KWF, Dr. Jose de Guzman Tamayo Foundation revitalize Pangasinan language, cultural heritage.

URDANETA CITY – A  conference on revitalizing the Pangasinan language and cultural heritage will be held at the Urdaneta City Cultural Center on November 8-9, 2007.

Sponsored by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino and the Dr. Jose De Guzman Tamayo Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with the Pangrehiyong Sentro sa Wikang Filipino, Pangasinan State University (Bayambang Campus) and the Ulupan na Pansiansia’y Salitan Pangasinan, the two-day conference is devoted to paper presentations and discussion pertaining to the Pangasinan language and cultural heritage; Pangasinan history and historiography; the literary and folkloric legacy of its people, and the state of literacy and education in the province. A literary contest known as the Gawad Komisyon 2007 (Wikang Pangasinan) will also be held during the conference.

The conference aims to bring into focus the linguistic, socio-cultural and educational practices of the people of Pangasinan; reflect on how these practices influence, and are affected by the regional, national and global cultures; chart the directions for research and creative work in Pangasinan cultural studies, advocate for policy changes and draw up long-term and medium-term programs in the cultural, educational and linguistic fields, and forge linkages and foster cooperation with the various stakeholders in pursuit of these plans and policy advocacies.

The conference is open to academic institutions, teachers, students, educators and other professionals, cultural workers and tourist officials, provincial, city and local government leaders and administrators, religious and lay leaders; and individuals.

Abstract of papers may be submitted to the program committee until October 18, 2007. The abstract should be less than 400 words; be original; and adhere to the conference theme and/or deal with related topics. Notice of acceptance of abstracts shall be on or before October 26, 2007. Paper readers to be entitled to honoraria must submit their full papers on or before November 2, 2007.

Registration fees: P750.00 for 2 days, inclusive of lunch and snacks; P500.00 for graduate and undergraduate students.#