Wednesday, September 21, 2016

UGAT 38th Annual Conference Call for Participants

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Ugnayang Pang-Agham Tao, Inc. (UGAT), the professional association of anthropologists in the country, we would like to invite you, and members of your organization, to the 38th Annual National Conference, which is being hosted by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU). It will be held at the Ateneo De Manila University campus in Quezon City on October 20-22, 2016.

This year, the theme of the conference is Circulating Anthropological Knowledge in the Public Sphere: Building Communities of Practice. The conference aims to discuss practices and relationships that contribute to the successes and/or failures in integrating anthropological knowledge into official policy and industry work.

We have a line-up of scholars who work in applied fields, as well as government practitioners to deliver keynote lectures. We feel that these discussions will be especially relevant to individuals in government, business, and educational institutions, as it addresses the nature of the interactions between anthropologists, on the one hand, and industry and the state on the other.

We hope you can join us in the conference and participate in the conversations on how to best engage anthropological knowledge in your work. Please see the attached documents for information on registration and accommodations in the area. Should you have any inquiries, please contact our secretariat at or at 0908-7784806 (Monica Santos) / 0908-8890203 (Joy Tadeo).

Thank you very much.


Fernando Zialcita
Conference Convenor

Jose Jowel Canuday
Conference Co-Covenor

Maria Mangahas
President, UGAT

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

UGAT 38th Annual Conference

UGAT 38th Annual Conference
Circulating Anthropological Knowledge in the Public Sphere
Building Communities of Practice

20-22 October 2016 
Ateneo de Manila University


Anthropologists are uniquely positioned to generate new understandings of society and culture, whether at the micro or macro-level. Such knowledge can be brought to bear on many contemporary problems afflicting our world today. They could also lead to more realistic policies. The conference aims to discuss how anthropological/ethnographic knowledge is, or is not, accessed as possible references for policies and programs by both the government and the private sector. It asks, what insights can be shared from various projects involving practitioners of anthropology? Saan tayo nagkulang?

It is time for us to reflect on how our discipline connects with various audiences within industry and the state. Have we been participating in the formation of key policies and discourses? How have we been listening to the concerns of our potential audiences, fmding ways to dialogue with them, building relationships and communicating the fruits of our research?

The conference specifically addresses the following concerns:

1. How policies and practices are formulated within industry (especially business and media), and selected domains in the Philippine state (the municipal, the presidential, the congressional, the judicial)

2. How these processes intersect with the key concerns of the various communities or audiences anthropologists wish to reach

3. The relationships and practices that contribute to the success or failures in the integration of anthropological knowledge into official policy and into industry

4. The perceptions of anthropology from the standpoint of practical industries

This year's conference will feature presentations that may shed light on the nature of the interactions between anthropologists, on the one hand, and industry and the state on the other.


Early Registration
(before 7 October 2016)
P3,000 non-member
P2,000 member
Pl ,500 student

On-site Registration
P3,500 non-member
P2,500 member
P2,000 student

To register early, please deposit the registration fee to PNB CA#39-335-930001-5 and submit your registration information (name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, home/off1ce phone no., mobile no., e-mail address) and an electronic copy of the deposit slip to

The registration fee includes the kit and food during the conference.

To avail yourself of the member discount, please pay the P750 membership fee along with the discounted registation fee. Membership includes a free subscription to Aghamtao, the official journal of UGAT.

For information on accommodations in the area and other inquiries, please contact UGAT at +63 908 778 4806 or at, or go to