CFP: International Research Forum on the Philippines (Melbourne, November–apps due Sept)

FYI, the Philippine Australia Studies Centre of La Trobe University will be hosting an International Research Forum on the Philippines in November of this year, in cooperation with the Filipino Australian Student Council.  This is not a project of AAS or PSG but may be of interest to PSG members especially those based in or traveling to Australia.  –Megan
The Filipino Australian Student Council – Victoria (FASTCO), in cooperation with La Trobe University’s Philippine Australia Studies Centre (PASC), is pleased to announce a CALL FOR PAPERS for the
Interrogating Paradoxes in the Philippines
23-24 November 2017, La Trobe University, City Campus, 20th Floor, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia
Philippine postcolonial realities reveal the limitations of understanding national territories, cultures, politics, institutions, and identities in either monolithic or dichotomous terms. The 21st century has at once constituted and been constituted by conditions whereby the Filipino people’s ways of belonging to the nation, the region, and the world have become more fractal and less predictable than before. Recent developments in the Philippines show that political, geographic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethical demarcations have not only become blurry but are also, and more importantly, constantly shifting or adjusting. This international research forum calls for papers from the arts and humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and engineering that explore ways to surmount totalistic perspectives about Philippine or Filipino life, and grasp the tensions in reconfigured or newly emerging issues on contemporary Philippines. We welcome scholarly submissions that address or may fall under broad themes such as, but not limited to, the following:
  • Globalisation and Localisation
  • Nation and Diaspora
  • Materiality and Intangibility
  • Mobility and Stasis
  • Innovation and Convention
  • People and Environment
  • Power and Susceptibility
  • Progress and Poverty
  • Secularity and Sacredness
  • Sustainability and Loss
Submission Guidelines
Submission deadline: 15 September 2017, 5:00 PM (AEDT)
Notification of acceptance: At least one week after abstract submission
Selected papers maybe invited for inclusion in a refereed conference proceedings 
Complete the submission through and provide (1) title, (2) 250-word abstract, (3) 5 keywords and (4) 100-word bio.
Kindly address all inquiries concerning the conference to the co-chairs, Oscar T Serquiña and Allen A Espinosa, at with the subject “IRFP 2017“.
Conference Fees
AUD150 – Professionals and international participants
AUD30 – Australia-based students
Free for FASTCO members

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