FYI: Philippine Studies Conference in Japan, November 17-18, 2018

“Three Decades of the Post-EDSA Philippines: Continuity, Discontinuity, and Emergence” is the theme of the fourth Philippine Studies Conference in Japan, to be held at Hiroshima University the weekend of November 17-18.  The flyer below/attached has more information about the conference’s exciting keynote and plenary. Though the Philippine Studies Conference in Japan is not affiliated with the AAS or PSG in any formal way, active PSG members are part of this project too, and I’m grateful that Yoshiko Nagano is kindly sharing this information with us.  –Megan

Update as of Oct 3: The full program is now available.

flyer PSCJ2018




The Philippine Studies Group (PSG) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is again pleased to request nominations for the Grant Goodman Prize, awarded every two years for outstanding contributions to Philippine historical studies. The deadline for the receipt of nominations and supporting material is Monday 17 December 2018.

The Prize was established in 1990 with a generous gift from the late Professor Grant Goodman of the Department of History at the University of Kansas. The first award was made in 1994 to Father John Schumacher, SJ. Recipients in subsequent award cycles have included John A. Larkin, Resil Mojares, Alfred W. McCoy, Vicente Rafael, Reynaldo Ileto, James Warren, Nicanor Tiongson and Michael Cullinane. The Prize is intended to recognize scholars who have during their academic career thus far made a substantial contribution to the field of Philippine history or historically related studies. There are no citizenship or residency requirements; it is open to all scholars, across academic disciplines, providing their work is innovative and incorporates a strong historical perspective. Recipients are chosen by a committee selected by the Philippine Studies Group.

The committee seeks nominations for the Prize, which will be awarded at the next AAS meeting to be held in Denver during the week of March 21-24, 2019. Nomination must include:

  • A brief statement by the nominator about why the nominee merits the award.
  • The nominee’s current curriculum vitae
  • The nominee’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information

Nominations should be sent electronically and be received by Monday, 17 December 2018.

Submit to: Paul Rodell ( Chair, with an electronic “cc.” to the Committee members,

Nicanor Tiongson ( and

Michael Cullinane (

Cherubim Quizon (

Re-nomination of previous nominees is encouraged but should be accompanied by an up-to-date curriculum vitae.

(Attached please find the same announcement, in pdf form: 2019 Goodman Call)

AAS-in-Asia panel on food security and climate change?

Last week I shared an announcement about AAS-in-Asia.  Carin Gonzalez of UST has suggested a possible panel on food security and climate change.  Please read on, and contact her if you are interested.  Thank you, Carin! –Megan

“The panel that I am hoping to organize would hopefully be consisted of works on food security in the Philippines in the context of climate change. Essentially, the panel will present discourses on the link between Food Security and Climate change, localized experiences of vulnerability and coping strategies, and the varying factors that provide context to the Philippine experience.

“Keywords may include: food security, climate change, coping strategies, uncertain ecologies, agriculture futures”

Submitted by Carin Gonzalez:

AAS-in-Asia: Bangkok, July 1-4 2019 CFP now open! Proposals due Oct 22


It’s time to plan for 2019 AAS-in-Asia!  The Association for Asian Studies’ annual Asia meeting will take place in Bangkok, July 1-4 2019.  Proposals are due Oct. 22.  The website with full information is here:

Please circulate the call broadly to your networks; I hope we see a lot of Philippine studies in the conference program!

A few additional notes about preparing to apply for AAS-in-Asia 2019:

–Please note that for this conference, no individual paper proposals will be considered, only panel proposals and roundtable proposals will be considered. (Full details are in the call for proposals; see link above.)

–I am happy to circulate via this venue messages from those seeking to form a panel or roundtable with others.  If you have an idea for a panel or roundtable and are seeking one or more panelists to join, let me know if you’d like me to circulate a message here about it.  Also feel free to send me a message if you have a paper that you’d like to try to fit on a panel with others. Do not feel obliged of course–this is simply one of the many ways you might try to connect with others.  You can reach me at:

PSG sponsorship of proposals: If you would like the PSG to consider sponsoring your panel or roundtable proposal, please send a full draft proposal to me by October 10 (before AAS’s deadline).  PSG sponsorship is not a guarantee of acceptance, and does not substitute for applying directly to the AAS by its deadline, but PSG sponsorship is an expression of support from a community of peers, which the program committee takes that into consideration when making its decisions.  If you have any questions–or if you are ready to send a proposal for consideration for PSG sponsorship–please e-mail me at

Travel Subsidies from AAS:  All panel and roundtables proposals are eligible to request travel subsidies from AAS for a single panelist; these requests must be made at the same time the proposal is submitted to the AAS on Oct 22; no late requests will be considered.  For more information please see this webpage:

Let me know if you have any questions.  Happy panel- and roundtable-forming!

–Megan Thomas (Country Chair, Philippine Studies Group)

FYI: ICAS 2019; UNITAS journal website

FYI, below are are two separate opportunities that I’ve been asked to share with PSG members, FYI. (Neither is affiliated with the AAS or PSG, but I appreciate that Paul Rodell and Lulu Reyes are keeping PSG members abreast of these opportunities.)  –Megan

–Paul Rodell is interested in organizing a panel on the Philippines for the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) in Leiden in July next summer.  Paul would be especially interested in hearing from folks whose papers make a connection between Europe and the Philippines which would fit into the theme of the conference.  Please see the attached message from Paul, and be in touch soon if you are interested, as the deadline for proposals to ICAS is October 10. (Paul’s message is here: ICAS Call for Panel Participants.)

UNITAS Journal, of UST, has launched its new website where we can see the current issue, past issues, and read about the publication and its events.  Editor-in-Chief Reyes particularly encourages graduate students to submit pieces to the journal for consideration, as the journal hopes to encourage the publication of emergent scholars in its pages more prominently.