Monday, November 28, 2011

Aghamtao 20 (Special Issue)

Aghamtao: Journal of the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (UGAT) / Anthropological Association of the Philippines
Aghamtao 20 (Special Issue) / 2011


Bakit UGAT?
Ponciano L. Bennagen

Archaeology and the Public
Israel B. Cabanilla

Mga Apendise
Mga piling larawan ng mga nakalipas na kumperensya ng Ugat

Talaan ng mga kalahok, Unang Kumperensya ng UGAT (1978)


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Aghamtao 20

Aghamtao: Journal of the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (UGAT) / Anthropological Association of the Philippines
Volume 20 / 2011


Disenfranchisement qua paternalism: The non-Christian fiefdom of the United States in the Philippine Islands
Owen J. Lynch

The ‘gifts of the weaver’ and their becoming at the turn of the 21st century
Nicole Revel

The Catandunganons: making and seeing selves through the eye of the typhoon
Ramon Felipe C. Pasilan

Hinangan Bajau products: Samal-Bajau cultural creativity and preservation amidst ecological crisis
Robert V. Panaguiton

Pag-abyad sa altaran: Caring for the rice terraces in Tayabas, Quezon
Kathleen D. Tantuico

Transformations in Ibaloi gold extraction from the protohistoric period to the current era (14th c.-20th c.)
Michael Armad Paredes Canilao

Report from the field: Helping the Yapayai of Ilocos Norte to secure a Certificate of Stewardship – a case study of advocacy in anthropology

Ben J. Wallace

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

UGAT 33rd Annual Conference Call for Papers


Anthropological Association of the Philippines

in partnership with
Central Mindanao University (CMU) and the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC)

33rd Annual Conference
Aghamtaong Kaagapay:
Anthropology Cares for its Publics

Central Mindanao University, Musuan, Bukidnon
20-22 October 2011

Anthropologists here and abroad have increasingly recognized the urgent need to make anthropological knowledge not only accessible but also instructive to the wider publics to which it should be accountable. This is in part a way to dispel the stereotypical view that anthropologists are simply preoccupied with esoteric, distant, and exotic topics.

Over the years, UGAT has, through its annual conferences and other special projects, managed to set the stage for multi-sectoral participation in the discussion of compelling social, including political and economic, and cultural issues affecting Philippine society. We realize, however, that making anthropology deeply-engaged and relevant in the public interest arena has not been systematically assessed and may leave much to be desired. Anthropologists have yet to actively forge a theory and practice of public anthropology aimed principally at non-academic audiences, one that upholds the transformative potentials of anthropological knowledge.

We have to begin to ask how the current engagement of anthropologists in the public arena through rights-based advocacy, policy-making, institution building, media presence (e.g., television interviews, writing regular newspaper columns), signing in public statements and manifestos, conducting impact assessments, managing museums and cultural events, blogging, and other means of participating in the public sphere, have contributed to the practice of public anthropology in the Philippines that is simultaneously constructive, collaborative, and ethical.

This year’s conference invites paper and panel proposals that will generate innovative analyses and insights into the following topical areas:

•Commentaries on current participation of anthropologists and related practitioners in the public arena
•Development of processes and strategies towards greater visibility of anthropology and anthropologists in the public sphere
•Ways towards ethical collaborative engagements and critique between anthropologists and their publics (e.g., indigenous peoples, migrant communities, media practitioners, policy-makers, government officials, educators, health practitioners, legislators, lawyers, corporate groups, donors, dealer of artefacts, curators, and other interest groups)
•Constructive and collaborative anthropological engagements in knowledge production, application, and dissemination (e.g., census, social policy and program development, public health, disaster management, education, heritage conservation, environmental and social impact assessments)
•Critical reflections on rights/social justice-based community partnerships (e.g., issue-oriented mobilization, community-based development planning, and anthropologist-local actor co-authorship in knowledge production)

The conference welcomes paper proposals addressing issues outside the conference theme for consideration under a session on special topics.


1.Abstracts should strictly be no more than 250 words.
2.Authors must indicate the topical area in which their paper/panel proposals may fall.
3.Abstracts should be written in a style that is accessible to non-academic audiences.
4.Submissions should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information (e-mail address, telephone number, and mailing address).
5.Abstracts should be sent to by 15 JULY 2011.
6.For students, please indicate your intent to join the Student Paper Competition. The best entry will be considered for publication in the Aghamtao, the official journal of UGAT.
7.For other inquiries, please contact the UGAT Conference Secretariat at 0917-8452788 (Ms. Acel German)/0906-2285977 (Ms. Lauren Villarama) or e-mail address

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Emma Balmaceda

Dear Friends,

I do hope you still remember Emma Balmaceda. She used to be Sir Pons Bennagen's assistant at SENTRO. I recieved word last June 14, 2011 that she urgently needs to undergo chemoteraphy. Any help we can extend to her will go a long way.

Emma has a savings account for donations:

Emma V. Balmaceda
Metrobank, Kalaw Hill

You can get in touch with her at 0919 4383560. Likewise, kindly spread the word regarding Emma B's situation.

On behalf of Emma B, maraming maraming salamat!

Tuni Balisi