Organized Panel Session
Scholars such as Heonik Kwon and Ang Chen Guan have called for an analysis of the locally specific iterations of the Cold War in Asia and Southeast Asia respectively. The panel responds to this call through an examination of the intricacies and intimacies of Cold War Philippines and its afterlives. Focusing on a wide range of political actors, we situate the Marcos regime in the Philippines within the broad historical contexts of anti-imperialist movements, narratives of beauty and feminism, war and trauma in Southeast Asia, and authoritarian uses of political detention. In so doing, we also work to identify the localized responses to authoritarianism in the Philippines, tracking the rise of a vibrant opposition on the archipelago, the mobilization of transnational activism, and the invocations of Cold War memories in diasporic literature. Overall, we draw attention to the ways that many contested Cold War authoritarianism as well as the ways that these histories continue to be contested today.