In celebration of the 80th birth anniversary of National Artist for Literature Cirilo F. Bautista, the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) of De La Salle University is pleased to issue the call for papers for The First National Literary Conference on Cirilo F. Bautista scheduled on July 9, 2021.

The conference aims to promote scholarship on the works of Cirilo F. Bautista in light of new developments in theory and criticism.   It also wishes to shed light on the understudied works of Bautista like his fiction, criticism, and even paintings.  In general, the conference addresses the gap on scholarship on canonical Filipino writers, especially national artists, like Bautista. 

Papers using various theories and approaches on the poetry, short fiction, novel, criticism, and nonfiction work of Bautista as well as on his translations and paintings are welcome.  Sample topics include:  narrating the nation and Bautista; the modernist tradition and Bautista; Southeast Asian archipelagic poetics and the “Rubber Tower”; the fjords of language; visual cultures and Bautista; histories and/as translations; gendered Bautista; the Cosmopolitan Cirilo; literaryscapes and Bautista; performing Cirilo; Bautista and the sciences.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Abstracts of 250 to 350 words must be submitted to [email protected].  Since the abstracts shall be peer-reviewed, the DOCx file must contain only the title, abstract, and key words.  In the subject line, please write “CFB Conference 2021.”

In the email proper, please write the following: complete title of the proposed paper; proponent’s full name; institutional affiliation (department/unit and university); and email address.

Abstracts and papers must be written in either English or Filipino and double-spaced using font size 12 Times New Roman, 1’ x1” margin, and the MLA 9th edition documentation style.  For the full paper, word count ranges from 4,000 to 10,000 words. 

Deadline for the submission of abstracts is April 30, 2021.

Accepted abstracts will be announced on May 15, 2021, and the participants are expected to finish and submit their papers by June 30, 2021.

For inquiries, please email [email protected].