by Otto van den Muijzenberg, November 11, 2008
The first Europhil conference (1991) was organised at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In a dozen panels about 35 papers were presented. All sessions were plenary, testifying to the relatively small number of participants (around 50). The delegation from the Philippines numbered around 15 persons. The keynote speech was given in the University’s auditorium for some 200 persons by then University of the Philippines President Dr. Jose V. Abueva.
In London, 13-15 April 1994 the organization was taken care of by the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. Thirty-three papers were presented in six panels. Sessions were plenary. Attendance from the Philippines was somewhat smaller than in 1991.
The third Europhil Conference took place on 28-29 April 1997 at the University of Aix-en-Provence, France with 102 paper-presenting participants in thirteen panels with several sessions each, a large (about 40) Philippine presence and a substantial participation from the United States and Japan. The conference was too large to continue the plenary sessions and three parallel sessions were introduced. Click to view 1997 souvenir poster
This continued at the fourth conference at Alcala de Henares, Spain, 9-12 September 2001 where again a large representation of Filipinos was present, as well as the participation of other non-European nationalities. Four parallel sessions were needed to accommodate 50 panel sessions with three to four papers each.Click to view 2001 souvenir poster
The fifth conference in 2004 doubled with the 7th International Conference on Philippine Studies (ICOPHIL) in Leiden and was larger again, with 7 to 9 parallel sessions (see separate report in 7th ICOPHIL).