Sunday, July 18, 2010

Re: UGAT 32nd Annual Conference


thanks for the quick response - indeed earlier topics reflect the broad interests of the discipline. my suggestion was simply to include an open panel for those participants interested in giving papers that do not fall within the particular conf. theme. i appreciate the significance of this year's theme and look forward to the section on communication strategies since certainly the new media has been a major player in bringing global attention to issues regarding indigeneity. perhaps in the future we can discuss the links between indigeneity and globality,


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Re: UGAT 32nd Annual Conference

Dear Dr. Pertierra,

Thank you for expressing your opinion on the forthcoming UGAT conference. It may interest to know that UGAT in recent years has addressed burning issues swirling around the anthropology of governance, the cities, heritage politics, and globalization. This year's conference is in solidarity with the celebration of the Indigenous Peoples' Month slated in October. Please note that one of the topics to be discussed in the conference deals with "crafting communication strategies for IP rights advocacy", which perhaps might generate interest from you.

Very truly yours,

Eufracio Abaya

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Re: UGAT 32nd Annual Conference

dear dr. abaya & colleagues;

thanks for sending me the program for this year's conference - the topic sounds very interesting but unfortunately i am not currently working in this area. i had inquired earlier if it was possible to suggest other (broader)topics but it seems this is not possible. i accept this limitation even if it means i am unable to participate in the conference. however, from the program, a reader may get the impression that anthropologists only (or mostly) study indigenous, tribal or ethnic cultures. in fact, most anthropologists study mainstream cultures, including urban groups and even technological practices such as mobile phones and the internet. it would indeed be unfortunate if we give the general public the impression that anthropology is mainly the study of exotic peoples. this interest may have been the historic origins of anthropology but the discipline has long since expanded its research orientation, both because exotic peoples are rapidly transforming and going global and because anthropology is ultimately the study of the self (in its many manifestations) as much as, if not more than, the other. fraternal/sororal greetings from an old colleagues -

raul pertierra

UGAT 32nd Annual Conference 2nd Call for Papers

Dear colleagues,

Please find attached the 2nd Call for Papers for the upcoming Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao/Anthropological Association of the Philippines' 32nd Annual Conference entitled "Kalikhasan in Flux: Indigenous Peoples' Creativity in a Changing Natural Environment." The deadline has been extended to August 15, 2010. Please also note the changes in date and venue. The conference will be held on October 20-23, 2010 at Manila Pavilion.

We hope you will be able to disseminate this call to your colleagues.

Thank you very much.


Eufracio Abaya
Conference Convener

Rosa Castillo
Program Chair