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Blind Spot: Stephanie Syjuco Reading Resources

Blind Spot: Stephanie Syjuco

Reading Resources


Interested in learning more about photography, archives, museums, World’s Fairs, the Philippines, and colonialism? Explore the resources below to see what the artist, curator, and librarian are reading on these topics!


What is the artist Stephanie Syjuco reading?


“All Monuments Must Fall: A Syllabus.”

Azoulay, Ariella Aïsha. The Civil Contract of Photography. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012.

___. “Unlearning Imperial Rights to Take (Photographs).”

___. Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism. London: Verso Books, 2019.

Capozolla, Christopher. “Photography and Power in the Philippines: The Anthropological Gaze.”

D’Souza, Aruna. “Empathy Will Not Save Us.” Lecture, Creative Time, New York, 2020.

Harney, Stefano, and Fred Moten. The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study. Chico, CA: AK Press, 2013.

Hartman, Saidiya. “Venus in Two Acts.” Small Axe Number 26 12, no. 2 (June 2008): 1–14.

Steyerl, Hito. “In Defense of the Poor Image.” E-Flux, November 2009.


What is MSU South + Southeast Asian Studies Librarian Zoë McLaughlin reading?


Beredo, Cheryl. Import of the Archive: U.S. Colonial Rule of the Philippines and the Making of American Archival History. Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books, 2013.

Blount, James H. The American Occupation of the Philippines, 1898-1912. New York and London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1913.

Castañeda Anastacio, Leah. The Foundations of the Modern Philippine State: Imperial Rule and the American Constitutional Tradition in the Philippine Islands, 1898-1935. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Gems, Gerald R. Sport and the American Occupation of the Philippines: Bats, Balls, and Bayonets. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016.

Ileto, Reynaldo Clemeña. Knowledge and Pacification: On the U.S. Conquest and the Writing of Philippine History. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2017.

Kirk, Grayson L. Philippine Independence: Motives, Problems, and Prospects. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1936.

McMahon, Jennifer M. Dead Stars: American and Philippine Literary Perspectives on the American Colonization of the Philippines. Diliman, Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2011.

Murphy, Erin L. No Middle Ground: Anti-Imperialists and Ethical Witnessing during the Philippine-American War. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2020.

Orquiza, René Alexander, Jr. Taste of Control: Food and the Filipino Colonial Mentality under American Rule. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2020.

See, Sarita Echavez. The Filipino Primitive: Accumulation and Resistance in the American Museum. New York: New York University Press, 2017.

Steinbock-Pratt, Sarah. Educating the Empire: American Teachers and Contested Colonization in the Philippines. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Talusan, Mary. Instruments of Empire: Filipino Musicians, Black Soldiers, and Military Band Music during US Colonization of the Philippines. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2021.

Torres, Cristina Evangelista. The Americanization of Manila, 1898-1921. Diliman, Quezo City: University of the Philippines Press, 2010.


What is MSU Broad Art Museum Assistant Curator Rachel Winter reading?


Azoulay, Ariella Aïsha. Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism. London: Verso Books, 2019.

Berger, Maurice. “Are Art Museums Racist?” Art in America. Last updated March 31, 2020.

Brigham, David R. “‘Ask the Beasts, and They Shall Teach Thee’: The Human Lessons of Charles Willson Peale’s Natural History Displays.” Huntington Library Quarterly 59, no. 2/3 (1996): 182–206.

Celik, Zeynep. Displaying the Orient: Architecture of Islam at Nineteeth-Century World’s Fairs. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1992.

Curran, Kathleen. The Invention of the American Art Museum: From Craft to Kulturegeschichte, 1870–1930. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2016.

Duncan, Carol, and Alan Wallach. “The Universal Survey Museum.” Art History 3, no. 4 (December 1980): 448–69.

Gilbert, Annette. Literature’s Elsewheres: On the Necessity of Radical Literary Practices. Translated by Antonia Hirsch. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2022.

Greenhalgh, Paul. Ephemeral Vistas: The Expositions Universelles, Great Exhibitions, and World’s Fairs, 1851-1939. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 1988.

Hicks, Dan. The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution. London: Pluto Press, 2020.

Immerwahr, Daniel. How to Hide an Empire: a History of the Greater United States. New York: Picador/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020.

Impey, O. R., and Arthur MacGregor, eds. The Origins of Museums: The Cabinet of Curiosities in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Europe. Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2017.

Kantor, Sybil Gordon. Alfred H. Barr, Jr., and the Intellectual Origins of the Museum of Modern Art. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002.

Kerman, Monique. “The Rallying Call to Decolonize: Okwui Enwezor’s Legacy.” Nka 48 (2021): 24–39.

Lee, Shimrit. Decolonize Museums. New York: OR Books, 2022.

McClellan, Andrew. The Art Museum from Boullée to Bilbao. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.

Museums are not Neutral.

Raizman, David Seth, and Ethan Robey, eds. Expanding Nationalism at World’s Fairs: Identity, Diversity, and Exchange, 1851-1915. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2018.

Reilly, Maura. Curatorial Activism: Towards an Ethics of Curating. London: Thames and Hudson, 2018.

Robinson, Joyce Henry. “An American Cabinet of Curiosities: Thomas Jefferson’s ‘Indian Hall’ at Monticello.” Winterthur Portfolio 30, no. 1 (Spring 1995): 41–58.

Rydell, Robert. All the World’s a Fair: Visions of Empire at American International Expositions, 1876-1916. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.

See, Sarita Echavez. The Filipino Primitive: Accumulation and Resistance in the American Museum. New York: New York University Press, 2017.

Turner, Hannah. Cataloguing Culture: Legacies of Colonialism in Museum Documentation. Vancouver and Toronto: UBC Press, 2020.

wheadon, nico. Museum Metamorphosis: Cultivating Change through Cultural Citizenship. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2022.

Wilson, Fred, and Lisa G. Corrin. Mining the Museum: An Installation. Baltimore: Contemporary, 1994.

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