SOAS’ annual Philippine Studies Conference with this year’s focus on the Cordillera, seeks to gather academics, artists and community groups in a 2-day Conference that will seek to showcase the cultural treasures of the region and cultivate an understanding of and respect for the identity and culture of its indigenous peoples.
The Conference is an interdisciplinary and intercultural event that will explore the mountainous region of the Cordillera in northern Luzon with its seven major ethnolinguistic groups – Bontok, Ibaloy, Ifugao, Isneg, Kankanaey, Kalinga and Tingguian.
This conference is interested in the ways in which cultural texts, material culture and transnational experiences represent and mediate the Cordillera. How are the region and its peoples represented in film, photography, music, literature, the visual arts, performance, and other cultural texts? How have Igorot community-based organizations in the diaspora sought to construct an understanding of its people’s sense of selfhood and belonging? How have these contributed to an approximation of an evolving Filipino national culture and a South East Asian identity?