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About jdblanco

is a denizen of San Diego, a border city that has never mustered the courage to embrace its uniqueness as such. It gathers in the world's diasporas with all their idiosyncratic ways of reinventing the idea of an imperial melting pot, and scatters them across this Great Pacific stretch. I work at the local university, researching the cartographies of non-Western modernity between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries, and I teach literature and culture courses on the wild side of enlightenment: from the conquest of the Americas and the Philippines to the cultures of Orientalism and the baroque in modern literature. I love music, laughter, and philosophy (in that order), I do yoga, my wife is a novelist, and my daughter just blew almost a year's worth of allowance on an American Girl doll.

Las Yslas Filipinas in the World

San Diego Public Library FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        CONTACT:    Marc Chery 619-236-5817   Central Library Hosts “Las Filipinas in the World” Book Discussion Series San Diego, CA… The San Diego Public Library will host a Filipino Book Discussion Series: … Continue reading

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Las Morismas de Bracho 2014 – moros y cristianos in Zacatecas

Imagine a play with 11 people — it’s not hard to do. That’s how the revival of the religious “moros y cristianos” festival in Zacatecas began, in the 1950s — a colonial festival that commemorated the Reconquest of Spain in … Continue reading

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Política común 5 (special issue: Carl Schmitt and the Early Modern World, edited by Jody Blanco and Ivonne del Valle) is out today!

Política común 5 (special issue: Carl Schmitt and the Early Modern World, edited by Jody Blanco and Ivonne del Valle) is out today!.

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Política común 5 (special issue: Carl Schmitt and the Early Modern World, edited by Jody Blanco and Ivonne del Valle) is out today!

Browse by Issue > Volume 5 (2014) Title Author(s) Reorienting Schmitt’s Nomos: Political Theology, and Colonial (and Other) Exceptions in the Creation of Modern and Global Worlds Blanco, John D.; del Valle, Ivonne Francisco de Vitoria, Carl Schmitt, and Originary Technicity Bentancor, Orlando … Continue reading

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Asian-Americans and US imperial wars of aggression

I was attending a talk in History given by guest speaker Simeon Man. The title of the talk: “Aloha, Vietnam,” conveyed a bizarre paradox in the history of Asian Americans, who played a significant role in the granting of statehood … Continue reading

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Stochasticity Unbound. In Praise of Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison

In my “FAQs on the Theory and Practice of Literature” class the other day, we were reading this essay by historian of science Michel Serres called “Turner Translates Carnot.” The essay looks at Joseph Turner’s paintings as capturing the paradigm or … Continue reading

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Christianity from out of Asia

Who would have thought that St. Josaphat would be such an effective tool for converting Asians to Christianity during the 17th and 18th centuries? Well, the Jesuit missionaries did. Of course, nobody knew until centuries later that the life of … Continue reading

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