Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman will be holding an International Conference via Zoom,  "Scripts in Asia: c. 1500–2000," from 27–28 April 2021. The conference is free and open to the public, but Zoom account sign-in required. 



•  The Many Paths from Sound to Sign in Island Southeast Asia
Campbell Macknight
Honorary Professor, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University
•  Jawi: Script, Language, People, Religion
Mulaika Hijjas, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


• Scripts as Art
• Scripts, Conversion and Islamic Education
• Jawi: History and Collection
• Scripts and Cross-Cultural Contact
• Scripts, State and Society
• Scripts and Technology
• Scripts: Revival and Continuity
• Scripts and Christian Missionaries


To view abstracts, speaker profiles, schedules, and Zoom registration details, please visit the conference page. For inquiries, kindly email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Organized by the UP Asian Center, this conference intends to explore the impact of European presence in the various writing traditions of Asia. In what ways were certain languages and especially scripts privileged by colonial states? How is the transition from one writing script to the other reflected in the sources? How do postcolonial societies across Asia view or instrumentalize their varied epigraphical, textual, and codicological traditions?

The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D.  program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.