〒169-0051 東京都新宿区西早稲田1-21-1 早大西早稲田ビル7F
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
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Greetings from Tokyo.
I’m writing to let you know that Professor Nicole Curato, one of the most
productive and engaged scholars working on the intersection of politics and
society in Asia, will be speaking (via Zoom) at Waseda’s Graduate School of
Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) on March 23, 2021 at 9 a.m. Tokyo time (11
a.m. in Sydney time; 8 a.m. in Singapore; March 22: 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight
time, 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time).
*Hierarchies of Misery in Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines*
Whose suffering counts in Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines? In this
presentation, I enquire into the unequal distribution of compassion among
‘communities of misery’ in a nation that has been beset with a series of
tragedies. I compare two case studies: disaster survivors from Typhoon
Haiyan in 2013 and the families left behind by police and vigilante
killings of Duterte’s controversial war on drugs.
While the nation has witnessed overwhelming gestures of solidarity in the
aftermath of a mega-disaster, the drug war has not resulted to telethons to
support the war’s orphans, Twitter hashtags to mourn the dead or mass
graves that give visibility to victimhood. Why is suffering from the drug
war treated any differently?
Drawing on four years of ethnographic research in Tacloban and Manila, I
offer three logics that underpin this moral judgment: the logic of
denialism, complicity, and deservingness. I argue that these judgments are
embedded in a moral economy that renders some lives disposable and
therefore ‘ungrieveable.’ By pursuing this line of enquiry, this
presentation seeks to provide a sociological portrait of the society that
emerges in the age of Dutertismo and critically examine its implications
for democratic practice.
This presentation is based on the book *Democracy in a Time of Misery: From
Spectacular Tragedy to Deliberative Action* published in 2019 by the Oxford
[image: Amazon.co.jp: Democracy in a Time of Misery: From Spectacular
Tragedies to Deliberative Action (English Edition) 電子書籍: Curato, Nicole:
The talk is free and open to the public, but requires registration. Please
sign in and register via our Google Doc, and the zoom invitation will be
sent in the days immediately prior to the talk.
For further information, please contact David Leheny (dleheny[at]waseda.jp).