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When Jul 12, 2017 - Jul 14, 2017
Where Baguio City
Submission Deadline Feb 6, 2017

Call For Papers

2nd International Conference on Cordillera Studies

“Indigenous Studies in the Philippines: Issues and Prospects”


The University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB), through its Cordillera Studies Center (CSC), will hold the 2nd International Conference on Cordillera Studies on 12-14 July 2017 in Baguio City, Philippines.

The conference will address the general theme of “Indigenous Studies in the Philippines: Issues and Prospects.” Although special attention will be given to the study of indigenous societies in the Cordillera region of Northern Luzon, the conference seeks to provide a broad platform for the discussion of other indigenous societies in the Philippines and elsewhere. The conference is thus envisioned as a venue for the presentation and discussion of comparative indigenous studies, highlighting various theoretical approaches and methodologies within and across disciplines.

The conference aims to promote debate and identify directions on how Indigenous Studies, as a distinct field of inquiry, can be established and consolidated in the Philippines, and to foster collaborative work between academics, civil society, and communities in the Northern Luzon Cordillera and elsewhere.

Proposals for individual papers and panels are now being accepted. Among the topics to be covered by the conference are:

• The place of traditional narratives in historical reconstruction
• Representation of indigenous peoples in orthodox histories
• Indigenous peoples as configured in old and new ethnographies
• Indigenous rituals in contemporary times: persistence and change
• Oral traditions and world views
• Traditional literature and literature beyond oral traditions
• Issues in the codification of indigenous languages
• The indigenous in media, literature, visual arts and other cultural forms
• Endangered heritage and cultural preservation: issues and initiatives
• Sovereignty and self-determination: resource management, land claims, economic development
• Indigenous knowledge/ indigenous science: ethnomathematics, ethnobotany, ethnoecology
• Indigenous concepts of health and wellness
• Gender roles and issues: status of indigenous women; notions of indigenous masculinities
• The indigenous in diaspora
• The sacred: spirituality and religious experience in indigenous society
• Issues on indigenous peoples’ education
• Studying the indigenous: western/native frameworks and methodologies
• Ethnic/Indigenous/Cordillera Studies: the formation of area studies

Proposals are not restricted to the topics listed above. Comparative studies and papers that contribute to the debate on theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of indigenous societies are especially welcome.

Individual paper presenters must submit a proposal containing (a) an abstract of not more than 250 words, (b) proponent’s résumé, and (c) contact details (institutional affiliation and mailing address, e-mail address, telephone numbers). Individual presentations should not exceed 20 minutes, excluding time for questions.

Organized panels should consist of 3 to 4 paper readers. Proponents must submit a panel abstract of not more than 100 words, in addition to separate proposals for each paper presentation (see requirements for individual paper proposals, above). Each panel is allotted 1½ hours, inclusive of open forum.

All paper and panel proposals must be submitted not later than 6 February 2017.

Proposals should be sent as e-mail attachment (MS Word format) to:

Notification of acceptance will be issued by 6 March 2017 or earlier.

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