2014 International Conference of the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA)

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  • The 2014 Edi­tion of the Annual Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence of the Philip­pine Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Asso­ci­a­tion (PPSA) – under the main theme “Gaz­ing Out: Locat­ing Asia in the Philip­pine Polit­i­cal World­view“ – will be held April 10 – 11, 2014 in Iloilo City, Philip­pines at the Iloilo Cam­pus of the Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines Visayas.

    Con­fer­ence Theme

    “Gaz­ing Out: Locat­ing Asia in the Philip­pine Polit­i­cal World­view“

    Asia has been thought to be a region not only of robust­ness and con­ti­nu­ity but also of diver­sity and con­trast. While there are those who claim that the region may share long-​standing cul­tural and social tra­di­tions, it is def­i­nitely also char­ac­ter­ized by dif­fer­ences and divides. Yet so impor­tant is Asia to the rest of the world that the 21st cen­tury has been dubbed the Asian cen­tury. Has Asia become the pow­er­house that it was antic­i­pated to be? How can the rise of Asia in the late 1990s and the begin­ning of the 2000s be described and explained? What chal­lenges are likely to face the peo­ples of the region in the com­ing decades? Are its sub-​regions any­where near to attain­ing some mea­sure of effec­tive inte­gra­tion? What prospects can be antic­i­pated in the com­ing decades? What role do the major pow­ers play in shap­ing the way that Asia faces its challenges?

    In some ways the Philip­pines has become a micro­cosm of Asia. It has a bur­geon­ing pop­u­la­tion that is always on the move. Cul­tural dif­fer­ences are strongly evi­dent and deeply embed­ded enough to cause a degree of vio­lent con­flict and polit­i­cal tur­moil. Like the con­ti­nent to which it belongs, west­ern mer­chan­dize, norms, and val­ues influ­ence (if not per­me­ate) Philip­pine soci­ety; and yet it con­tin­ues to man­i­fest its own unique way of adapt­ing to such influ­ences. What can the Philip­pines and other devel­op­ing polit­i­cal sys­tems learn from the Asian expe­ri­ence? How should spe­cific devel­op­ing coun­tries like the Philip­pines attempt to unravel the ‘secrets’ of Asia’s suc­cesses and challenges?

    Co-​organized with the Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines Visayas, the 2014 Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence of the Philip­pine Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Asso­ci­a­tion (PPSA) will explore and inter­ro­gate how the Philip­pines looks upon Asia. It will attempt to exam­ine the lessons that can be learned in terms of how Asia has man­aged to over­come the chal­lenges fac­ing it and the rest of the world such as eco­nomic crises, ter­ror­ism, democ­racy and human rights, among oth­ers. The 2014 PPSA Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence intends to show­case dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives in the way that Asia is depicted effec­tively deter­min­ing how the region is ‘mir­rored’ by itself. The Con­fer­ence also pro­vides a venue in which to reflect on the pre­vi­ous and present con­tri­bu­tions of the dis­ci­pline as step­ping stones in chart­ing new direc­tions in the field of polit­i­cal sci­ence. More impor­tantly, it aims to pro­mote a devel­op­ing coun­try per­spec­tive of a region as vast and as com­plex as Asia. Schol­ars, activists, and other pub­lic intel­lec­tu­als from the Philip­pines, Asia, and else­where are encour­aged to participate.

    As with the pre­vi­ous PPSA con­fer­ences, the 2014 PPSA Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence fore­sees the par­tic­i­pa­tion of around 150 aca­d­e­mics, researchers, and pub­lic intel­lec­tu­als as well as well-​known pol­icy and opin­ion mak­ers and social move­ment and civil soci­ety play­ers on 10 – 11 April 2014 in Iloilo City with UP Visayas as its local partner.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    The top­ics can cover (but are not lim­ited to) the following:

    • Defin­ing Asia
    • ASEAN Inte­gra­tion: Will be or will not be?
    • Japan: An Asian Has-​Been?
    • Quo Vadis China?
    • Pol­i­tics in West Asia: Inter­ro­gat­ing the Arab Spring
    • Pol­i­tics and Prospects in South Asia
    • Social Media in Asia: Prospects and Perils
    • Eco­nomic Pros­per­ity and Institutions
    • Pol­i­tics and Social Devel­op­ment in Asia

    In addi­tion to the above research pan­els the con­fer­ence also allows for ped­a­gog­i­cal pan­els that can include the following:

    • Com­par­a­tive Pol­i­tics and Area Studies
    • Doing Research in Asia
    • Regional Sit­u­a­tions (North­east, South­east, West, South, and Cen­tral Asian Perspectives)
    • Per­spec­tives on Asian Social Movements

    For indi­vid­ual pre­sen­ta­tions kindly sub­mit your abstracts (max­i­mum of 500 words) con­tain­ing the research question(s) and research method(s) to be pre­sented. Panel pro­pos­als should also con­tain a panel descrip­tion of not more than 500 words, aside from the indi­vid­ual abstracts of the papers included in the panel. Pro­pos­als will be peer reviewed.

    Con­fer­ence Fees

    All par­tic­i­pants includ­ing paper pre­sen­ters and role play­ers are required to pay the con­fer­ence fee of PHP 3,500. An early bird rate of PHP 3,000 is avail­able for all those who will reg­is­ter on or before 28 Feb­ru­ary 2014. Grad­u­ate stu­dents can avail of the dis­counted rate of PHP 1,500 upon pre­sen­ta­tion of proof of enrol­ment and school identification.

    Fur­ther Inquiries

    For fur­ther inquiries on the arrange­ments for the con­fer­ence (aside from paper or panel pro­pos­als), please con­tact Anto­nio Con­tr­eras.


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