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MISO 03.17.2015

The University of the Philippines Department of History with support from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, invites participants to the 13th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Conference.

2015 marks the commemorative year of two beginnings in the history of the Philippines and of Spain. Four hundred fifty years ago, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi inaugurated the colonial project with the establishment of pueblos, integrating the Philippine islands into the Spanish empire. Two hundred fifty years later, another beginning took place as the galleon trade came to an end: the Philippines was opened to world trade and began tot ake part in the thriving global economy of the 19th century.

Throughout this entire period, a diaspora of various nationalities spread across the Pacific and forged a maritime network within the Spanish domain. The transpacific trade that spanned nearly three centuries remains a significant part of the shared history of the Philippines and Spain and indeed, of other countries such as Mexico and China. For this reason, the conference will feature an opening plenary session on the galleon trade, led by a panel of invited experts from the Philippines, Spain, and Mexico.

The rest of the two-day conference will be devoted to papers relating to the conference theme, including but not limited to the topics below:

  • Historiography of Philippine-Spanish Relations: Emerging Approaches and Methodologies
  • Economic and Social Reforms
  • Exploration, Migration, and Cultural Encounters
  • Manila-Acapulco Galleon trade
  • Biographies, narratives, and Memories
  • Seafarers, Women, and Deportees
  • Slavery, Piracy, and Contraband Trade
  • Social Control and Punishments
  • Cultural Assimilation and Accomodation
  • Environmental Hazards and Diseases
  • Maritime Knowledge and Technologies
  • Laws, Territories, and Diplomacy
  • Archaeological Discoveries

Interested paper readers are invited to submit an abstract of 300-400 words along with their institutional affiliation, a brief description about themselves (100 words), and contact details,

Dates to remember:

Submission of abstracts 30 June 2-15
Notice of acceptance     05 July 2015
Full papers                 15 September 2015

For further inquiries, please contact:

UP Department of History
Conference Secretariat
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City
Tel: (+632) 924-2966; (+632) 9818500 loc. 2126