Jan 6, 2011

Observer Columnist Earns Doctoral Degree

KAHULUI, Maui --Attorney Lance D. Collins, a regular commentator on Philippine politics and culture in this newspaper, earned his Ph.D. from the University of 
Hawai'i at Manoa last month. He conducted his graduate research while 
continuing a full time private practice on Maui.

Collins' dissertation explored the appearance of particular modern 
social identities in independent Philippine cinema as symbols of coming 
social and political transformation and renewal in Philippine life. The 
study analyzed the symbolism constellated in the work of Joel Lamangan
and others utilizing traditional Philippine folktales through a 
classical Jungian approach with particular attention to the struggle of 
the shadow and renewal of collective consciousness.

His approach to the symbolic analysis of film reclaims classical Jungian 
thought as an alternative approach to film from the dominant approaches 
prevalent in film studies. His work also challenges the range of inquiry 
in Philippine studies for gender and sexuality.

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