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Philippine Studies Association National Conference

Date September 26-28, 2018
Venue National Museum of the Philippines, Manila
Deadline for submission of abstracts 5 March 2018
Theme The Reshaping of Philippine Studies: Contending viewpoints, voices, and knowledges

In the era of global mobilities and fluid identities, Philippine studies is constantly reframed, negotiated, or contested by scholars and academics. New theoretical and methodological directions emerge that reflect tensions between home-grown and diasporic scholarship, contending visions of nation, or new positions of identification. Mindful of these competing viewpoints, voices, and knowledges, the Philippine Studies Association (PSA) invites original presentations that engage with, explore, or bear upon, these directions. Submissions may be made under, but not necessarily confined to, any of the subthemes below.  Pre-formed panels are preferable.

Suggested subthemes Strong men, weak institutions: Political reform or reforming politics?

Islam and democracy: Vision or illusion?

The politics of heritage conservation: Whose heritage?

Human rights and/as national security

Social media and mayhem: Trolls, fake news, and alternative facts

Emerging trends in Pinoy popular culture

Gender and politics: Patriarchy and power in contemporary public life

Best practices and hard lessons in conservation and sustainability

Climate change and disaster (disastrous?) governance

Filling the gaps in Philippine pre-history and early colonial period

The South China Sea conundrum: Is there a way forward?

Filipinos abroad: Anxieties, identities, and identification

Literature and cinema in the time of Duterte

Urban solutions: Philippine cities and the localization of governance

Inventing “millennials”

Languages and ethnicities in Philippine media

Language and Filipino-ness

Disruptive technologies and the future of media

Art as defiance: Contemporary struggles in Philippine art

Martial Law and the struggle over memory

Authoritarianism as culture

Digital humanities and Philippine Studies

Internal security in the era of global threats

Debating Philippine education

Of origins and destinations: The continuing saga of Pinoy food

Integrating IPs and Muslims in the study of History

The future for K-12

From towns to nation: Revisiting mainstream historical narratives

Note to graduate students A pre-conference graduate research workshop, to be facilitated by leading figures in Philippine academia, will be held on September 25. Admission to the workshop is competitive. For successful applicants, conference fees will be waived. Application forms will be available in the PSA website ( on 15 January 2018.