UA&P hosts int’l confab on Asian, Latin American studies

UA&P hosts int’l confab on Asian, Latin American studies

by Carlo Cabrera on November 15, 2012 - 3:12 pm

Fr Jose Arcilla of Ateneo de Manila University gives a plenary lecture. Photo by Carlo Cabrera


Last October 9-11, the 5th International Conference of the Latin American Studies Council of Asia and Oceania (CELAO) 2012 brought together scholars from across the globe at UA&P with the hope of furthering international ties.

With the theme “Strengthening Exchanges Across the Pacific,” the conference gathered foreign and local academicians to discuss relations between Asia and Latin America while seeking cooperation among the countries in the regions. The event was coorganized by the Philippine Academic Consortium for Latin American Studies (PACLAS), of which UA&P College of Arts and Sciences Vice Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Marya Svetlana Camacho is currently the Chair.

Around 60 participants from Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Spain, and the US, as well as representatives from local private and public sectors attended the three-day affair to discuss various issues involved in the history, culture, politics and economic relations between Latin America and Asia. In several panel sessions, scholars presented papers on movements of people, labor migration, transnational identities, trade relations and policy, the maritime industry, diplomacy, democracy, civil society, labor relations, environmental issues and technology. Plenary lectures were also held with Won-Ho Kim of the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and Fr. Jose Arcilla and Dr. Filomena Aguilar of the Department of History of Ateneo de Manila University. National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chairperson Ma. Serena Diokno gave a presentation on the NHCP’s Galleon Museum Project while International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) Roberto Locsin talked about ICTSI.

About 60 participants from different countries attended the conference. Photo by Carlo Cabrera

Authors Melba Falck and Héctor Palacios also presented their book, El Japonés que conquistó Guadalajara. La historia de Juan de Páez en la Guadalajara del siglo XVII (The Japanese who conquered Guadalajara. The story of Juan de Páez in the seventeenth century Guadalajara). The book deals with the life of a Japanese businessman within the commercial and cultural context of Guadalajara, Mexico during a time that is traditionally seen as “gloomy, closed and even racist.”

CELAO was established in Osaka, Japan in 2003 to serve as a forum for multidisciplinary research on Latin America and to promote cooperation with similar organizations devoted to Latin American studies. The first conference was held at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia in 2005 and, before coming to UA&P, the most recent conference was held at the University of Guadalajara in 2010.

PACLAS was established in 2002 under the auspices of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, as an offshoot of the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC). Its aim is to promote Latin American studies in the Philippines and to contribute to the revitalization of Philippine relations with Latin America through their shared heritage. Outside of UA&P, other PACLAS member institutions are Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, University of the East, University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Foreign Service Institute, and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

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