Revisiting and revitalizing PH-Spanish relations

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In commemoration of the 450 years of Philippine-Spanish relation, the University of the Philippines’ Department of History, in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, one of the attached cultural agencies of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), calls for paper entries to the 13th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Conference happening on September.

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Bearing the theme “Transitions, Trade and Transpacific Exchanges,” the conference engages cultural workers, historical researchers, the academe and other interested parties to discuss, mainly the maritime network that was formed by these two countries throughout the centuries.

Paper presenters are to discuss the emerging approaches and methodologies in historiography involving topics such as economic and social reforms; exploration, migration, and cultural encounters; Manila-Acapulco Galleon trade; biographies, narratives, and memories; life of seafarers, women, and deportees; issues concerning slavery, piracy, and contraband trade; social control and punishments; cultural assimilation and accommodation; various environmental hazards and diseases; maritime knowledge and technologies; laws, territories, and diplomacy; and archaeological discoveries pertaining to the Philippines-Spanish relations.

International experts from Spain and Mexico will join the panellists along with the best Filipino historians to discuss extensively the web these countries have woven with their trade relations.

In order to gather a significant number of materials and participants for the conference, the call for papers was officially announced last March 17 through the NCCA website. Interested parties may submit their 300- to 400-word abstracts along with their affiliations and a hundred-word personal description. Abstract submission is open to all and will be running until June 30.

For inquiries, contact the Department of History of the College of Social Science and Philosophy’s at 924-2966 or 981-8500 local 2126.

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