The Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao Inc (UGAT) co-conveners are accepting proposals for paper presentations, group or panel discussions and film or video works about island and archipelagic studies with anthropological lens. UGAT was organized in 1977 as a national organization of, by and for anthropologists in the Philippines. It is also known as Anthropological Association of the Philippines.

The main objective of Ugat since its founding in the 1970s, is to organize annual conferences not only to discuss anthropology but to make anthropology more relevant to Philippine society and culture. With the specific objectives of this year’s conference and the organization: to promote, develop and disseminate anthropological knowledge; to deepen the knowledge, understanding and participation of and among ethnolinguistic groups; to forge linkages among anthropologists and others doing related work; to contribute to the celebration of Marinduque State College’s 70th foundation and the heritage education with history 2 storytelling projects.

The 44th Ugat Conference co-conveners are the following: Randy Nobleza of Marinduque State College; Alfred Pawlik from Ateneo de Manila University and Noreen Sapalo of the University of the Philippines Diliman. The confab is scheduled by October 26 to 28 for both in-person and online modalities.

Some of the relevant streams and topics are as follows: language and dialects; disasters and climate change; indigenous knowledge and management; cultural heritage and tourism; theoretical/ comparative studies of island cultures; writing and researching about the archipelago; popular cultural representations of island and islandness; cultural politics of island studies; islandness and local/ national identity; coastal and island archeology in the Philippines and Asia among others.

For more details about the call for participation, you may visit the Marinduque State College and Ugat official websites: and