8th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Inter-University Conference on Social Developmen (8th ASEAN IUC)

Venue: Century Park Hotel

Location: Manila, Philippines

Event Date/Time: May 28, 2008 End Date/Time: May 31, 2008
Registration Date: May 20, 2008
Early Registration Date: Mar 30, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 31, 2007
Paper Submission Date: Apr 30, 2008
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Theme: ASEAN as a Community: Solidarity in a Globalizing World

The IUC is the biggest bi-annual gathering of academics and social scientists in Southeast Asia. Backstopped by its Regional Secretariat based in the National University of Singapore, the IUC has helped advanced the understanding of the human condition in all its dimensions in Southeast Asia. It is able to enlist the participation of leading scholars and researchers from different centers of learning all over the region, including those coming from outside the region.

As a backgrounder, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in its Leaders’ Summit in 2003 in Bali, adopted a historic vision to transform the region into an ‘ASEAN Community’. Based on Bali Concord II, ASEAN shall be an integrated community by 2020 built on three integration pillars – economy, socio-cultural and security. Since then, ASEAN, which is marking its 40th year in 2008, has advanced the economic integration program to 2015 and is now drafting an ASEAN Charter that will dramatically transform the ASEAN into a rules-based institution.

The academe, with its intellectual resources, can contribute a lot in

• Sharpening the vision of an ASEAN community,
• Fleshing out the plans and programs of regional integration,
• Identifying problems and prospects in the integration process, and
• Insuring a human-centered ASEAN integration.

However, the 8th IUC will be introducing another innovation. It has accepted the formal involvement in the IUC of ASEAN working people as participants. The newly formed ASEAN Service Employees Trade Union Council (ASETUC) based in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur shall participate as a co-sponsor. Through the ASETUC, other trade unions and civil society organizations (CSOs) or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the region (such as Asian Farmers’ Association and AsiaDHRRA) shall be invited.

The University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus through the College of Mass Communication and the School of Labor & Industrial Relations, and in collaboration with the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, will take its turn in hosting the conference.

Key themes for the 8th IUC
1. Art, Literature and Religion
• Literary as political: literary studies in SEA
• Role of arts and ethnic traditions
• The bible islands: new Christian movement in SEA
• Solidarity of religions and the global war on terrorism

2. History, Culture, Health, and Political Practices
• Inter-Southeast Asian cultural studies
• Us or them: critical social science in SEA
• History from above and below: delineating frameworks in SEA history
• Dynamics of SEA political leadership
• Cultural diversity and regional unity
• Balancing security and democracy
• Nurturing a culture of regional solidarity and people to people contact
• Shifting health and food practices in SEA
• HIV and health risks

3. Human Rights
• Anti-terrorism and human rights in SEA
• Building respect for human rights
• Humanizing migration and movement of peoples
• Peace and Conflict amidst Development

4. Identities
• Queer studies in SEA
• New Muslim identities and formation
• Women’s movements SEA
• Gender issues in SEA

5. Media and New Media
• Independent film cinemas in SEA
• Subaltern uses for cellphone technology and the Internet
• Asian telenovelas
• Law, media and the state in SEA
• Globalization and the ASEAN media
• Bridging the voice gaps: role of media and communication
• Films and Development
• Use media in PR and Advertising

6. People, Social Movements, Social Dialogue
• Fair trade, fair labor
• Peasant movements in Southeast Asia
• Migration issues in a regional economic community
• People’s voice in ASEAN processes
o Role of leadership, management and social dialogue in regional integration

7. SEA Economy
• Building fortress ASEAN: bilateralism, regionalism and multilateralism.
• Digital and development divides
• Turning the region green and sustainable
• Breaking the glass and bamboo ceiling

8. Science and Technology
• Technology and Distance Learning
• Technological Development in ASEAN contexts
• Role of environmental science in development
• Marine and natural resources for progress

The conference shall be capped with a dialogue among participants for the formulation of resolutions, research agenda and future plans. Selected papers shall be published.

A feature of the conference is a city tour or visit to interesting places in the Philippines.


Additional Information

Registration Fees For foreign participants: $200 (Regular); $150 (by March 30, 2008) For local participants: P3,500 (Regular); P3,000 (By March 30, 2008)