The International Studies Department of Miriam College co-organizes the International Conference on Decolonizing Global Studies: Charting Trends, Mapping Trajectories on September 11 to 12, 2020 in partnership with the Decolonial Studies Program of the UP Center for Integrative and Developments Studies (UP CIDS) and the Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO). The conference aims to provide an avenue for academic exchange to advance decolonial theories and methods in global studies as well as strengthen a network of researchers engaged in the field of decolonial studies. In line with the conference, an academic workshop was held intended for early-career academics engaged in research that fall within the broad themes of the conference.
There were three outstanding keynote speakers who talked about “Theorizing in Asia” (Syed Farid Alatas, Professor at the National University of Singapore), “The Problem of Intellectual Decolonization and the Construction of Autonomous Communication Communities in Southeast Asian Studies (Ramon Guillermo, Professor at the. University of the Philippines), and “The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao as a decolonizing project and the
challenges of operationalizing genuine autonomy within a substate (Rufa Cagoco-Guiam (Retired Professor at the Mindanao State University).
Five interesting parallel sessions were held and facilitated by IS faculty, namely, Nassef Adiong, Frances Cruz, Lorna Israel, and Mel Reyes. These sessions include: (1) Some Building Blocks of the Decolonial Process: Case Studies on Media and Area Studies, (2) Modernity, Economic Resource Mobilization, and Decoloniality, (3) Gender, Identity and Representation in Various Texts, (4) Indigenous Peoples and Center-Periphery Dynamics, and (5) Global North-South/East West Encounters and Discourses.
The event was attended by almost 500 researchers, scholars and academicians from Europe and Asia. Several students of the International Studies Department and faculty of MC Higher Education Unit also participated in the parallel sessions.