Nature Conservation and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in focus for the Sixth Interdisciplinary Book Forum


LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing will hold the sixth installment of the Interdisciplinary Book Forum (IBF) on 28 March 2019, Thursday, 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Room 1131 in Palma Hall Pavilion 1, UP Diliman. The book-in-focus for this iteration is Green Entanglements: Nature Conservation and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Indonesia and the Philippines.

In this book, Perez discusses the fraught relations between indigenous peoples and nature conservation efforts. She explores how “the social and conceptual boundary between the indigenous and the non-indigenous, the natural and the more/less natural, the global and the local, the industrial and the non-industrial, the modern and the primitive, only serves to perpetuate the imagined opposition between egalitarian, homeostatic indigenous societies existing in isolation in nature on the one hand, and hierarchical, fast-paced industrial societies that are linked through markets and media on the other. The boundary we set between these two categories is not a fixed boundary, but rather a permeable one. Yet, the ethnographic imaginary of the noble green primitive, static though it may be, lives on.”

The panel of discussants for the sixth IBF will be Dr. Gisela P. Concepcion (Marine Science Institute, UP Diliman), Prof. Gideon Lasco (Department of Anthropology, UP Diliman), Prof. Timothy F. Ong (College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman), and Prof. Sandra Roldan (College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman). The discussants will share their thoughts about the book, particularly as it relates to the nature and context of their respective disciplines.

The IBF is held once every semester and constitutes a vital component of the UP Likhaan’s Literature for Social Development. With this Forum, the Likhaan, in cooperation with the UP Press, seeks to provide an academic venue in which to realize the imperative for dialogue and intellectual engagement across the various disciplines. Being the center for the study and development of creative and to a certain extent critical writing in the UP System, the Likhaan is in a unique position to carry out such an important academic mission.

Admission to the IBF is free. For inquiries, contact the UP Likhaan via 981-8500 loc. 2117 or email uplikhaan@gmail.com.


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