Exchange and Change: The Philippines and Filipinos in the World

Country: Australia

City: Canberra

Abstr. due: 12.09.2014

Dates: 12.09.14 — 14.09.14

Area Of Sciences: Geography; Political science;

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Organizers: School of Culture, History and Language The Australian National University


Geography, trade and colonialism have historically placed the Philippines at the crossroads of societies in Asia and beyond.  While cultures that have come to, transited through and colonized the Philippines have left their mark on local ideas, languages, material culture and perceptions, Filipinos who have left the Philippines on the backs of these interactions have also brought change with them to their adopted communities overseas.  This conference seeks to explore the means and impacts of these exchanges in the past and in the contemporary world. While much scholarly and popular attention has been paid to colonial exchanges, others means, such as trade, migration, regional cooperation, disasters and development have had their effects on changes in the Philippines, Filipinos and the societies that interact with them. Notions of race, identity, nation and nationalism, political practice, ideals of leadership and language are but a few areas where cultural interaction and exchange has had its impact.  While the influence of foreign societies have been evident in the Philippine mass media of the past, the Philippines’ own mass media has begun to export its product to other regions in Asia and the Pacific.  The scope of the topics need not be limited to those dealing with Filipinos within the Philippines, but any locale where Filipinos have settled, migrated or worked through time.  Themes can include but are not limited to:

Commercial exchange and material culture

Genetic change and mixed marriage

Linguistic change

Regional security

Disasters and Migration

Economic migration

National policies, decision making processes

Philippine media, celebrities and public figures on the world stage

Changing international, national and local power structures

Colonial exchanges

Natural resource sharing, agricultural and fisheries exchanges

Second generation immigrants overseas and in the Philippines

Filipino communities overseas and their impacts on host societies


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