Mark Rice: American Visions of the Philippines: Dean Worcester, Charles Martin, and the Creation of an Imperial ArchiveMark Rice: American Visions of the Philippines: Dean Worcester, Charles Martin, and the Creation of an Imperial Archivehttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/216341Magill Philips Wing2012-10-29T16:30:002012-10-29T18:30:00
October 29, 4:30PM
Magill Philips Wing
Caption by Charles Martin: "A small Igorot boy laughing name Pee-tee-pit who has since become educated."
“American Visions of the Philippines: Dean Worcester, Charles Martin, and the Creation of an Imperial Archive”
Lecture by Mark Rice, Professor of American Studies, St. John Fisher College
The Philips Wing in Magill Library
Monday, October 29, 2012
Tea at 4:15 p.m. Talk at 4:30 p.m.
Beginning in 1902 and continuing until 1913, Dean Worcester and Charles Martin collaborated on the building of an archive of more than twenty thousand images of the colonial Philippines, a preponderance of which took cultural minority groups as their subject. As Secretary of the Interior for the American colonial regime in the Philippines, Worcester was largely responsible for the scope and the use of the archive, while Martin, as official photographer for the regime, provided the majority of the photographs it contained. The relationship between the two men was complicated, involving both cooperation and deceit. Their photographs were influential in political debates surrounding the role of the U.S. in the Philippines, and the legacy of their work continues to reverberate to this day.
Mark Rice, Professor and Chair of American Studies at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, is interested in what he likes to call the “public performance of photographs.” In 2005 he published his first book, Through the Lens of the City (University Press of Mississippi), which brought back to light an effort by the National Endowment of the Arts to test the distinction between documentary photography and art photography in the 1970s.
For the past several years, Rice has been researching the life and photography of Dean Conant Worcester, an American colonial administrator in the Philippines from 1901 to 1913. He has published articles based on that research in American Quarterly, Journal of Transnational American Studies, and Education About Asia. His book manuscript, “Dean Worcester’s Fantasy Islands: Photography, Film, and the Colonial Philippines,” is under contract with the University of Michigan Press.
In addition to his traditional scholarship, Rice maintains the blog, “Ranking America,” which has been featured on Forbes.com and The Daily Beast, and in Newsweek International.
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