Professor MCM Santamaria of the Asian Center was invited to deliver a lecture at the Symposium on Brunei Information Resource Collection 2014 held from 2 to 3 December 2014 at the University Brunei Darussalam.
In his paper, Ethno-choreology in Familiar and Strange Places: Film and Video Productions as Source Materials in Dance Research and Preservation, Dr. Santamaria spoke of the need to look beyond "traditional documentaries as sources of knowledge on dance, music, and other related expressions.” He expands the notion of “acceptable source materials” to include movies, DVDs, and even “amateur” footage uploaded on YouTube, and offers a list of documentary and feature video/films of the Sulu-Sabah region of the Southern Philippines and East Malaysia, some of which date back to the American colonial period.
The symposium, whose theme is “Preserving the Knowledge of Cultural Heritage for Research” was organized by the University Brunei Darussalam and the Academic of Brunei Studies.
Professor Santamaria teaches courses on Readings in Philippine Socio-cultural Studies, Theater and Society in East Asia, and Southeast Asian Culture and Society, among others. He finished his Doctor of Law at Kyoto University, Japan, and Master in International Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman. His research interests include politics, performance studies, and Japanese and Southeast Asian studies.
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