Articulating Institutional Obligations

Through our listening sessions with scholars, curators, librarians, archivists, and community members, we seek to understand the full extent of the harm caused by the University of Michigan’s Philippine collections to Indigenous, Filipino, and Filipino American communities locally, in the Philippines, and in the diaspora.

We want to work collaboratively to tangibly repair the harm done in culturally-specific and historically-minded ways. In the process, we also hope to gain an understanding of the scope of Philippine collections at the University, and different institutional approaches to the stewardship of these collections. For this session, we invited Christopher Dick, Tom Duda, Paul Erickson, Michael Galaty, Fe Susan Go, Jim Moss, Benjamin Winger. With these broad goals in mind, we ask our speakers to consider the following questions:

  • How does the Philippine collection(s) fit in your larger collection(s)? 
  • How, if at all, has your approach to the stewardship of these collections changed over time, especially in light of developments in your discipline(s) and the increasing demand to recognize and remediate harm?