage-Making? Jabidah massacre and the Mindanao Garden of Peace, Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 32 (1), 78-106” (Scopus-indexed) Link Link to Journal

Curaming, R. A. (2016) “Postcolonial Studies and Pantayong Pananaw in Philippine Historiography: A Critical Engagement”, Kritika Kultura, 27, pp. 63-91. (Scopus and ISI/WoS-indexed journal) Link to PDF

Curaming, R. A (2016) “On the Viability of Indigenous Methodologies: Implications for Southeast Asian Studies”, Suvannabhumi: Multidisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 55-76. Link to PDF

Curaming, R.A. (2016) “Historical Injustice and Human Insecurity: Conflict and Peacemaking in Muslim Mindanao.” In Human Insecurities in Southeast Asia edited by Carnegie, P.J., V.T. King, Zawawi Ibrahim. Singapore: Springer, 121-140. Link Book Chapter

Curaming, R., Postcolonial Criticism and Southeast Asian Studies: Pitfalls, Retreat, and Unfulfilled Promises, Suvannabhumi: Multidisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2 (2015): 3-25.

Curaming, R. A. & Kalidjernih, F. “From Sentimentalism to Pragmatism? Language-in-Education Policy Making in Timor Leste.” In Language, Education and Nation-building: Assimilation and Shift in Southeast Asia edited by Peter Sercombe and Ruanni Tupas. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 68-86.

Curaming, R. A., “The End of an Illusion: Mendiola Massacre and Political Transition in the Post-Marcos Philippines.” In State Violence in East Asia, edited by Narayanan Ganesan and Sung Chull Kim. University of Kentucky Press, 2013, pp. 209-230.

Aljunied, S. M. K. and Curaming, R. A. “Mediating and Consuming Violence in the Philippines: The Case of Jabidah Massacre,” Critical Asian Studies, 44(2) (2012), 227-250
Curaming, R. A., “The Making of a ‘Classic’ in South East Asian Studies: Another Look at Kahin, Agoncillo and the Revolutions,” South East Asia Research, 20 (4) (2012), 585-599


TOP PUBLICATIONS

Curaming, R. A., “Filipinos as Malay: Historicising an Identity.” In Melayu: Politics, Poetics and Paradoxes of Race, edited by Maznah Mohamad and Syed Muhamad Khairudin Aljunied. Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2011, 241-274.

Aljunied, S. M. K. and Curaming, R. A. “Mediating and Consuming Violence in the Philippines: The Case of Jabidah Massacre,” Critical Asian Studies, 44(2) (2012): 227-250
Curaming, R. A., “The Making of a ‘Classic’ in South East Asian Studies: Another Look at Kahin, Agoncillo and the Revolutions,” South East Asia Research, 20 (4) (2012), 585-599

Curaming, R. A., “Towards a Poststructuralist Southeast Asian Studies?”, Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, Vol. 21, No. 1 (2006), pp. 90-112

Curaming, R. A. Claudio, L., “(Re)Assessing EDSA ‘People Power’ as a Critical Conjuncture.” In Conjunctures and Continuities in Southeast Asia, edited by Narayanan Ganesan, Singapore: ISEAS, 2013, pp. 25-52

Curaming, R. A. (2003). “Towards Reinventing Indonesian Nationalist Historiography”. Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, March 2003. (On-line Link).


GRANT DETAILS

2011-2013 (extended to 2105) : “History, Memory, Media and Political Violence in Indonesia and the Philippines”, University Research Grant, UBD (UBD/PNC2/2/RG/1(184)), BND$19,550.

2009-2010 : “Consuming Violence in the Philippines: History and Memory of Jabidah Massacre”, NUS Staff Research Support Scheme (SRSS), a joint-project with Dr. Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, National University of Singapore, $$5,640.

2009-2010 : “The Battles for History in Malaysia: A Comparison with the Case of Indonesia, Part II”, Toyota Foundation, SEASREP Comparative and Collaborative Research Grant, (2008-EC-10), US S $3,720.

2008-2009 : “The Battles for History in Malaysia: A Comparison with the Case of Indonesia, Part I”, Toyota Foundation, SEASREP Comparative and Collaborative Research Grant (Number 2007-EC-08), US$5,000.

2008 : “Transnationalism among Filipino and Indonesian Immigrants in Australia”, Endeavour Endeavour Research Fellowship, A$25,000.

2001-2002 : “The Construction and Transmission of Nationalist Discourses in Indonesia and the Philippines”, Ford Foundation-funded ASIA Fellowship Program (now Asian Scholarship Foundation), US$18,900.


RESEARCH OUTPUTS (PATENTS, SOFTWARE, PUBLICATIONS, PRODUCTS)

BOOK EDITOR
Dhont, F., Webster, T., & Curaming, R. (Eds.) (2013). Between the Mountain and the Seas: Positioning Indonesia. Yogyakarta: Gadjah Mada University Press.
Curaming, R. A., & Dhont, F. (Eds.) (2012). Education in Indonesia: Issues, Practices and Perspectives. Yogyakarta: Yale International Indonesia Forum and Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta.

PUBLISHED ARTICLES (SCOPUS/ISI-LISTED JOURNALS)
Curaming, R. (2017) “From Bitter Memories to Heritage-Making? Jabidah massacre and the Mindanao Garden of Peace, Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 32 (1), 78-106” (Scopus-indexed) Link Link to Journal

Curaming, R. A. (2016) “Postcolonial Studies and Pantayong Pananaw in Philippine Historiography: A Critical Engagement”, Kritika Kultura, 27, pp. 63-91. (Scopus and ISI/WoS-indexed journal) Link to PDF

Curaming, R. A. (2012). “The Making of a ‘Classic’ in South East Asian Studies: Another Look at Kahin, Agoncillo and the Revolutions,” South East Asia Research, 20(4), 585-599. (Link to PDF).

Curaming, R. A., & Aljunied, S. M. K. (2012). “Social Memory and State – Civil Society Relations in the Philippines: Forgetting and Remembering the Jabidah ‘Massacre’”. Time & Society, 21(1), 89-103. doi: 10.1177/0961463X11431337. [ISI-listed] (Link to PDF).

Aljunied, S. M. K., & Curaming, R. A. (2012). “Mediating and Consuming Violence in the Philippines”. Critical Asian Studies, 44(2), 227-250. DOI: 10.1080/14672715.2012.672826. [ISI-listed, one of the top journals in Asian Studies] (Link to PDF).

Curaming, R. A. (2008). “Contextual Factors in the Analysis of State-historian Relations in Indonesia and the Philippines”. Philippine Studies, 56(2), 123-152. [Scopus-listed] (Link to article).

Curaming, R. A. (2006). “Towards a Poststructuralist Southeast Asian Studies?”. Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 21(1), 90-112. (Link to PDF).

PUBLISHED IN NON-SCOPUS INDEXED JOURNALS

Curaming, R. A (2016) “On the Viability of Indigenous Methodologies: Implications for Southeast Asian Studies”, Suvannabhumi: Multidisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 55-76. Link to PDF

Curaming, R.A. (2015) Postcolonial Criticism and Southeast Asian Studies: Pitfalls, Retreat, and Unfulfilled Promises, Suvannabhumi: Multidisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 3-25.Link: http://suvannabhumi.iseas.kr/pdf/suvannabhumi0702_01.pdf

Curaming, R. A. (2011). “Beyond Orientalism? Another Look at Orientalism in Indonesian and Philippine Studies”. Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, February 2011. (On-line Link).

Curaming, R. A. (2005). “Behind, Between and Beyond Politics: Analysing the ‘Political’ in the Writing of History Textbooks in Indonesia and the Philippines”. Asia-Pacific Forum (CAPAS, Academia Sinica), 28, 1-20.

Curaming, R. A. (2003). “Towards Reinventing Indonesian Nationalist Historiography”. Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, March 2003. (On-line Link).

PUBLISHED BOOK CHAPTERS

Curaming, R.A. (2016) “Historical Injustice and Human Insecurity: Conflict and Peacemaking in Muslim Mindanao.” In Human Insecurities in Southeast Asia edited by Carnegie, P.J., V.T. King, Zawawi Ibrahim. Singapore: Springer, 121-140. Link Book Chapter

Curaming, R. A., & Kalidjerih, F. (2014). “From Sentimentalism to Pragmatism? Language-in-Education Policy-making in Timor Leste”. In Language, Education and Nation-building: Assimilation and Shift in Southeast Asia edited by Peter Sercombe and Ruanni Tupas. Palgrave Macmillan. (Link to PDF).

Curaming, R. A. (2013). “The End of an Illusion: The Mendiola Massacre and Political Transition in the Post-Marcos Philippines”. In State Violence in East Asia, edited by Narayanan Ganesan and Sung Chull Kim. University of Kentucky Press, pp. 209-230. (Link to PDF).

Curaming, R. A., & Aljunied, S. M. K. (2013). “On the Fluidity and Stability of Personal Memory: Jibin Arula and the Jabidah Massacre in the Philippines”. In Oral History in Southeast Asia: Memories and Fragments, edited by Kah Seng Loh, Stephen Dobbs and Ernest Koh. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 83-100. (Link to PDF).

Curaming, R. A., & Claudio, L. (2013). “(Re)Assessing EDSA ‘People Power’ (1986) as a Critical Conjuncture”. In Conjunctures and Continuities in Southeast Asia, edited by Narayanan Ganesan, Singapore: ISEAS, pp. 25-52. (Link to PDF).

Curaming, R. A., & Kalidjernih, F. (2012). “Good Intention Gone Bad? The Politics of Blame in the Education Discourses in Indonesia”. In Education in Indonesia: Issues and Perspectives, edited by Rommel A. Curaming and Frank Dhont. Yale International Indonesia Forum editorial committee, pp. 113-134. (Link to PDF).

Curaming, R. A. (2011). “Filipinos as Malay: Historicizing an Identity”. In Melayu: Politics, Poetics and Paradoxes of Race, edited by Maznah Mohamad and Syed Muhamad Khairudin Aljunied. Singapore: Singapore University Press, pp. 241-274. (Link to PDF).

Curaming, R. A. (2010). “The Revival of Rukunegara and Its Implications on the Understanding of the Contemporary Appeal of Pancasila”. In Pancasila's Contemporary Appeal: Re-legitimizing Indonesia's Founding Ethos, edited by Thomas Conners, Mason Hoadley, Frank Dhont and Kevin Ko, Yale Indonesia Forum and Sanata Dharma University, pp. 217-238. (Link to PDF).

Curaming, R. A., & Claudio, L. (2010). “A Historicised (Re)Assessment of EDSA ‘People Power’ (1986)”. ARI Working Paper Series 134, Asia Research Institute, Singapore.

Curaming, R. A. (2009). “The Rhetorical as Political: Ramon Magsaysay Award and the Making of a Cold War Culture in Asia”. In Dynamics of the Cold War in Asia: Ideology, Identity, and Culture, edited by Tuong Vu and Wasana Wongsurawat, New York: Palgrave, pp. 127-144. (Link to PDF).

Curaming, R. A. (2008). “The Contrasting Calculus of Power in Sejarah Nasional Indonesia and the Tadhana Project”. In Sejarah yang Memihak: Mengenang Sartono Kartodirdjo, edited by M. Nursam, Baskara T. Wardaya and Asvi Warman Adam, Yogyakarta: Penerbit Ombak, pp. 364-401. (Link to PDF).

Curaming, R. A. (2005). “The State and the Historians in the Construction of Nationalist Historical Discourses in Indonesia and the Philippines: A Preliminary Consideration” In Asian Futures, Asian Traditions, edited by Edwina Palmer, Kent, UK: Global Oriental, pp. 60-80.

Curaming, R. A. (2003). “Towards Reinventing Indonesian Nationalist Historiography”. In Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia: Selected Essays, edited by Donna Amoroso, Bangkok: Dream Catcher for Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, pp. 173-198. Also found online, Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, March 2003. (Link to Journal).

BOOK REVIEWS
Curaming, R. A. (2016) Review of Questioning Modernity in Indonesia and Malaysia , edited by Wendy Mee and Joel Kahn.Singapore and Kyoto: NUS Press with Kyoto University Press, 2012. In Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 47 (1), 145-147.

Curaming, R. A. (2016) Review of The Postcolonial Orient: The Politics of Difference and the Project of Provincializing Europe by Vasant Kaiwar, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014. In Asian Journal of Social Science, 44 (4-5), 627-629

Curaming, R.A. (2016) Review of Remembering/Rethinking EDSA, edited by J. Paul S. Manzanilla and Caroline S. Hau. Mandaluyong: Anvil Publishing, Inc., 2016. In Social Science Diliman, 12 (2), 78-80.

Curaming, R. A. (2014). Review of The Contours of Mass Violence in Indonesia, 1965-68, edited by Douglas Kammen and Katherine McGregor. Singapore & Copenhagen: NUS Press and NIAS Press, 2012, 305 pp. In Journal of Social Transformation, Vol. 2, No.2, pp. 49-53.

Curaming, R. A. (2013). Review of Contestations of Memory in Southeast Asia, edited by Roxana Waterson and Kwok Kian-Woon. Singapore: NUS Press, 2012, 300 pp. In Historical Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory. (Online Link).

Curaming, R. A. (2012). Review of The State and Illegality in Indonesia, edited by Edward Aspinall and Gerry van Klinken. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2010. In Southeast Asian Studies (New English version, Kyoto University), 1 (1), 163-165. (Link to PDF).

Curaming, R. A. (2011). Review of Revolutionary Spirit: Rizal in Southeast Asia, John Nery. Singapore: ISEAS. In New Mandala, August 2011. (On-line Link).

Curaming, R. A. (2011). Review of Unfinished Nation, Max Lane. London: Vers. In Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 42(1), 176-178. (Link to Journal).

Curaming, R. A. (2010). Review of Imperial Alchemy: Nationalism and Political Identity in Southeast Asia, Anthony Reid. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In Southeast Asian Studies, 48(2), 210-212. (PDF version).

Curaming, R. A. (2010). Review of Bringing Knowledge Back In: From Social Constructivism to Social Realism, Michael F. D. Young. London and New York: Routledge. In Asian Journal of Social Science, 38(5), 823-825. (Link to journal).

Curaming, R. A. (2007). Review of State Terrorism and Political Identity in Indonesia: Fatally Belonging, Ariel Heryanto. London and New York: Routledge 2006. In Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, 42(2), 142-147. (PDF Copy).

Curaming, R. A. (2007). Review of Nation Building: Five Southeast Asian Histories, edited by Wang Gung Wu. Singapore: ISEAS, 2005. In Asia-Pacific Review of Social Sciences, 7(1), December 2007, 87-90.

Curaming, R. A. (2006). Review of Beginning to Remember: The Past in Indonesian Present, edited by Mary Zurbuchen. Seattle and Singapore: Singapore University Press with University of Washington Press, 2005. In Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia.

Curaming, R. A. (2006). Review of Menggugat Historiografi Indonesia by Bambang Purwanto and Asvi Warman Adam. Jogyakarta: Ombak, 2005. In Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 37(1) (February), 167-169. (Link to journal).

Curaming, R. A. (2006). Review of Pelurusan Sejarah by Asvi Warman Adam, Jogyakarta: TriDE, 2004. In Review of Indonesia and Malaysian Affairs (RIMA), 40(1), 181-185. (Link to Journal).
Curaming, R. A. (2006). Review of Mematahkan Pewarisan Ingatan: Wacana Anti-Komunis dan Rekonsiliasi Pasca-Suharto by Budiawan. Jakarta: ELSAM. In Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 37(2) (June), 359-361. (Link to journal).

Curaming, R. A. (2005). Review of Beginning to Remember: The Past in Indonesian Present, edited by Mary Zurbuchen. Seattle and Singapore: Singapore University Press with University of Washington Press, 2005. In Graduate Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 3(1), 80-83. (Link to PDF).


CONSULTANCY

October 2016 – designated as the Advisor/Consultant to the team of educators formed by the Ministry of Education Brunei to pilot-test the lesson plans in the UNESCO-textbook project (See 5.2)

February 2016 – designated as the Co-leader of one of the four groups involved in UNESCO-sponsored project, Promoting Intercultural Dialogue and a Culture of Peace in South-East Asia through Shared Histories, to develop teaching materials on the shared histories of Southeast Asia, specifically the Unit called “Southeast Asia and the World.”

Since June 2015 -----member of the Council of Coordinators, a sort of Executive Council of Southeast Asian Studies Association in Southeast Asia (SEA IN SEA), a professional organization for Southeast Asian Studies scholars in Southeast Asia, supported by SEASREP, Toyota Foundation and Japan Foundation.

Since September 2015--- UNESCO Bangkok invited me to serve as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the 4-year textbook project on Promoting Intercultural Dialogue and a Culture of Peace in South-East Asia through Shared Histories (For details see the Project website, http://www.unescobkk.org/culture/heritage/shared-histories-sea/

Since November 2015---I serve as a consultant and member of Advisory Board of an international organization, Philippine International Studies Organization (PhiSO). I was also invited to serve as Editorial Board Member of its journal, The International Relations Anatomy (IRA). See http://phiso.org/ (organization); http://phiso.org/the-international-relations-anatomy/ (journal)

Since Oct 2014---I serve as Editorial Board Member, Katipunan: Journal sa Pag-aaral sa Panitikian, Sining at Kultura, an Ateneo de Manila-based academic journal.


Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

• Editorial Board Member, South East Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal (UBD, Brunei Darussalam)
• Editorial Board Member, Katipunan: Journal ng mga Pagaaral ng Panitikan, Sining at Kultura (Ateneo de Manila University)
• Editorial Board Member, The International Relations Anatomy (IRA). (See http://phiso.org/ organization);
Advisory Board Member, The Philippine International Studies Organization (PhiSO) http://phiso.org/the-international-relations-anatomy/
• Technical Advisory Committee Member, UNESCO’s Promoting Intercultural Dialogue and a Culture of Peace in South-East Asia through Shared Histories Project, 2015-2019.


SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, or ACADEMIC BENEFITS

The projected benefits of my research interests lies in addressing the need to expand freedom and opportunities for common people by understanding and uncovering why and how deeply concealed political interests appear other than what they are actually are, and in the process inadvertently supports the interests of the politically unscrupulous at the expense of unsuspecting common people.


Scopus Publications