In pursuit of progress: Narratives of development on a Philippine island

Event details


Date & time

Friday 13 April 2018


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Ext # 8 Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Dr Hannah Bulloch


Rory MacNeil

In Pursuit of Progress: Narratives of Development on a Philippine Island

By Hannah Bulloch, published by University of Hawaii Press

The idea of development has been scrutinised as a ‘Western’ metaphor ordering global difference, and as a banner under which diverse schemes for societal improvement find legitimacy and common purpose. But how is development assimilated into the worldviews of the people on the receiving end?

In Pursuit of Progress explores myths, meanings and practices of ‘development’, ‘progress’ and ‘modernisation’ on the Philippine island of Siquijor. It asks how such meta-narratives are entangled in people’s identities and life trajectories. How do they shape people’s understandings of their histories, their place in the world, and their dreams for the future?

The book contributes to debates in anthropology, sociology, and development studies regarding how discourses of development act on local and global power relations. Author, Dr Hannah Bulloch, is a Research Fellow at the ANU’s National Centre for Indigenous Studies and a former DECRA Fellow in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology.

At this launch, Dr Bulloch will give a reading from the book, and perspectives on key aspects of the work will be provided by three speakers:

  • Dr Anna Cristina Pertierra, a Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Social Analysis at Western Sydney University, with expertise in Latin American and the Philippines.

  • Ms Regina Macalandag Estorba, a PhD scholar in ANU Crawford School, currently studying citizenship and the Badjao peoples of the Philippines.

  • Associate Professor Patrick Guinness, a senior lecturer in ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology, whose work focuses on the anthropology of development in Southeast Asia, Melanesia and East Africa.

Copies will be available for purchase at a discounted rate.

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