Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints is an internationally refereed journal that publishes scholarly articles and other materials on the history of the Philippines and its peoples, both in the homeland and overseas. It believes the past is illuminated by historians as well as scholars from other disciplines; at the same time, it prefers ethnographic approaches to the history of the present. It welcomes works that are theoretically informed but not encumbered by jargon. It promotes a comparative and transnational sensibility, and seeks to engage scholars who may not be specialists on the Philippines. Founded in 1953 as Philippine Studies, the journal is published quarterly by the Ateneo de Manila University.
“Disasters in History: The Philippines in Comparative Perspective”
Was the storm surge spawned by Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013 totally unprecedented or did similar disasters occur 100 years ago? What did the Mount Pinatubo eruption in 1990 have to do with rats and locusts in the devastated areas? How were disasters reported in the news at the turn of the twentieth century and even earlier? What role did observatories and meteorological analysis play in empire building? What role did climate and disasters have in influencing or even shaping Philippine history? How do we reconcile a territorially delimited national history with the fact that political geography does not confine natural hazards to the nation-state?
These are just some of the questions that were discussed in the recently concluded conference-workshop, “Disasters in History: The Philippines in Comparative Perspective,” held on 24 and 25 October 2014 at the Ateneo de Manila University. Organized by the journal Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints and the Department of History, in partnership with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, the conference-workshop was a unique gathering of scholars and research scientists in the natural and social sciences from leading universities in the Philippines as well as Australia, Belgium, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints is published by the Ateneo de Manila University
ISSN: 2244-1093 (Print)
ISSN: 2244-1638 (Online)