BAUTISTA Julius

Position:Associate Professor

MAIL: bautista [at] cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp

Research Departments

Social Coexistence

Area

Anthropology, Southeast Asian Studies, Religious Studies

Research Interests

Anthropology of Religion, Pedagogy, Southeast Asian Culture and History, especially in the Philippines and Timor Leste



Julius BAUTISTA is Associate Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. He was previously a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. He received a PhD. in Southeast Asian Studies (anthropology and cultural history) at the Australian National University, and has subsequently published on religious practice in Asia, with a focus on Christian iconography, religious piety, and the relationship between religion and the state particularly in the Philippines and Timor Leste. He is author of “Figuring Catholicism: An Ethnohistory of the Santo Niño de Cebu” (Ateneo, 2010), editor of “The Spirit of Things: Materiality and Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia” (Cornell SEAP, 2012), co-editor (with Francis Lim) of Christianity and the State in Asia: Complicity and Conflict (Routledge, 2009), and author of “The Way of the Cross: Suffering Selfhoods in the Roman Catholic Philippines” (Hawaii, 2019).

Personal URL: https://kyoto-u.academia.edu/JuliusBautista

  • Books:
  • Bautista, J. (2019) “The Way of the Cross: Suffering Selfhoods in the Roman Catholic Philippines” Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press
  • Bautista, J. (2010) “Figuring Catholicism: An Ethnohistory of the Santo Niño de Cebu.” Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press
    **Finalist: 30th Philippine National Book Awards for Best Book in the Social Sciences, 2011
    **Finalist: 33rd Catholic Mass Media Awards of the Philippines (Jaime Cardinal Sin Book Prize), 2011
    **Reviewed in: Philippine Studies, Social Science Diliman and TALAD: Journal of San Carlos Major Seminary
  • Edited Volumes:
  • Bautista, J. (ed.) (2012) “The Spirit of Things: Materiality and Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia.” Ithaca: Cornell University Southeast Asia Program Publications
    **Reviewed in: Southeast Asian Studies, Pacific Affairs, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Southeast Asia Research, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde
  • Bautista, J. and Lim, F.K.G., (eds.), (2009) “Christianity and the State in Asia: Complicity and Conflict.” Oxford and New York: Routledge
    **Reviewed in: Journal of Ecclesiastical History, SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia


Chapters in Books

  • In Press:
  • Bautista, J. (2019) “Sonic Piety: The Aural Landscape of Roman Catholic Passion Rituals in the Philippines” in Sounds of Hierarchy and Power in Southeast Asia, Porath, Nathan, ed. Copenhagen: NIAS Press, pp. 341-366. (In press)
  • Published:
  • Bautista, J. (2016) “Beyond Sacred and Profane: The Discursive Underpinnings of the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City” in Meier, H., Ness, S.A. and Alcedo, P. (eds.) Religious Festivals in Contemporary Southeast Asia. Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press , pp. 47-71.
  • Bautista, J. (2015a) “The Localization of Radical Transcendence in the Catholic Philippines ” in Salemink and Turner, (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Asian Religions. Oxford and New Delhi: Routledge, pp. 96-109
  • Bautista, J. (2015b) “The Philippines” in Aythal, J. (ed.) Religion in Southeast Asia: An Encyclopedia of Faiths and Cultures Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio Publishers, pp. 220-225.
  • Bautista, J. (2015c) “Reynaldo Ileto” in Aythal, J. (ed.) Religion in Southeast Asia: An Encyclopedia of Faiths and Cultures Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio Publishers, pp. 115-116.
  • Bautista, J. (2015d) “Jaime Cardinal Sin” in Aythal, J. (ed.) Religion in Southeast Asia: An Encyclopedia of Faiths and Cultures Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio Publishers, pp. 285-286.
  • Bautista, J. (2014a) “Rituals of Pain and the Limits of the Biomedical Paradigm: Self-Mortification in the Catholic Philippines” in Hinerman, N. and Sternudd, H. (eds.) Painful Conversations: Making Pain Sens(e)ible. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, pp. 79-94.
  • Bautista, J. (2014b) “Christianity in Southeast Asia: Colonialism, Nationalism and the Caveats to Conversion” in Wilfred, F. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Christianity in Asia. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 215-230
  • Bautista, J. (2012a) “Motion, Devotion and Materiality in Southeast Asia” in Bautista, J. (ed.) The Spirit of Things: Materiality and Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia. Ithaca: Cornell University SEAP Publications, pp. vii-x
  • —- (with Anthony Reid) (2012b) “Material Religion in a Problematically Plural Southeast Asia” in Bautista, J. (ed.) The Spirit of Things: Materiality and Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia. Ithaca: Cornell University Southeast Asia Program Publications, pp. 1-10
  • Bautista, J. (2011) “The Bearable Lightness of Pain: Crucifying Oneself in Pampanga” in Andrzej Dańczak and Nicola Lazenby (eds.) Pain: Management, Expression and Interpretation. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, pp. 151-159
  • Bautista, J. (2010). “Rethinking Filipino Roman Catholicism” in Henkel, D. (ed.) Land of the Morning: The Philippines and its People. Singapore: Asian Civilisations Museum, National Heritage Board, pp. 30-37
  • Bautista, J. (2009a). “About Face: Asian Christianity in the Context of Southern Expansion” in Bautista, J. and Lim, F.K.G., (eds.), Christianity and the State in Asia: Complicity and Conflict. Oxford and New York: Routledge, pp. 201-214
  • —- (with Lim, F.K.G.) (2009b). “Introduction” in Bautista, J. and Lim, F.K.G., (eds), Christianity and the State in Asia: Complicity and Conflict. Oxford and New York: Routledge, pp. 1-18
  • Bautista, J. (with Planta, M.) (2009c). “The Sacred and the Sanitary: The Colonial Medicalization of the Filipino Body” in Turner, B.S. and Zhang, Y., (eds.), The Body in Asia. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, pp. 76-102
  • Bautista, J. (2004). “The Christchild in the Philippines: the Santo Niño as Culture Hero” in Warne, E. and Zika, C. (eds.), God, the Devil and a Millennium of Christian Culture Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, pp. 195-214


Articles in Refereed Journals

  • In Progress:
  • Bautista, J. “To See and be Seen: Visual Art as a Mode of Ethnographic Meaning Making” (accepted for publication in Current Anthropology)
  • Bautista, J. “Authentic Democracy: Transnational Roman Catholic Religious Networks in the Philippines and East Timor” (under review for SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia)
  • Published:
  • Bautista, J. 2018. “Uncomfortable Pedagogy: Experiential Learning as an Anthropological Encounter in the Asia Pacific” Pedagogies: An International Journal 13(3): 246-259, August 2018
  • Bautista, J. 2018. “On the Anthropology and Theology of Passion Rituals in the Roman Catholic Philippines” International Journal of Asian Christianity 1(1): 143-156, January 2018
  • Bautista, J. 2017. “Hesukristo, Superstar: Ritual Agency and Performance in the Roman Catholic Philippines” The Australian Journal of Anthropology 28: 152-164 , September 2017
  • Bautista, J. 2015e. “Export-quality Martyrs: Roman Catholicism and Transnational Labour in the Philippines.” Cultural Anthropology 3(3): 424-447, August 2015e
  • Bautista, J. and Braunlein, P. 2014c. “The Act of Witnessing: Doing fieldwork on Passion rituals in the Philippines.” Philippine Studies: Ethnographic and Historical Viewpoints 62(3-4): 499-523, September 2014c
  • Bautista, J. 2014d. “Islam Encountered: Challenging Stereotypes and Fostering Knowledge” Education About Asia 19 (1): 39-42, June 2014d
  • Bautista, J. 2010 “Church and State in the Philippines: Tackling Life Issues in a Culture of Death.” SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 25(1): 29-53, April 2010
  • Bautista, J. 2008. “The Meta-theory of Piety: Reflections on the Work of Sabah Mahmood” Contemporary Islam 2(1): 75-83, March 2008
  • Bautista, J. 2006. “The Rebellion and the Icon: Holy Revolutions in the Philippines” Asian Journal of Social Science, 34(2): 291-310, June 2006
  • Bautista, J. 2005. “An Archipelago Twice Discovered: The Santo Niño de Cebu and the Discourse of Discovery” Asian Studies Review 29: 187-206, June 2005


Book reviews and commentaries

  • Published:
  • Bautista, J. Review of “Muslim and Catholic Pilgrimage Practices: Explorations through Java” by Albertus Bagus Laksana. Southeast Asian Studies 5(2): 356-359.
  • Bautista J. “When one’s birthday opens up a Cosmological Pandora’s box” Philippine Studies: Ethnographic and Historical Viewpoints 67(2): 227-230, June 2016
  • Bautista. J. Review of “Conflict and Conversion: Catholicism in Southeast Asia, 1500 – 1700.” By Alberts, Tara. H-Catholic, H-Net Reviews. January, 2016. URL: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=42270
  • Bautista, J. Review of “Travelling Nation Makers: Transnational Flows and Movements in the Making of Modern Southeast Asia” Hau, Caroline S. and Kasian Tejapira, eds. Asian Journal of Social Science 42 (2014) 467–469
  • Bautista, J. Review of “Conquest and Pestilence in the Early Spanish Philippines” by Linda Newson. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 32(3): 403-405, November 2011
  • Bautista, J. Review of “The Anthropology of Christianity” by Fenella Cannell. Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 55(3):395-398, December 2007
  • Bautista, J. Review of “The Promise of the Foreign: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation in the Spanish Philippines” by Vicente L. Rafael. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 38(1): 181-183, February 2007
  • Bautista, J. Review of “Barons, Brokers and Buyers: The Cultures and Institutions of Philippine Sugar” by Michael S. Billig. The Asia-Pacific Journal of Anthropology 5(3): 279-281, December 2004
  • Bautista, J. Review of “White Nation: Fantasies of White Supremacy in a Multicultural Society” by Ghassan Hage. Philippine Studies Association of Australia Newsletter, 30: 7-10, July 1999


Other Publications (Non refereed)

  • Published:
  • Bautista J, 2017. “Experiential Learning as an Anthropological Encounter” in Teaching Southeast Asian Studies: Foundations and New Approaches, Busan: Busan University of Foreign Studies School of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Bautista, J. 2016. “Visita Iglesia: Pilgrimage in the Roman Catholic Philippines” (フィリピンにおけるローマ・カトリック教徒による型通関の巡礼) in Terauchi, Hiroshi (ed). Shikoku Henro and Pilgrimages of the World. Ehime University Occasional Publication Series (translated into Japanese by Sugaya Nariko)
  • Bautista, J. 2014 “Religion, Sacrifice and Transnational Labour in the Philippines” in Center for Southeast Asian Studies Newsletter 70: 9-11
  • Bautista, J. “An Economy of Suffering: Roman Catholicism and Transnational Labor in the Philippines” Asia Research Institute Working Paper Series No. 218 (2014)
  • Bautista, J. “Tracing the Centrality of ‘Things’ to Religious Belief in Southeast Asia” Asia Research Institute Working Paper Series No. 145 (2010)
  • Bautista, J. “The Church and Reproductive Health in the Philippines” Asia Research Institute Working Paper Series No. 130 (2009)
  • Bautista, J. “The Syncretic Santo: An Analysis of the Discourse of Syncretism in the Philippines” Area-Based Global Studies (Special Issue: Religion and Globalisation), 23(2): 1-20, January 2006
  • Bautista, J. “Religion as a Heuristic Anchor: Studying the Various Interdisciplinary Approaches” Centre for the Development of Teaching and Learning Brief 9(5): 1-2 October 2006
  • Bautista, J. “The Andres Bonifacio Debate: A Student’s Perspective” in Philippine Studies Association of Australia Newsetter 30: 177-179, Spring 1999

  • Julius Bautista’s current research project is an analysis of the separation of Church and State in the Philippines and East Timor. A comparative anthropological and historical methodology is used in pursuing three research components: (1) a pioneering synthesis of relevant scholarly literature from the two areas, (2) a historical analysis of the role of Catholic institutions in state-formation and (3) an ethnographic analysis of faith and ritual as a factor in ordinary people’s political participation.