Disasters in History
The Philippines in Comparative Perspective
An International Conference-Workshop
24–25 October 2014
Call for Papers
The Department of History, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University and the journal Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints invite papers to be presented in an international conference-workshop on “Disasters in History: The Philippines in Comparative Perspective” to be held on 24–25 October 2014 at the Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines.
The conference aims to gather historians, climate scientists, and other scholars to present and discuss papers based on new research and perspectives in the study of disasters. Papers that are explicitly historical, ethnographic, and/or comparative in orientation are most welcome.
The conference is intended to cover the histories of various disasters brought about by earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, volcanic eruptions, drought, and other natural hazards as historically experienced by various groups, classes, and communities in the Philippines and other parts of Asia Pacific. We invite papers that offer comparative perspectives on how different societies with differing levels of vulnerability have prepared for, confronted, experienced, and moved on from disasters in different historical periods. Papers dealing with other parts of Asia Pacific are encouraged to relate the discussion to the Philippines.
The conference aims to foster closer academic and scholarly ties and relationships between and among scholars in the Philippines and Asia who are engaged in similar and parallel projects that study disasters in history.
Selected papers that pass the refereeing system will be included in a special issue of Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, the quarterly published by the Ateneo de Manila University since 1953. Articles in this journal are indexed and abstracted in several global databases such as Historical Abstracts, Project MUSE, Scopus, and JSTOR. Other publications may also be planned.
Greg Bankoff, Professor of Modern History at the University of Hull, will deliver the keynote address. Professor Bankoff writes on environment society interactions with respect to disasters, natural hazards, human animal relation, development, resources, and community-based disaster management. Among his various publications are Cultures of Disaster: Society and Natural Hazard in the Philippines (2003) and the coedited volume Flammable Cities: Urban Conflagration and the Making of the Modern World (2012). A recent article is titled “Storm over San Isidro: Civic Community and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Nineteenth Century Philippines,” Journal of Historical Sociology (2012). A list of his publications may be found in http://www2.hull.ac.uk/fass/hi
Interested paper presenters are requested to submit a 250-word abstract. Panel proposals are also welcome, and should include a brief description of the proposed panel as well as the abstracts of the individual papers in the panel.
Please submit abstracts and panel proposals by 25 June 2014. Submissions must be in Word format, and include the presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, and email address.
Inquiries as well as panel and paper proposals can be addressed to:
Francis A. Gealogo, PhD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chair, Department of History, School of Social Sciences
Ateneo de Manila University
Angelli F. Tugado, PhD <email@example.com>
Office Manager, Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints
School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University
Travel and Conference Subsidy
Participants are encouraged to seek funds for travel and conference participation from their home institutions.
Paper presenters will arrange their own flight and hotel accommodations in Manila.
Registration Fee (inclusive of meals, refreshments, and conference materials)
For Overseas Participants:
Early bird rate: US$ 70 (until 25 Aug 2014)
Regular rate: US$100 (25 Aug 2014–10 Oct 2014)
Late and on-site registration: US$120 (from 11 Oct 2014)
For Philippine-based Participants:
Early bird rate: P2,500 (until 25 Aug 2014)
Regular rate: P3,500 (25 Aug 2014–10 Oct 2014)
Late and on-site registration: P4,500 (from 11 Oct 2014)
Please inform the organizers by 10 October 2014 of any dietary restrictions so that special meals can be prepared.