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 welcomes abstract submissions for an international conference, "Sabang: Early Southeast Asian-European Intercultural Encounters," which will be held—via Zoom—from 18 to 20 March 2021.
PROGRAM TO BE POSTED IN DUE COURSE
  • About the Conference

    ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

    The word “Sabang” in Visayan and several other Philippine languages refers to the juncture of bodies of water;  it encapsulates the meeting of cultures and the centrality of the Philippines in Southeast Asia-Europe exchanges. "Sabang: Early Southeast Asian-European Intercultural Encounters" aims to discuss the varied cultural legacies of this encounter.
    While the conference’s inspiration draws primarily from the Philippine-Spanish experience, it also seeks presentations on and from neighboring Southeast Asian countries that: 
    • Highlight similarities and differences with the Philippine experience
    • Employ inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches to understand cultural exchange and hybridity

    Concept and Rationale

    RATIONALE

    The Philippines’ entanglement with Hispanic and Hispanicized cultures from the sixteenth century facilitated the flow and exhange of goods and ideas to and from Asia, on the one hand and the Americas and Europe, on the other. The Philippines, Manila in particular, played a crucial role not only as an important trans-shipment point for American silver, Chinese porcelain, textiles, and other products, but also as a melting pot of cultures. The 500th anniversary of the Philippine-Spanish encounter provides an opportune moment to analyze and reflect on the vaunted yet largely understudied intercultural encounters between Europe and Asia.

  • SUB-THEMES

    While the conference’s inspiration draws primarily from the Philippine-Spanish experience, we also welcome presentations on and from neighboring Southeast Asian countries that highlight similarities and differences with the Philippine experience and/or employ inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches to understand cultural exchange and hybridity. Submissions must hew to at least one of the following subthemes.
    Subtheme 3
    Emergent urban cultures
    Scripts and textual traditions
    Migrant and colonial cultures
    Resistance and rebellions
    Subtheme 2

    Exploration and travel narratives
    Language and translation
    Religious syncretism 
    Islamic-Christian encounters
    Indigenous diplomacy and treaty-making

    Subtheme 1
    Cultural hybridity
    Enduring pre-colonial traditions
    Maritime technology and culture
    Culinary exchange and influence
    Literary and artistic traditions 
    Photo credit: various images from the Murillo Velarde Map (1734); copy from Wikipedia; Library of Congress
  • SUBMISSION PROCESS: WHAT TO SUBMIT and HOW

    To ensure a smooth submission process, and to streamline communications later, kindly scroll below and submit/take note of the following via the Submission Form (Now Closed). NO REGISTRATION FEES.  Full papers to be emailed/submitted separately. See "Publication" tab for additional details.

    Full Name

    Full Name

    Reminder: This is the name that you want to be used in publicity and conference materials. You may include your degree (MA/PhD). 

    Your Zoom Email Address

    Your Zoom Email Address

    This is the email address you (will) use to log in to Zoom. A (free/basic) Zoom account is REQUIRED to take part in the conference. It's not enough to just download the app. You may create your account later, but kindly use the SAME EMAIL ADDRESS  you will submit below. The link to the webinar/conference—exclusive to— presenters will be sent to this email address. A separate registration link will be given to the audience (i.e. non-presenters).

    Title of Your Presentation

    Title of Your Presentation

    Kindly ensure there are no typos, grammatical mistakes, etc. This will expedite the creation of conference materials.
     

    Abstract

    Abstract

    Please limit the abstract to 300 words (maximum). Kindly ensure there are no typos, grammatical mistakes, etc. This will expedite the creation of conference materials.
    Also, kindly submit the abstract as one paragraph in the Submission Form; this helps make the resulting form more readable for the Secretariat.

     


    Brief Statement of the Argument

    Brief Statement of the Argument

    This should be a direct statement—in around 60 words— of the hypothesis/claim. This will be used for publicity purposes (website and social media).

    Bionote

    Bionote

    The bionote must state in paragraph form only the following: full name; degree/title; position and institutional affiliation; research interests; and a publication or two OR any other information you wish to include.
    Please limit the bionote to 100 words maximum. The bionotes of presenters—in part or in their entirety—will appear in this conference page and/or in publicity materials.

    Submission Form Is Now Closed

  • FULL PAPER and PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITY

    Full papers are to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 10 March 2021.
    A select number of papers will be edited/vetted for publication.
    Details will be announced and authors informed in due course.

    Full Paper Guidelines

    6,000-8,000 words, including references
    Citation style: Chicago-Turabian (use footnotes)
    Abstract and five keywords
    Author affiliation and email address
    If written in Filipino, supply an abstract in English
  • DEADLINES and DATES TO REMEMBER

    Abstract Deadlines
    Submission of abstracts
    Notification
    Notification of acceptance
    Submission of Full Paper
    Submission of full paper

  • Sabang Program 1

    PROGRAM

    The conference has three keynote lectures (see tab), and the organizers are planning three plenary sessions, three roundtables, and parallel sessions. It will be open to non-presenters as well (scroll down for additional details) This tab will be updated in due course.

    Zoom Requirement

    ZOOM ACCOUNT REQUIRED

    To take part in the conference, presenters must create and sign in to their Zoom account. A Basic/Free account will suffice; it's not enough to just download the Zoom app. See "SEND ABSTRACT" tab for details. Zoom webinar details for presenters (i.e. panelists) will be provided in due course.
    Wonder will be used during break times to faciliate interactions.

    For Non-Presenters

    FOR NON-PRESENTERS (AUDIENCE)

    Non-presenters (i.e. the audience) are likewise required to have at least a Basic/Free account to watch the presentations. A registration link will be provided later on, and non-presenters will have to register and provide the email address they use to log in to their Zoom account. Please join our mailing list and/or follow us on Facebook to receive updates.

  • MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

    The Successful ‘Portuguese’ Encounter with the Malay-Indonesian World of the 16th Century

    The Successful ‘Portuguese’ Encounter with the Malay-Indonesian World of the 16th Century

    Abstract
    The encounter of the Portuguese with the Malay Indonesian world of the 16th century was characterized by the complementarity of both the “white” or European Portuguese and the “black” Portuguese or those who were of overwhelmingly local Asian descent. While the former provided the model for Portugueseness, it was the latter who succeeded in blending it with local cultures that were crucial to the success of the Portuguese enterprise.  The ability of the black Portuguese to understand local perceptions of meaningful unities of bodies of water—what in the Philippines is captured in the indigenous term “sabang”—enabled the Portuguese to establish thriving international hybrid entrepots at Melaka on the Malay Peninsula, at Makassar on the southwest peninsula of Sulawesi (Celebes) and at Larantuka in eastern Indonesia in the 16th and into the 17th centuries.
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    Leonard Y. Andaya, PhD is Professor of Southeast Asian Historyat the University of Hawai' at Manoa. He has written on the early modern history of Malaysia, Indonesia, the southern Philippines, and southern Thailand. He is the co-author of "A History of Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1400–1830"  (2015)

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    Shifting the Entrepot Paradigm: Local Agents and Indigenous Voices in the Making of Manila's Global Connections, ca. 16th to 18th Century

    Shifting the Entrepot Paradigm: Local Agents and Indigenous Voices in the Making of Manila's Global Connections, ca. 16th to 18th Century

    Keynote Speaker
    Birgit Tremml-Werner is a lecturer at Linnaeus University in Sweden. She has a Mag. phil. and Dr. phil. degrees in History (with a minor in Japanese Studies) from the University of Vienna. She is the author of Spain, China, and Japan in Manila, 1571-1644: Local Comparisons, Global Connections (2015).

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    Dr. Rene R. Escalante

    Dr. Rene R. Escalante

    Chair
    National Historical Commission of the Philippines

    Rene R. Escalante, PhD is the Executive Director of the National Quincentennial Committee, which aims to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the "Victory at Mactan (27 April 2021) and...of the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world." 

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    All photos were taken from each speaker's respective profile pages

  • CONFERENCE CHAIRPERSONS

    Ariel Chair 1
    Ariel C. Lopez, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman

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    Noel Chair 2
    Noel Christian A. Moratilla, PhD
    Assistant Professor,
    Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman

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    ORGANIZERS

    Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman
    Asian Center,
    University of the Philippines Diliman

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    National Quincentennial Committee, National Historical Commission of the Philippines
    National Quincentennial Committee, National Historical Commission of the Philippines

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    Office of the Initiatives for Culture and the Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman
    Office of the Initiatives for Culture and the Arts
    University of the Philippines Diliman

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  • CONTACT

    Please direct all inquiries to the Conference Secretariat:

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