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Nakem Conference Philippines to hold confab on May 28-30, 2008

THE 2008 Nakem National Conference will be held  at Saint Mary’s University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya  on May 28-30, 2008.

Dr. Aurelio S. Agcaoili, chair of the U.S. technical panel, said various organizations, academic institutions, individuals and cultural leaders in the Philippines and abroad are invited to take part as collaborators, partners, volunteers, and/or sponsors in this historic conference which will be jointly sponsored and administered by Nakem Conferences International and Nakem Conferences Philippines.

Agcaoili said Rev. Manuel D. Valencia, CICM, president of St. Mary’s University, has been designated as chair of the executive committee, with Dr. Miriam E. Pascua, Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) president, and Dr. Lauro B. Tacbas, president of the Association of State Colleges and Universities, Solid North (Regions I, II and CAR) and president as well of the University of Northern Philippines as co-chairs and Dr. Bonifacio Ramos, NCPI Director, and Dr. Alegria T. Visaya, president of the Nakem Conferences Philippines, as chair and co-chair of the steering committee.

The U.S. technical panel (from the University of Hawaii at Manoa) will be chaired by Dr. Aurelio S. Agcaoili, with Dr. Lilia Q. Santiago and Prof. Julius Soria assisting while the Philippine panel will be chaired by Dr. Alegria T. Visaya and Dr. Bonifacio V. Ramos.

On October 15 this year, the technical panel has started accepting abstracts for presentation at the conference proper. The abstracts should deal on the theme, “Panagkakannayon: Cultural and Language Diversity in the Imagined Ilokano Nation in the Homeland and in Exile”.

Sub-themes of the conference: Imagining the Homeland from Home; Imagining the Homeland from Exile; The Homeland as Metaphor; The Homeland as Psychic Space; Heritage Instruction and the Homeland; Multiculturalism, Diversity, and Basic Education;  University Education, Diversity, and the Heritage Curriculum; Linguistic and Cultural Confluences in the Amianan; Ilokano and Amianan Poetics: Critical Works; Ilokano and Amianan Poetics (Poster); Ilokano and Amianan Narrative: Critical and Creative Works; and Public Policy Intervention and the Preservation of Heritage Cultures.

 Abstracts in Ilokano and other Amianan (Northern Philippine) languages are welcome for presentation in the conference provided they  are accompanied by an English translation.

 While the technical panel encourages full and active participation from the participants, it reserves the right to exclude abstracts and presentations that are deemed not relevant to the conference theme or not in keeping with the guidelines and standards set forth by the Nakem Conference steering committee and technical panels. This is to ensure quality discourses and scholarship in the Nakem Conferences.

Papers for plenary presentation (for plenary speakers) are alloted 45 minutes, with 15 minutes of open forum while those for panel presentation in a plenary session are given 20 minutes, with 10 minutes open forum. Creative writing workshop and teaching demonstrations are given two hours each.

The participant should specify which category he/she wishes to join.

 For other inquiries, contact or email: Aurelio S. Agcaoili, [email protected], or [email protected] USA technical panel; Alegria T. Visaya, [email protected], Philippine Technical Panel; or Bonifacio V. Ramos, [email protected], Philippine technical panel.

Deadline for submission of full paper is on February 15, 2008. Authors of papers accepted for presentation will be notified by e-mail on or before March 1, 2008 by.#