In taking up mapping as metaphor for approaching Mindanao, the Conference draws attention to its various histories, ethnolinguistic polities and cultural traditions.
How are the region and its peoples seen in historiographies, political economies and identity politics?
In 2012 the Philippines launched its "K to 12" Program, a comprehensive reform of its basic education.
Through this reform, the Philippines is catching up with global standards in secondary education and is attaching a high value to kindergarten.
Its dimensions are simultaneously global, national, and local — and these layers are often collapsed into each other.
The 2-day conference takes up the challenge of addressing this complexity and density with an emphasis on cultural analysis.
The David Wurfel Award provides financial support to an honours undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated the need to conduct research related to a thesis or course paper or project on the topic of Filipino history, culture or society.
Preference will be given to undergraduate or masters student applicants.
The award is open to students enrolled at York University in social sciences or humanities programs (including the Faculties of Law, Education, Fine Arts, and Environmental Studies); who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons; have a grade point average of at least 6.0; and demonstrate financial need.
Applicants must also have demonstrated promise of leadership with respect to the Filipino community in Canada. Applicants must submit a statement to the selection committee of no more than 3,000 words and a short letter of endorsement from the applicant’s thesis supervisor or other qualified faculty person.