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Events: Critical Island Studies: The Islandic, Archipelagic, and Oceanic


Critical Island Studies: The Islandic, Archipelagic, and Oceanic is the inaugural conference of an inter-institutional consortium that aims to develop critical and comparative island studies of Southeast Asia, in particular, and the Asia-Pacific, in general. The conference—which will be held in Manila, Philippines, and hosted by Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST)—will be on November 27, 2019 (UST) and November 28 and 29, 2019 (ADMU). 

Institutions in the consortium are Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines Diliman, University of San Carlos, Universitas Kristen Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Sanata Dharma, Universitas Indonesia, and Konkuk University.

About the conference

The conference explores established and emerging issues, theories, methodologies, and practices in critical island studies. Focusing on concepts of the islandic, archipelagic, and oceanic, the conference accounts for the field's interdisciplinary historical formation, while examining its manifold scholarly and creative practices and possibilities within and across Asia. The conference will be of interest to researchers and practitioners in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; topics include, but are not limited to, islandscapes, seascapes, and littorals; borders and contact zones; international, national, imperial, regional, cultural and language formations; and bio- and cultural diversity.

Registration procedures

To register, fill out the form and complete the payment process. Walk-in attendees may not be accommodated once the maximum capacity of the venue is reached.

Registration Forms:
For Consortium Members
For Faculty/Professionals
For Students
For ADMU and UST undergraduate students

Conference schedule (subject to change)

DAY 1: Nov. 27, 2019 / University of Santo Tomas (Dr. George S.K. Ty Hall, 4th Floor, UST Blessed Buenaventura Garcia Paredes O.P. Building)
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Registration
10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Jesus M. Miranda, OP (Secretary-General, University of Santo Tomas)
10:10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Keynotes on the Theme of the Conference
Vincenz Serrano (Editor-in-Chief of Kritika Kultura, Ateneo de Manila University)
Maria Luisa Torres Reyes (Scholar-in-Residence at University of Santo Tomas and Editor-in-Chief of UNITAS)
10.20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Introduction of the Plenary Lecturer
Joyce L. Arriola (Director of the Research Center for Culture, Arts, and Humanities, University of Santo Tomas)
10:30 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
Plenary Lecture
Elmo Gonzaga (Chinese University of Hong Kong): Be Water as Method in Southeast Asian Critical Humanities: From Cultural Logistics to Protest Aesthetics
11:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Open Forum
11:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Closing Remarks
Michael Anthony C. Vasco (Dean of the Graduate Sschool, University of Santo Tomas)
11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Performance by the University of Santo Tomas Guitar Octet
12:00 p.m.Fellowship Lunch and Tourism; Fellowship Dinner with a poetry reading by Danton Remoto (invitees only)
Master of Ceremonies: Edward C. Padilla
DAY 2: Nov. 28, 2019 / Ateneo de Manila University (Ricardo & Dr. Rosita Leong Hall Auditorium)
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Registration
9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.National Anthem
9:05 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.Opening Remarks
 Ma. Louise Antonette De Las Peñas (Associate Dean for Research and Creative Work, Ateneo de Manila University)
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Keynote Lecture
 Rowena Boquiren (University of the Philippines Baguio [ret.]): Exploring Trajectories in Critical Islands and Mindscapes
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Session 1
1.1: Ivery del Campo (Ateneo de Manila University): The Psychogeography of Boracay Island
1.2: Saras Dewi (Universitas Indonesia): Social Ecological Justice in Indonesia Case Study: Benoa Bay Bali
1.3: Iping Liang (National Taiwan Normal University): Island Encounters: A Comparison of Global Indigeneities between Taiwan and the Americas
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Session 2
2.1: Oscar V. Campomanes (Ateneo de Manila University): The “Strategic Island Concept”:The Historical Precedents of the Philippines and Hongkong
2.2: Agus Suwignyo (Universitas Gadjah Mada): Latinization of Scripts in Indonesia and the Philippines
2.3: Jinhyoung Lee (Konkuk University): Geopolitical Configuration of “Island” in Colonial Joseon
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Session 3
3.1: Lily Yulianti Farid (Makassar International Writers Festival): Stories of Five New Islands
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Session 4
4.1: Tatang Iskarna (Universitas Sanata Dharma): Ethno-nationalism of Papuan People as the Result of Marginalization in Papua Island as Represented in Three Papuan Cyber Poems
4.2: Paulus Sarwoto (Universitas Sanata Dharma): The Dialectic of Prospero/Caliban: Figuration across Oceanic Islands
4.3: Faruk (Universitas Gadjah Mada): What Is in Between Islands in the Stream?: A Reflection on Pramoedya Ananta Toer's
Reverse Flow
7:00 p.m.Fellowship Dinner (invitees only)
Master of Ceremonies: Maria Socorro Q. Perez and Francis Sollano
DAY 3: Nov. 29, 2019 / Ateneo de Manila University (Ricardo & Dr. Rosita Leong Hall Auditorium)
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Registration
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Lecture
Alex Taek-Gwang Lee (Kyung Hee University): Faciality and Masks: Fanon with Deleuze
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Session 5
5.1: Christian Jil R. Benitez (Ateneo de Manila University): Toward a Concept of Pulo: A Metonym
5.2: Setiadi (Universitas Gadjah Mada): “More People Coming, Life is Harder”: Migration and Marginalisation toward Sumuri’s People in the Island of Papua
5.3: Susanne Sitohang (Universitas Kristen Indonesia) and Benedicta Stella Fortunae (Universitas Kristen Indonesia): The Wisdom of Mother Earth Found in Indonesian Folktales in the Perception of Children in Cawang Ceria Community: A Showcase of the Use of Storytelling in Preserving Local Values to Children
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Session 6
6.1: Novita Dewi (Universitas Sanata Dharma): Old Men and the Seas: Rethinking Nation and Masculinity in Folktales from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines
6.2: Timothy F. Ong (University of the Philippines Diliman): Erotics of Insularity: Binukot Discourse as a Study in Nesology
6.3: Wening Udasmoro (Universitas Gadjah Mada): From Conflict Actors to Peacebuilders: Masculinity in Post-Conflict Ambonese Art and Literature
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Session 7
7.1: Gutierrez Mangansakan II (Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival): Representations of the Bangsa Moro in Philippine Cinema
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Session 8
8.1: Ied Veda R. Sitepu (Universitas Kristen Indonesia) and Mike Wijaya Saragih (Universitas Kristen Indonesia): Fostering the Indonesian Maritime Concepts and Perspectives through Cultural and Literary Studies
8.2: Mala Hernawati (Universitas Gadjah Mada) The Sea Is Calling When the Island Is Raging: Ecofeminist Reading of Disney’s
8.3: Inseop Shin (Konkuk University): Islands in Korean Movies: About Immobility of Isolation
6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Jonathan Chua (Dean of the School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University)
7:00 p.m.Fellowship Dinner (invitees only)
Master of Ceremonies: Maria Socorro Q. Perez and Francis Sollano

Bionotes and Abstracts

Conference fees

Type of ParticipantDays of AttendanceUntil October 31, 2019From November 1 to 13, 2019From November 14 to 29, 2019Inclusions
Consortium Members
Nov 27, 28 & 294,000.004,000.005,000.00Conference Kit, Meals, Certificate
Nov 27 & 282,100.002,100.002,600.00Conference Kit
Nov 27 & 292,100.002,100.002,600.00Conference Kit
Nov 27, 28 & 294,500.005,000.005,500.00Conference Kit, Meals, Certificate
Nov 27 & 282,350.002,600.002,850.00Conference Kit
Nov 27 & 292,350.002,600.002,850.00Conference Kit
Nov 27, 28 & 293,000.003,500.004,000.00Conference Kit, Meals, Certificate
Nov 27 & 281,600.001,850.002,100.00Conference Kit
Nov 27 & 291,600.001,850.002,100.00Conference Kit

Payment options

1. Cash Payment at ADMU Journals Office

Payment must be made in cash at Room 102, Bellarmine Hall, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, 1108, Philippines during office hours (M-F, 8am-12pm and 1-5pm) on or before the deadline indicated in the registration form.

2. Cash or Check Payment via Metrobank Bills Payment Facility

Payment may be in cash or check at any Metrobank branch in the Philippines at least one banking day before the deadline indicated in the registration form.

The following must be written on the Payment Slip:
COMPANY NAME: Ateneo de Manila University
SUBSCRIBER NAME: <Name of Conference Participant>
SUBSCRIBER NO: 123-078-017

3. Online Payment

Fill out the registration form and proceed to payment.
System accepts major credit cards.

For inquiries, email kk.soh@ateneo.edu (subject heading: Critical Island Studies).