UP Interdisciplinary Book Forum on Traditional Filipino Medicine Happening September 27

The UP Press and the UP Institute of Creative Writing will hold its latest installment of the semestral Interdisciplinary Book Forum or IBF on September 27, 2017 at the Pavilion 1131, Palma Hall, UP Diliman. The forum will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon.

The IBF series is hosted by the UP Press and the UP ICW to foster readership of new titles from the university’s press in different fields. The forum invites a set of specialists as speakers to discuss the book’s merits and importance. Previous installments have focused on books on science fiction and indigenous art. The IBF is made possible by a UP EIDR grant.

This semester’s book-in-focus is Dr. Ma. Mercedes Planta’s Traditional Medicine in the Colonial Philippines: 16th to the 19th Century. The book, which just came out this year, explores the various Philippine medicinal plants and herbs that Filipino traditional medical practitioners or herbolarios had prescribed since the precolonial period. When the Spanish missionaries arrived in the country from the 17th to the 19th century, they collected, studied, and made records of these plants and herbs. Their writings on these, as well as on their medicinal use, serve as primary sources for modern studies, since the herbolarios did not leave any writings themselves.

The discussants for this installment of the forum are Dr. Ma. Luisa Camagay of the UP Department of History, Dr. Victor Paz of the UP Archeological Studies Program, and Dr. Salvador Caoili of the UP Manila College of Medicine. UP Vice President for Public Affairs Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr. will serve as moderator.

Dr. Planta’s book is an important chronicling of the missionaries’ records, giving readers an intimate and dense portrait of a defined medical tradition. It documents an important component of ways of life and epistemologies that Filipinos can recuperate and benefit from. The author’s lively and scholarly invitation to reflect on a particular aspect of Philippine culture and harness its potential is a triumph of history as “usable past,” especially in this day in age when access to health and medical care remains beyond the reach of most Filipinos.

This event is free. Faculty who plan on coming to the forum are encouraged to bring their students.

UP Interdisciplinary Book Forum to Focus on New Book on Traditional Filipino Medicine

The UP Press and the UP Institute of Creative Writing will be holding its latest installment of the semestral Interdisciplinary Book Forum or IBF on September 27, 2017 at the Pavilion 1131, Palma Hall, UP Diliman. The forum will be held from 2 to 5 in the afternoon.

This semester’s book-in-focus is Dr. Ma. Mercedes Planta’s Traditional Medicine in the Colonial Philippines: 16th to the 19th Century. The book, which came out just this year, explores the various Philippine medicinal plants and herbs that Filipino traditional medical practitioners or herbolarios had prescribed since the precolonial period. When the Spanish missionaries arrived in the country from the 17th to the 19th century, they collected, studied, and made records of these plants and herbs. Their writings on these, as well as on their medicinal use, serve as primary sources for modern studies, since the herbolarios did not leave any writings themselves.

Dr. Planta’s book is an important chronicling of the missionaries’ records, giving readers an intimate and dense portrait of a defined medical tradition. It documents an important component of ways of life and epistemologies that Filipinos can recuperate and benefit from. The author’s lively and scholarly invitation to reflect on a particular aspect of Philippine culture and harness its potential is a triumph of history as “usable past, ” especially in this day in age when access to health and medical care remains beyond the reach of most Filipinos.

Dr. Planta finished her PhD in History at the National University of Singapore. She is currently an associate professor of the Department of History in UP Diliman, where she finished both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in History. In 2011, she was the recipient of the school’s Centennial Professorial Chair Award.

The IBF series is hosted by the UP Press and the UP ICW to foster readership of new titles from the university’s press in different fields. The forum invites a set of specialists as speakers, with UP Press director J. Neil Garcia serving as moderator. Previous installments have focused on books on science fiction and indigenous art.

UP and Ateneo Professors to Discuss Science Fiction in Second Interdisciplinary Book Forum on April 21

 

The second UP Interdisciplinary Book Forum, dubbed “Ad Astra Per Aspera: Two Science Fiction Anthologies” will be held at Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman on April 21, from 1 to 4 in the afternoon.

The forum is sponsored by the UP Institute of Creative Writing and the UP Press. It will draw on two books: Diaspora Ad Astra: An Anthology of Science Fiction, published in 2013 and edited by Emil M. Flores Joseph Frederic F. Nacino, and Science Fiction: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults edited by Dean Alfar and Kenneth Yu. Diaspora Ad Astra  represents science fiction made by Filipinos for Filipinos. It looks at the future of Filipinos and wonders whether we’ll be exporting human workers to Mars or ruling a new Empire of Humanity. Will Filipinos be running a guerrilla war against mad robots as the rest of homo sapiens flee into space in derelict battleships?

Science Fiction explores explores the concerns and issues of today’s youth through the lens of the science fiction genre.

The discussants for the IDBF’s second event are Dr. Giovanni Tapang of the U.P. National Institute of Physics, Prof. Ronald Allan L. Cruz of Ateneo de Manila’s Department of Biology, Prof. Gabriela Lee of the U.P. English Department, and Mr. John Gabriel Pelias of the U.P.’s Institute of Mathematics The moderator is Dr. J. Neil C. Garcia, U.P. Press Director.

Ronald Cruz is an Assistant Professor and the current Undergraduate Student Coordinator of the Department of Biology, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University. He is also the founder and Moderator of the Ateneo Biological Organization – eXplore. eXperience. eXcel. (BOx). He currently serves as the Loyola Schools Coordinator for Teacher Formation Institute (TFI) and Faculty Spiritual Formation. His book, The Cosmic Wild: Biology of Science Fiction, was published in 2015 and has won the Outstanding Book Award from the National Academy of Science and Technology and the Best Book on Science award from the 35th National Book Awards. He has also written several short stories and scientific journal articles.

Giovanni Tapang is a Professor at the UP’s National Institute of Physics and the Associate Dean for Student and Public Affairs at the UP College of Science. He has received numerous grants for VISSER – Versatile Instrumentation System for Science Education and Research and has published many international scientific papers. He is the National Chairperson of Advocates of Science and Technology for the People (Samahan ng Nagtataguyod ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Sambayanan/AGHAM) and a columnist at the Manila Times

 

Gabriela Lee has been published for her poetry and fiction in the Philippines, Singapore, the United States, and Australia. Her first book of prose is titled Instructions on How to Disappear: Stories (Visprint Inc., 2016). Her previous works include Disturbing the Universe: Poems (NCCA Ubod New Writers Prize, 2006) and La-on and the Seven Headed Dragon (Adarna House, 2002). She has received a Master of Arts in Literary Studies from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and currently teaches literature and creative writing at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. You can find her online at www.sundialgirl.com.

John Pelias is an instructor at the UP Institute of Mathematics who likes to read fiction. He received his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from UP Diliman. He broke UP’s 63-year postwar record by graduating summa cum laude with a general weighted average of 1.016. He has made oral presentations in numerous conferences and is the author of two calculus textbooks. His research interests are Differential Geometry and Mathematical Physics.

 

 

 

The Interdisciplinary Book Forum is part of U.P.’s Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) Cycle, and is set to take place once per semester, from hereon. It will cycle through the different disciplines and main literary genres. From this year’s focus on non-fiction, future iterations of the book forum will concentrate on poetry and fiction.

Both the Institute of Creative Writing and the U.P. Press hope that this initial foray will encourage and enliven dialogues and critical thought on recent books and their impact not just on the academe, but among student readers. Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay, U.P. ICW Director, says that the EIDR is intrinsically interdisciplinary, and “involves initiating and maintaining strong relationships with the language, literature, and humanities departments and divisions of all the U.P System’s constituent universities, as well as with related fields. Its results should have a direct impact on the way the university teaches and promotes Philippine literature and literacy, particularly in terms of bilingualism and cultural diversity and inclusivity.”

Dr. Dalisay adds that the Interdisciplinary Book Forum should, in particular, “help engender greater interdisciplinarity and promote a more positive climate in the University’s intellectual life… The University of the Philippines must champion profound forms of reading and writing.”

Admission for the IBF is free. Those interested in attending are advised to come early.

Science Fiction in Focus in UP Book Forum on April 21

What will the future of the Philippines look like? Will we be exporting human workers to Mars or ruling a new Empire of Humanity? How does science fiction reflect the concerns and issues of today’s youth? These questions, among others, will be the focus of a lively discussion on “Ad Astra Per Aspera: Two Science Fiction Anthologies” at the second University of the Philippines Interdisciplinary Book Forum sponsored by the UP Instutute of Creative Writing and the UP Press, to be held at Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman, on April 21, from 1 to 4 in the afternoon.

 

 

UP Professors to Discuss Tattooing and Identity in First Interdisciplinary Book Forum on September 30

The first UP Interdisciplinary Book Forum, dubbed “Tapping Ink: Tattooing Identities” will be held at Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman on September 30, from 2 to 5 in the afternoon.

The forum is sponsored by the UP Institute of Creative Writing and the UP Press. It will draw on the 2013 book Tapping Ink, Tattooing Identities: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Kalinga Society, Northern Luzon, Philippines by Analyn Salvador-Amores. The book explores tattooing practices in Kalinga and the rich history of meaning-making among the tattoo artists in the region. It examines tattooing against the backdrop of tradition and modernity, and how it has been affected by mobility, the diaspora, technology, and globalization.

The discussants for the IDF’s pilot event are Dr. Maria F. Mangahas of the U.P. Department of Anthropology, Dr. Rolando B. Tolentino of the U.P. College of Mass Communication, and Prof. Clod Marlan Krister V. Yambao of the U.P. College of Arts and Letters. The moderator is Dr. J. Neil C. Garcia, U.P. Press Director.

Rolando B. Tolentino is faculty of University of the Philippines Film Institute and former dean of the UP College of Mass Communication. He has taught at the Osaka University, National University of Singapore, and now teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include Philippine literature, popular culture, cinema and media, interfacing national and transnational issues. He writes fiction and creative non-fiction, and is a fellow of the UP Institute of Creative Writing. He is a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Critics Group), Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND-UP), and Altermidya (People’s Alternative Media Network).

Maria F. Mangahas is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She teaches courses on Economic Anthropology and Ecological Anthropology. Coastal and small-scale fishing communities has been her area of research since the 1980s, with long-term fieldwork in Batanes and in Samal Island, Davao Gulf. The ethnographic themes explored center on fishing culture and the community economy, on practices of sharing, as well as tradition and identity born out of the interaction and circulation of people (locals and migrants) in coastal places. She has written on ‘indigenous coastal resource management’, ‘gear conflicts’ and changing seascapes, notions of ‘luck’ and leadership. More recently however she looked into the phenomenon of digitized ‘scandals’ and the culture of media piracy in the Philippines. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. Presently she is the President of the Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao, Inc. (Anthropological Association of the Philippines), and an editor of its AghamTao journal. She also heads the Technical Committee for Anthropology of the Commission for Higher Education (CHED).

Clod Marlan Krister V. Yambao is an Assistant Professor of Art Studies in the College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he finished his BA Art Studies and MA in Art Studies. He has taught subjects in Western and non-Western aesthetics and art theory, contemporary cultures and the arts, popular culture, and gender issues in the arts in the undergraduate and graduate level. He was a recipient of the Impakt Asia Exchange scholarship, where he lectured on critical theory and cultural politics under the Department of Conflict and Development Studies, Faculty of Politics and Social Sciences at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He also delivered a public lecture on contemporary art, migration, aesthetic, and Filipino gendered bodies in Berlin, Vienna, and Prague this year. His academic interests include Philippine contemporary art, critical theory and contemporary art theory, Cultural Studies, aesthetics, installation art, and the avant-garde, politics and time regimes.

The Interdisciplinary Book Forum is part of U.P.’s Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) Cycle, and is set to take place once per semester, from hereon. It will cycle through the different disciplines and main literary genres. From this year’s focus on non-fiction, future iterations of the book forum will concentrate on poetry and fiction.

Both the Institute of Creative Writing and the U.P. Press hope that this initial foray will encourage and enliven dialogues and critical thought on recent books and their impact not just on the academe, but among student readers. Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay, U.P. ICW Director, says that the EIDR is intrinsically interdisciplinary, and “involves initiating and maintaining strong relationships with the language, literature, and humanities departments and divisions of all the U.P System’s constituent universities, as well as with related fields. Its results should have a direct impact on the way the university teaches and promotes Philippine literature and literacy, particularly in terms of bilingualism and cultural diversity and inclusivity.”

Dr. Dalisay adds that the Interdisciplinary Book Forum should, in particular, “help engender greater interdisciplinarity and promote a more positive climate in the University’s intellectual life… The University of the Philippines must champion profound forms of reading and writing.”

Admission for the IBF is free. Those interested in attending are advised to come early.

Tattooing in Focus in UP Book Forum on September 30

Tattooing seems to be back in vogue today among millennial Filipinos, but how did we get there? How do tattoos link us to our tribal past, and how do they connect us to the world at large?

These questions, among others, will be the focus of a lively discussion on “Tapping Ink: Tattooing Identities” at the first University of the Philippines Interdisciplinary Book Forum sponsored by the UP Instutute of Creative Writing and the UP Press, to be held at Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman ,on September 30, from 2 to 5 in the afternoon.

The forum will draw on the 2013 book Tapping Ink, Tattooing Identities: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Kalinga Society, Northern Luzon, Philippines by Analyn Salvador-Amores. The book explores tattooing practices in Kalinga and the rich history of meaning-making among the tattoo artists in the region. It examines tattooing against the backdrop of tradition and modernity, and how it has been affected by mobility, the diaspora, technology, and globalization.

The book’s discussants will include Dr. Maria F. Mangahas of the Department of Anthropology, Dr. Rolando B. Tolentino of College of Mass Communication, and Prof. Clod Winter Sun Yambao of the College of Arts and Letters. Dr. J. Neil C. Garcia, UP Press Director, will moderate the panel.

The Interdisciplinary Book Forum is part of UP’s Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) program, which aims to promote dialogue and critical thinking across disciplines within and beyond the university. It will be held twice a year under the auspices of the UPICW and the UP Press. Both literary and non-literary books published by the UP Press will be chosen as springboards for wider discussion of cultural, social, political, and economic issues raised by the selections, and discussants will be drawn from diverse fields.

UPICW Director Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay hopes that the Interdisciplinary Book Forum will have “a direct impact on the way the university teaches and promotes Philippine literature and literacy, particularly in terms of bilingualism and cultural diversity and inclusivity.”

Admission to the IBF is free. Those interested in attending are advised to come early.