In partnership with the National alliances for Knowledge, Empowerment and Meaning (NAKEM) Conferences and the University of Hawaii, KSU hosted the first province wide International Conference on Languages, Cultures and Histories (ICOLCH 2022) on November 24 to 25, 2022
During the opening program at the Golden Berries Hotel, Dr. Demetrio Anduyan, Director IV of CHED-CAR expressed his warm welcome to all the participants both onsite and online.
In his message, KSU President Dr. Eduardo T. Bagtang said that this is an opportunity to establish a new friendship and renew friendship. He added that it is also a celebration of our achievements in the past.
Bagtang conveyed his special acknowledgement to Professor Aurelio S. Agcaoili for responding to the call of KSU. He also expressed his warm gratitude to all the people behind the realization of this project.
The Talks of the two prominent speakers highlighted the first day of the conference. Dr. Aurelio S. Agcaoili, Professor of the Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures Department of the University of Hawaii, USA, an award-winning Filipino creative writer and author and a coordinator of the University’s Ilocano Program enlightened the participants with his topic on the “Postdecolonialization” Project and a Critique of Endogenous Colonialism: Toward a Vision of Engaged Inclusion and More democracy in Languages, Histories, and Cultures”. Dr. Alma M. Quanesis, Professor of Portland State University, Oregon, USA on the other hand, discussed on “The Virtue and Ethics of Diversity in the World: of the American WestCoast, Asia- Pacific Experiences and Immigrant and Settler Lives” thru video teleconferencing.
Before his plenary session, Dr. Aurelio S. Agcaoili thanked the organizing committee. “I want to thank the organizing committee of the 2022 International Conferences on Languages, Histories, and Cultures of the Kalinga State University. I am certain that in the years ahead, this is one conference to go in the entire country and in other countries. KSU, you prepare. People will flock to your conference from now on.”
Agcaoili added that this activity will pave way to the alliance for the preservation of indigenous languages, cultures, and histories through the output of the researchers.
On the second day, the third speaker, Rev. Shierwin Cabunilas, Ph.D. discussed on “Our Commitment to Multiplicity and to the Plural and the Case of our Local Communities, Indigenous and Native Lives, after which the parallel sessions continued.
This international conference aimed at bringing together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Language, Literature and Culture and provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Language, Literature and Culture.
This activity also highlighted the commitment of the university to promote and preserve Indigenous Culture by initiating activities that provides an opportunity to researchers on indigenous culture to present findings and research-based best practices on culture and language. It also strengthens the internationalization program of KSU and CHED.
A Memorandum of Agreement with University of Hawaii- Ilocano Program and NAKEM International Conferences was signed with the presence of the university officials.
The activities were culminated with the sharing of impressions followed by the awarding of certificates to the participants and the panel members. /UIO