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The 8th International Conference on Philippine Studies

Dates of Implementation/Duration:  23-26 July 2008

Partner Institution: Ateneo de Manila University, Philippine Studies Association


The 8th ICOPHIL aims to provide a forum for scholars engaged in research on the general field of Philippine Studies to:

a.) share their research and study findings; and exchange views, ideas, and information towards understanding/appreciating various dimensions of Philippine history, society, and culture;

b.) analyze and reflect on Philippine developments and discourses, and shed light on current-day Philippine realities for the purpose of reconceptualizing and/or charting new directions for Philippine studies in the 21st century; and

c.) strengthen collegial ties among Philippine Studies scholars, experts and specialists, and forge among the 8th ICOPHIL participants new collaborations and research partnerships to advance the study of Philippine national life and of the Philippines as a player in the global community.

Project Description:

Over 300 scholars and researchers from here and abroad are set to gather on 23 to 25 July 2008 in Quezon City, Philippines for the 8th International Conference on Philippine Studies (ICOPHIL). The delegates will reflect on the state and prospects of Philippine Studies in the 21st century as well as share their latest researches in their own fields of specialization under the general rubric of Philippine Studies. 

The delegates’ paper presentations are organized in 74 plenary and panel sessions. The 8th ICOPHIL promises an interesting mix of presentations from known and leading experts on Philippine history, culture, and national developments, to young, bright and emerging scholars on various facets of Philippine national life.

The three-day conference will be take place in two sites, the Philippine Social Science Council’s PSSCenter and the Ateneo de Manila University’s School of Social Sciences. Supporting the conference are the three top Philippine universities, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, and University of the Philippines; the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; the National Historical Institute; University of Hawaii-Manoa; and, Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte.

A cultural-historical tour follows the conference on July 26. Through the sponsorship of the National Historical Institute and De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, the 8th ICOPHIL delegates will have an opportunity to visit the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite and Museo De La Salle in Dasmariñas, Cavite.