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Ronald S. Banzon, Ph.D. 2/F DILC Building Magsaysay Avenue corner Apacible Street University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City Dear Vice Chancellor Banzon: The University of the Philippines Center for International Studies (UPCIS) with the Korea Foundation will host the 2nd Philippine Korean Studies Symposium (PKSS) on 6-7 December, 2013 at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. The conference convenors invite Filipino undergraduate and graduate students, and academics involved in Korea research to submit abstracts of proposed paper presentations. As a meeting of Filipino and Korean researchers and academics, the conference provides a venue for the sharing of research findings and hopes to create a community of scholars in Korean studies. [APPLICATION REQUIREMENT] 1) ELIGIBILITY: Filipino scholars and PhD/Master’s/undergraduate students pursuing research related to Korean studies. The paper should preferably cover the following domains: • Language, Culture and the Arts • Urban, Environment, Spaces • Gender and Ethnicity • Polity, Governance, History 2) ONLINE SUBMISSION: Applicants should register online at and await a confirmation. The applicants can also send required documents via e-mail to The following information should be submitted: (1) Full name (2) Affiliation (3) Major area of study (region, discipline, etc.) (4) Contact information (E-mail, phone number) (5) Title of paper (6) Abstract 3) SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Abstracts and the online registration form should be submitted by 30 June 2013 (SUN) 4) ACCEPTED ABSTRACTS: All the abstracts will be reviewed by the paper selection committee. Selected presenters will be contacted individually by 15 July, 2013 and notified about the guidelines via e-mail. Selected paper readers should submit a copy of their full paper by 30 September 2013 (Monday).

All the chosen paper presenters will be provided with free meal during the symposium and be awarded the certificate. Participants are responsible for the cost of their own travelling expenses. All submissions and inquiries should be sent via e-mail to May we also request if it's possible for your Office to post this Call for Abstracts in your website? We look forward to your active participation in this endeavour of developing Korean studies in the Philippines. Thank you very much. 2nd Philippine Korean Studies Symposium Committee UP Center for International Studies Ground Floor, Benton Hall, University of the Philippines-Diliman Quezon City 1101, Metro Manila, Philippines -Web: -E-mail: -Tel: (+63)2-426-7573 -Fax: (+63)2-426-7573

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 2nd Flr., DILC Bldg., R. Magsaysay cor. G. Apacible St. UP Diliman QC. 1101 928-2889, 981-8500 loc. 2583

1st Global Conference Revolt and Revolution Monday 4th November 2013 - Wednesday 6th November 2013 Athens, Greece Call for Presentations While contemporary nations pride themselves of their political stability, the reality is that our world is continuously experience revolt and revolution. From the events of the Arab Spring, to the antiausterity street marches in Europe, the reactionary TEA Party in the United States and the progressive 'No Borders' global movement, the solidity that nations strive for is continuously being threatened. Such moments do not need to be political to have far reaching consequences. Technological and economic revolutions are continuously emerging - sometimes being embraced and other times resisted. As such, nations, societies and institutions are continuously changing as they are confronted with revolt, revolution and resistance. In this conference, we are aiming to understand the complex interplays between order and change. This occurs not simply in the political sphere, but revolts and revolutions emerge in the world of art, media, sexuality, gender subcultures and across institutions such as universities, hospitals and so on. We are aiming to explore moments of change that question and alter established structures. Particularly, we are seeking to gain insights into the source of such moments and how they gain momentum. Furthermore, how do established interests react and respond? How do conventional power structures change and enclose such movements? How do citizens and non-citizens shape these moments of change? Papers, workshops, performances and presentations are invited on any of the following themes: - Resistance today including Occupy Wall Street - Reactionary revolts including the TEA Party and anti-immigration movements - The neoliberal revolution, challenges to capitalism and the enclosure of the commons - Postcolonial politics: resistance, revolt and revolution - The politics and ethics of revolt and revolution - The Arab Spring and its aftermath - The role of citizens and non-citizens (including refugees, foreign workers and travellers) play in shaping such politics? - Revolutions in art, media and institutions - Revolutionary change in movements around sexuality, gender and subcultures - Power, discourse and language of resistance - Technological revolutions, piracy and the network society.

Such changes are happening all around us, and the location of the conference, in Athens (Greece) is of particular significance in the recent turbulent years that has seen the economic, cultural and social revolution of the European Union emerge and unravel. The Steering Group welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 14th June 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 13th September 2013. What to Send: 300 word abstracts or presentation proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract. E-mails should be entitled: RR1 Abstract Submission. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend. Organising Chairs James Arvanitakis and Martin Fredriksson: Rob Fisher: The conference is part of the Probing the Boundaries programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume. For further details of the conference, please visit:

CALL FOR PAPERS 8th Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference: Issues of genre have had long-term and continuing importance for the film studies field, but the concept has received little serious critical attention in the specific context of Southeast Asian film. The 8th Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas conference will therefore be interested in interrogating in the broadest terms the relevance and usefulness of the concept for the analysis of Southeast Asian cinema. We seek proposals both for papers that address concepts of genre, in a Southeast Asian context, from a theoretical perspective and for studies of specific Southeast Asian genre trends with industrial and/or textual emphases. Some possible topics for papers along these lines include the following (though the list is by no means intended as exhaustive): -Relevance of “genre†ン for the Southeast Asian context (e.g., are theorizations of genre based upon Hollywood examples still viable, or do they need to be reworked or jettisoned altogether?) -Redefining the concept of genre for a Southeast Asian context -Transnational generic exchange or flow -Reworking of global (Hollywood, Bollywood, the kungfu comedy, etc.) genres in Southeast Asia -Genre evolution -Genre mixing -Economics of genre in Southeast Asia (e.g., how genre bears upon production, distribution, exhibition) -Case studies of specific genres, genre trends, genre films in Southeast Asia -Genres specific to Southeast Asia -Genre and nation -Genre and issues of identity (gender, class, ethnicity) -National or regional genre aesthetics -Genre and censorship We also welcome submissions for the open call. Please check our website archives and conference programs for past paper topics as we are less likely to accept topics that have been covered before: Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30, 2013 Please send an abstract (max. 300 words) and short bio (max. 100 words) to: Sophia Siddique Harvey (, Khoo Gaik Cheng ( and Katinka Van Heeren ( We are currently attempting to get funding for travel subsidies and accommodations but cannot offer any as of yet. Khoo Gaik Cheng Associate ProfessorSchool of Modern Languages and CulturesUniversity of Nottingham Malaysia CampusJalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia.

Dear Colleagues, Dublin Institute of Technology is delighted to announce its PhD 2013 Scholarships under the Fiosraigh Scholarship Programme. The Irish word Fiosraigh, which means to explore or inquire, underlines the purpose of this scholarship programme which is to promote the exploration and application of knowledge. The Fiosraigh Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and research proposals should be aligned with the DIT Research Thematic areas: • • • •

Environment and Health Information and Media Technologies New Materials and Technologies Society, Culture and Enterprise

There are eight schemes within the DIT Fiosraigh Scholarship Programme. Each scheme has its own application process and terms and conditions and therefore applicants are advised to read each scheme carefully before applying. Further information and application forms are available at We would be grateful if you could forward this notice to any of your colleagues or students who may be interested in this opportunity. Kind Regards Gerolmina Di Nardo Graduate Research School Coordinator Dublin Institute of Technology 143-149 Rathmines Road Dublin 6 Ireland T: +353 1 4023374 E: Visit the Graduate Research School Website for all our latest news

Dear friends and colleagues, I would like to let you know about a few upcoming consultancy opportunities for Development Communication at ADB. The Bank is actively recruiting for two consultancy contracts at the moment (one for an international consultant and one for consultant of Filipino nationality). We are also asking development communication specialists to register in ADB's Consultant Management System (CMS) for inclusion in the roster of qualified consultants for consideration for future contracts. A very brief summary of each opportunity is below. I encourage you or others in your network to apply to any or all of the three opportunities and would be grateful if you could help us spread the word among devcom specialists in the Philippines and beyond. 1. Development Communication Capacity Building (project number SC102030 PHI, International consultancy contract). This consultant will design and conduct development communication trainings for ADB staff. Experience conducting training and/or delivering development communication strategies for multilateral development banks or similar institutions a strong plus in addition to excellent development communication credentials. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: June 6 2. Development Communication Project Support Consultant ( project number SC102048 PHI National consultancy contract for Filipino nationals only / 8-10 years experience) This consultant will support the development communications team in ADB's Department of External Relations in analyzing project needs and proposing possible strategic directions. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: June 8 3. Development Communication and Strategic Communication Specialists’ Roster (project number SC101890 REG, various levels, international and national consultants) ADB is encouraging specialists in development communication and strategic communication to register in ADBs Consultant Management System (CMS) so that they may be more easily notified and considered for future contracts to support communication on ADB-financed projects. Since this is not a call for a specific current vacancy but rather for consideration on a list of qualified candidates for future contracts, the recruitment level of the contracts will vary. Consultants of various levels of experience are encouraged to register and maintain their CMS registrations. Since the CMS system uses a key word search when locating eligible consultants, ***PLEASE ENTER THE TERMS “DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION” or “STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION” IN THE EXPERTISE FIELD SO THAT YOUR CREDENTIALS CAN BE FOUND WITHIN THE DATABASE.*** Consultants with the required skill sets who are already registered in ADB’s CMS are also encouraged to update the “expertise” field in their profiles so as to include these terms. For the full Terms of Reference and to submit expressions of interests, please log in to ADB's Consultants Management System as follows: · Log in to · New users can register as an individual consultant or as a firm Fill up the required fields (new users with past consultancy activities need to complete their CMS profile before lodging in their expressions of interest) · Indicate "Development Communication" or "Strategic Communication" in the expertise field · Registered users can express their interest in any of the opportunities available at the moment Search for the contract or advertisement of interests using key words and/or the listing numbers given in the descriptions below and submit an expression of interest. Thank you for helping us to get the word out, Regards, Charlotte Lapsansky Development Communications Specialist Department of External Relations Asian Development Bank T. +63 2 683 1538/1539


HELL ITSELF By Luis V. Teodoro DA VINCI Code author Dan Brown’s latest novel, Inferno, contains what’s only one of many comments, asides, and observations about the Philippines or something Filipino from such sources as tourists, journalists, book authors, and others who’ve either visited the country or read about it. Inferno’s heroine, British doctor Sienna Brooks, describes Manila as “the gates of hell” for its poverty, interminable traffic jams, pollution, and a sex trade among whose horrors are parents who pimp for their children. It’s a novel, and neither reportage nor history. But it comes pretty close to truthful journalism. Who’s going to deny, unless it’s Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Francis Tolentino, that the traffic jams in his jurisdiction are horrendous enough to try the patience of saints? Unless it’s Benigno Aquino III, who’s going to deny the horrific poverty of the slums surrounded by oceans of garbage that contrast so sharply with the high- rise buildings and humungous malls that are being built all over the country? And unless you go around with your own supply of oxygen, who’s going to deny that the pollution not only in Manila but in every Philippine city as well is thick enough to choke an elephant, if the Philippines had elephants? As for the sex trade, and some parents’ pimping off their own children, aren’t both in ample evidence not only in Manila but also in such tourist havens as Pagsanjan? But it’s not only the traffic and the chaos of Philippine streets, the poverty and the sex trade Western writers, journalists and pop culture denizens have taken note of. A 2007 episode of the US TV series “Desperate Housewives,” for example, put down Philippine medical schools when one of its characters, played by actress Terri Hatcher, suggested that her gynecologist had misdiagnosed her problem, and demands that she look at his medical diplomas, "because I want to make sure they're not from some med school in the Philippines." The Hollywood actress Lucy Liu, in an appearance at the David Letterman “Late Night” show of October 15, 2012, even managed to comment on Filipino complexions by declaring that “If I get really dark, I'll start to look a little Filipino, it wouldn't match. If I start getting darker, you know what I mean?” Both remarks, as superificial as they were, elicited outraged reactions from many Filipinos-- as did a November 1, 1987 Atlantic Monthly (now simply The Atlantic) piece by James Fallows. The difference is that Fallows, a Harvard alumnus and a prize-winning author, had enough insights into the Philippines for his observations to raise the hackles of people whose “nationalism” consists of a refusal to recognize what ails the country. Both remarks, as superificial as they were, elicited outraged reactions from many Filipinos-- as did a November 1, 1987 Atlantic Monthly (now simply The Atlantic) piece by James Fallows. The difference is that Fallows, a Harvard alumnus and a prize-winning author, had enough insights into the Philippines for his observations to raise the hackles of people whose “nationalism” consists of a refusal to recognize what ails the country.

Fallows argued, in his piece “A Damaged Culture,” that “the Philippines illustrates… that culture can make a naturally rich country poor. There may be more miserable places to live in East Asia-- Vietnam, Cambodia--but there are few others where the culture itself, rather than a communist political system, is the main barrier to development. The culture in question is Filipino, but it has been heavily shaped by nearly a hundred years of the ‘Fil-Am relationship.’ The result is apparently the only non-communist society in East Asia in which the average living standard is going down…. CONTINUE...>

“Most of the things that now seem wrong with the economy--grotesque extremes of wealth and poverty, landownership disputes, monopolistic industries in cozy, corrupt cahoots with the government--have been wrong for decades. "’Here is a land in which a few are spectacularly rich while the masses remain abjectly poor. . . . Here is a land consecrated to democracy but run by an entrenched plutocracy. Here, too, are a people whose ambitions run high, but whose fulfillment is low and mainly restricted to the self-perpetuating elite.’ The precise phrasing belongs to Benigno Aquino, in his early days in politics, but the thought has been expressed by hundreds of others. Koreans and Japanese love to taunt Americans by hauling out old, pompous predictions that obviously have not come true. ‘Made in Japan would always mean shoddy. Korea would always be poor. Hah hah hah! You smug Yankees were so wrong!’ Leafing back through Filipinology has the opposite effect: it is surprising, and depressing, to see how little has changed.” Fallows’ insights notwithstanding, the fact remains that if every government official, journalist or plain citizen were to respond to every negative allusion, reference to, or description of the Philippines, Filipinos or anything Filipino, nobody would get anything else done except issue protest letters and statements, write indignant editorials and columns, or draft manifestoes demanding apologies from foreign book authors, magazine editors, actors, and anyone else who has something remotely to do with the media, and therefore the way a place and a people are likely to be perceived. It’s inevitable that someone somewhere, particularly in the so-called developed countries of the West, would have something nasty to say about the Philippines and Filipinos, or anything else that doesn’t quite fit their concepts of how people and places should look, feel, behave, or even smell like. That’s because, let’s face it, not only is there so much to say about this country, the emphasis the Philippines puts on the tourism industry’s also an invitation for other people to assess what it has and what it doesn’t have. Nobody wants to end up bleeding in some alley without his passport and euros instead of having the fun the Department of Tourism is taking the greatest pains to advertise as this country’s offering to the world. But there’s also virtue in listening to others’, not necessarily foreigners,’ criticism, snide remarks, hasty conclusions, or even malicious put-downs. Whether as superficial and unfair as the comment of a character in a series that after all is about bored housewives (the country does have good medical schools), or as perceptive as Fallows’ piece, they may contain some element of truth, and should lead to some kind of selfexamination, and what’s even better, doing something about it. Filipinos can’t do anything about their complexions, which by the way ranges from dark to fish-belly white, but they can—they should be able to—do something about the traffic, the sex trade, and even the poverty. Otherwise Manila and many other places won’t be just the gates of hell; if things go on as they’ve gone on for decades, they’re going to be part of hell itself. --### Comments and other columns: and Luis V. Teodoro is on Facebook and Twitter (@luisteodoro)


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