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PHILIPPINE STUDIES CONFERENCE IN JAPAN (PSCJ) on February 28 to March 1
2014/02/28 @ 8:00 AM - 2014/03/01 @ 5:00 PM
Title: PHILIPPINE STUDIES CONFERENCE IN JAPAN (PSCJ) : Emerging Philippines: New Frontiers, Directions, Contributions
Venue: Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University Kyoto, Japan
Sponsored by the “Southeast Asian Studies Toward Sustainable Humanosphere” Research Program of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University
Date: 28 February-1 March 2014
In recent years, the Philippines has attracted worldwide publicity as part of the so-called TIMPS (Turkey, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines) emerging economies, thanks to good GDP growth, a booming stock market, a first-ever investment-grade credit rating, a favorable demographic, an expanding service sector, and remittance-powered domestic consumption.
Along with the country’s better-than-expected economic performance, other ground-level developments with local, national, and transnational implications—a deterritorializing and reterritorializing nation, global and regional flows and movements of people and ideas and goods, a contentious civil society, a vibrant cultural and artistic scene, extensive experience with democratization and decentralization, rapid urbanization, strong religiosity, a record of popular challenges against the state and People Power popular mobilization, a historic peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front—have prompted reappraisals of longstanding assumptions about the Philippine state, market, and society. Yet there remain pressing questions of persistent poverty and inequality, gaps between regions (both subnational and supranational), a large informal sector, decline of agriculture, “predatory” elites, a “weak”/“strong” state, “culture of disasters”, environmental degradation, corruption/rents and challenges for governance, human (in)security, territorial disputes with China and neighboring countries, and fragile attempts at industrialization.
All of these developments have sparked a series of “rethinkings,” “revisitings,” and “reconfigurations” in Philippine studies and area studies more generally. These reassessments offer not simply case studies of localized experience of globalization, but potential for generating new perspectives for understanding the relationship among state, market, society, and culture, as well as nationalism, regionalism and regionalization, and globalization.
This international conference aims to highlight the diversity of perspectives, debates, and practices that go into thinking about—and rethinking—Philippine politics, economy, society, and culture in historical, contemporary, comparative, regional, and transnational terms. The conference seeks to identify new frontiers for research and specify not only the directions but, more importantly, the contributions of Philippine studies to theoretically nuanced and empirically grounded area-based knowledge that is capable of being shared with people from other regions. Rather than viewing the Philippines as mere example, we see it as offering an important site and standpoint from which to make sense of the possibilities, limits, and challenges of a rapidly transforming world.
The keynote speakers for this conference are Professor Resil Mojares and Professor Cayetano Paderanga, Jr.
For further inquiries please contact: pscj2014 at gmail.com
The Philippine Studies Conference in Japan (PSCJ)
The Philippine Studies Conference in Japan (PSCJ) was held on February 28 and March 1, 2014 in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University.
The theme of the 2014 conference was “Emerging Philippines: New Frontiers, Directions and Contributions.” The conference highlighted the fact that in recent years, the Philippines has attracted worldwide publicity as part of the so-called TIMPS (Turkey, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines) emerging economies, thanks to good GDP growth, a booming stock market, a first-ever investment-grade credit rating, a favorable demographic, an expanding service sector, and remittance-powered domestic consumption. These developments have sparked a series of “rethinkings,” “revisitings,” and “reconfigurations” in Philippine studies and area studies more generally. This conference aimed to highlight the diversity of perspectives, debates, and practices in Philippine studies and identify new frontiers and directions for research.
The two keynote speakers were former Director-General of the National Economic Development Authority and University of the Philippines Professor Cayetano W. Paderanga, Jr., and University of San Carlos Professor Emeritus Resil B. Mojares.
A total number of 180 scholars and students of Philippine studies from Japan, the Philippines, U.S.A., China, Australia, U.K. all participated in the conference. This conference, which is held every two years, is the third such conference to be organized in Japan. The previous two conferences were held at Tsukuba University in 2010 and the Green Place Hotel, Ichigaya, Tokyo in 2006.
Caroline Sy Hau