Engaged Citizenship and Identities
3 October 2019 | Pre-Conference Tour
4-5 October 2019 | Central Mindanao University

The Philippine Sociological Society’s Annual conference invites paper presentations on all topics related to sociological research. The conference is open to academics, practitioners, and graduate students. Exceptional undergraduate students may also submit an abstract. This year’s conference will be hosted by Central Mindanao University and Bukidnon State University. The theme for the conference is ‘Engaged Citizenship and Identities.’

The global re-emergence of populisms, the rise of various identity-based movements, and conflicts provide fertile grounds to revisit questions on citizenship and identities. The 2019 Philippine Sociological Society National Conference explores scholarly conversations that interrogate and unpack: discourses of “good” and “bad” citizenship; the various ways subaltern groups challenge the unequal distribution of rights, duties, and affinities; and the social, economic, political, cultural, and ideological conditions enabling and constraining active participation and agential identification.

The themes it aims to explore are – but not limited to – the following:

  • consumerism and precarious labor conditions
  • social control, conformity, and deviance
  • ethnic affinities and social heritage
  • imperial exceptionalism and post-colonial critiques
  • queer and feminist conceptions of citizenship
  • cultural representations and popular images
  • religious membership, moral discourses, and education for citizens
  • information, disinformation, and media engagement
  • citizens’ participation in disaster response
  • theories of identities and citizenships
  • methodological reflections on identities and citizenship studies
  • ideological and discursive articulations of rights, duties, and affinities
  • lived experiences, performativities, place making, and embodiment
  • social inequalities, social conflicts, and hegemonies
  • nationalism, regionalism, and globalization
  • democracy, populism, and political participation
  • civil society, contentious politics, and resistance

Aside from the keynote address that will be delivered by Professor Emeritus Randolf S. David of the University of the Philippines Diliman, we will also have three (3) plenary speakers for this year’s conference to provide crucial and critical insights about citizenship and identities. On the first day, Professor Wataru Kusaka from Nagoya University will deliver his plenary lecture. Professor Mary Racelis of the Institute of Philippine Culture and Professor Teresa R. Melgar of the University of the Philippines Diliman will deliver their respective plenary lectures on the second day.


Registration fee

The conference registration fee is Php 3,000.00 (inclusive of meals, snacks and a conference kit). To encourage more participation of new generation sociology/social science enthusiasts, UNDERGRADUATE students may avail of a reduced conference registration rate of Php 2,000.00. [Online Registrations]


PSS Membership

Professionals interested and working in the field of sociology and related social sciences are welcome to join the PSS. For membership, fill up and submit the membership form.


Gelia T. Castillo RICE Grant 2019

The Philippine Sociological Society invites applications for the RICE Grant for research and travel.

The RICE Grant honors the legacy of Dr. Gelia Tagumpay-Castillo, National Scientist on Rural Sociology and a former President of the Philippine Sociological Society (PSS). Her family entrusted to the PSS a working fund to start a grant program that provides support to faculty, students, and/or practitioners in the field of Sociology and related social sciences who are engaged in any form of research on communities and engagements benefiting marginalized sectors in the Philippines.

The GRANT takes the symbolic metaphor of RICE as a fitting tribute to Dr. Castillo’s excellent academic life-work in the field of rice research and community studies in the country. To give context, RICE stands for Research In Community Engagements, to further enhance and encourage research of any form in the field of community and engagement studies. In order to provide more assistance in the future, the GC RICE GRANT continues to generate support to draw in more funds.

If interested, please see the guidelines and application form in our website.


Accommodation and Transport

Accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Participants should make their own arrangements. We shall make further announcements about possible hotel and transportation options for all of you.


Pre-conference tour

The conference will begin with a tour of Bukidnon on 03 October 2019. The schedule will be as follows:

Conference Day 0 – Tour
(03 October 2019)

7:00 am – 8:00 am – Registration of Participants in CMU Campus

8:00 am – 11:00 am – Monastery of Transfigurations; Tagolwanen Weavers; BSU Museum; Kaamulan Grounds/Folk Arts Theater

11 am – 1:30 pm – Lake Apo [Lunch]

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Quezon Overview

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Fulbright Gardens, CMU Campus – end of tour

To all those who wish to join, please confirm by sending an email to Rocelito Duropan at rocelitoduropan25@gmail.com. The fee for the tour is 1000 Php (including food and entrance fees).


CHED Endorsement

The conference is officially endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education [CHED]. To download the CHED endorsement letter, click here.

Key Dates

Deadline for abstract submission and panel proposals15 August
Announcement of accepted papers and panels20 August
Deadline for travel grant application2 September
Announcement of successful travel grant application6 September
Deadline to confirm participation in the conference15 September
Deadline to confirm participation in the pre-conference tour1 October

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