By: Dr. Sulpecia L. Ponce
In this short piece, Dr. Sulpecia L. Ponce, the Chairperson of the Sociology Department of MSU-IIT, reflects on their experience hosting the 2015 National Conference.
Hosting the 2015 National PSS Conference has been an opportunity to meet local and international intellectuals both in the discipline and other social science practitioners to discuss social issues that specifically have bearings on conflicts in different spaces. This year’s theme, “Sociology of Peace and Conflict: Contexts and Challenges” brought into the fore the various levels, dimensions and magnitude of conflicts involving different actors. The papers presented in different sessions exposed us to the theoretical, methodological and empirical facets and nature of conflicts and venues for articulating peace building initiatives and alternatives to peace despite the spheres of divergence and contestations. Indeed, the experience was intellectually stimulating not only for the professionals but also to the students in the field. In fact our MSU-IIT Sociology students were deeply grateful and honored to have been part of this professional gathering.
We would like to express our most sincere gratitude to the young and dynamic members of the PSS board through our President, Dr. Filomin “Ging” Gutierrez, who gave us the chance to host our national conference this year. This is also our opportunity to showcase the captivating tourist destinations of Iligan City and the rich cultural landscapes in this multi-ethnic spot of Mindanao. It has always been our goal to make the participants feel the warmth of the Iliganons, enjoy our breathtaking tourist spots, savor the cultural richness of Mindanao through the cultural night presentations while enjoying the exchange of intellectual discourses in the conference. We hope they all brought home a very memorable experience with us.
It has always been our pleasure meeting you and we look forward to see you again in the PSS national conference next year.