Saturday, March 23, 2013

Step into the Earth Hour


It may only be for an hour but a coordinated effort would mean a lot.
Save energy for this brief time, be one with the other advocates,
and continue to fan the desire of making this earth closer to home.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Call for Papers for the 8th Nakem International Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii

 * during the 7th Nakem Conference

[Last year’s Nakem Conference was superb and with the hangover still here, let me share the recently sent information for the upcoming 8th Nakem.]

The Center from the Margin: Accounting All Philippine and Other Peripheralized Languages for Critical Education

Hosted and Sponsored by: The University of Hawaii Ilokano Program, Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America


The 8th Nakem Conference, “The Center from the Margin: Accounting All Philippine and Other Peripheralized Languages for Critical Education,” aims to explore the place of the Other, because ‘othered,’ languages in the pursuit of critical and emancipatory education for all peoples of the world. In addition, the conference problematizes the very nature of ‘center’ in the statist idea of authority, power, culture, education, and language in multinational, multicultural, and multilingual states in order to account the relevance of the ‘margin.’

The conference specifically aims to:
- revaluate the role of the Other, because ‘othered,’ languages in polynational states.
critique the prevailing view on the role of ‘national language’ and ‘national culture’ in a multinational country
- give an accounting of all peripheralized languages of the world as a result of official policies on education, culture, and language
- formulate a plausible and rational alternative to the center by recognizing the contribution and the ‘centrality’ of the margin in the lives and experiences of Other, because ‘othered,’ communities

Paper Proposal Requirements    

Paper proposals submitted for consideration by the Abstract Selection Committee must zero in on the theme or the specific goals of the conferences.

Apart from the theme, some topics for consideration are:
-    a critical history of the policy of ‘othering’ in a polynational state
-    the epistemic and ontological consequences of a policy of ‘nationalizing’ language, culture, and education
-    the center in the margin: the case of self-sufficient communities outside the center of power
-    critical education for democracy and the role of languages in and from the margins
accounting all peripheralized languages after colonization
-    the state policy of peripheralization and its implications in education, identity, and nation-building
-    the mother tongue and emancipatory education
-    first language and the educational turn in postcolonial societies
-    linguistic, educational, and cultural alternatives to the hegemonic center  

Only abstracts of between 250 and 300 words are accepted for presentation at the 8th Nakem International Conference.

Each abstract must zero in on the theme, or one or more of the topics listed in this Call for Paper.

All abstracts must be sent to, cc to, on or before April 30, 2013:
Notice of acceptance of abstracts will be emailed to conference paper proponents on or before May 30, 2013.

Notices will be emailed. Only e-versions of Notices of Acceptance will be sent. No other versions will be used; hence, all proponents are advised to have their own personal, or professional, email addresses.

Format of Proposal

The proposal, of between 250 and 300 words, must follow this format:

Name of Proposer:

Other co-authors (if applicable):

Institutional affiliation: (complete address included)

Contact Information:
            Landline:  (office, home, work)       

Abstract:         (Title, of no more than 10 words)

Abstract: (Content, including word count)

For example:
Name of Proposer:            Luis Borges (main author)
Co-authors:                       Pablo Nerudi   (if applicable)
                                          Susan Sontagu (if applicable)

Institutional Affiliation:
                      College of Education
                      Don Mariano Marcos State University
                      San Fernando City       
                      057-075-0770 (Tel)
Contact Information:
                      Department of Educational Foundations
                      College of Education, DMMSU, San Fernando City
                      0928-0928-928 (cell)
                       075-777-7777 (home/work)

Please take note that all abstract submissions must follow the format above. Proponents will be asked to choose only one presentation in case of multiple submissions.

Panel and Demo Proposal Requirements

For panel or demo proposals, each panel or demo shall consist of no less than three members, all of them working on the same theme, issue or topic but each speaker must present an individual paper. Two abstracts are needed: the panel abstract and the abstract for each paper, with the same specific requirements as those in individual presentations.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is April 30, 2013. Full papers, sent to conveners, are expected on or before August 30, 2013.

When Sending Abstracts

When sending abstracts, please put this information in the subject heading of your email:

Nakem2013-[your last name]-abstract, to wit:


Registration Details

Registration deadline is August 30, 2013. The registration form should be submitted and the corresponding registration fee paid. The details of payment are found below.

Registration fee includes conference kit and meals during the actual date—and only during the actual date. The cost of accommodations within and outside the University of Hawaii at Manoa will be borne by the participants, as well as transportation to and from the conference sites, and to and from the Honolulu International Airport.

Registration fee is USD 200 for all participants.
The registration fee, along with the filled out registration form, may also be handed to any of the members of the 2013 Nakem International Conference Steering Committee composed of the Nakem Conferences Philippines Board of Directors listed below. 

•Participants are encouraged to book their accommodation early.

•Only the actual dates of the conference—covering two nights and three days—are being included in the registration fee.

•The 2013 Nakem Conference Secretariat and conveners are not in a position to do the booking for these participants except for the actual dates of the conference.

•All participants will be accommodated at the conference venue, unless they opt to get accommodations elsewhere. Accommodation details with the East-West Center at UH Manoa must be personally arranged by the participant. We will give you the email address and contact number of the EWC.

•For logistical reasons, all participants are required to submit, by mail or by email, the confirmation of their participation by filling out the downloadable registration form.

For More Information

For updates and other information on the 8th Nakem International Conference, please contact any of the following:

•    Dr Alegria T. Visaya, President, Nakem Conferences International Philippines, Mariano Marcos State University, & co-convener, 8th Nakem Conference,, 0919-502-4767; or 0917-547-7723.
•    Dr Bonifacio V. Ramos, Chair, Conference Committee, Nakem Conferences, St Mary’s University, & co-convener, 8th Nakem Conference,, 0919-232-5776.
•    Dr Gloria Baguingan, Nueva Vizcaya State University,, 0928-786-8431
•    Dr Leticia Benabese, Abra Institute of Science and Technology,, 0920-605-3361
•    Dr Elizabeth Calinawagan, University of the Philippines at Baguio,, 0917-506-0080
•    Dr Josephine Domingo, Mariano Marcos State University,, 0917-648-6218
•    Dr Avelina Gatdula, Department of Education-Ilocos Sur,, 0906-368-7833
•    Dr Natividad Lorenzo, Mariano Marcos State University,, 0919-249-0282
•    Dr Marcelli Macob, Department of Education-Region I Regional Office,
•    Dr Andres Malinnag Jr, Northern Luzon Philippines State College,, 0917-504-2650
•    Dr Marie Rose Rabang, University of Northern Philippines,, 0917-861-3601
•    Dr Jaime Raras, Northern Luzon Philippines State College,, 0908-399-3077
•    Dr Noemi Rosal, University of the Philippines Diliman,, 0917-6101-604
•    Dr Jimmy Soria, University of Northern Philippines,, 0917-596-6628

For inquiries in the United States, please email:

•    Dr Aurelio S. Agcaoili, convener, 8th Nakem Conference,, or, 001-808-956-8405
•    Dr Julius B. Soria, co-convener, 8th Nakem Conference,, or, 001-808-956-2226

Conference Websites & Other Sources of Updates

Other dedicated social networking websites post updates about this conference: and the UH Manoa Ilokano Program website. Websites of institutional co-sponsors also post updates on the activities of the conference.