This year’s international conference has a powerhouse of speakers who are institutions in the field of history:
Maria Serena I. Diokno is the current head of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. She is a professor of history and former Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of the Philippines. She is founding member and executive director of the Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange Program (SEASREP) Foundation, an organization of Southeast Asian scholars that aims to promote Southeast Asian studies in the region. She earned her PhD in History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her publications include Philippine history, history of imperialism in Southeast Asia, history and identity studies and historiography. Dr. Diokno’s passions are teaching, research and history.
Zeus A. Salazar is a historian, an anthropologist and the proponent of the Pantayong Pananaw. He obtained his Docteur en Ethnolgie (highest distinction) from Sorbonne, Université de Paris. He earned his A.B. History (summa cum laude) from the University of the Philippines. He also studied at Ecole Nationale des Langues Orietales Vivantes (Paris), Freie Universitat Berlin (Germany) and Universiteit te Leiden (Holland). He has a licence-es-lettres in Prehistoric Archaelogy, General Linguistics, Ethnology and History of Religions. He was the former chairperson (1989-1991) and dean (1991-1994) of UP Department of History and UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, respectively. With numerous books and publications, he is considered to be an intellectual giant who paved the way for a New Filipino Historiography.
Reynaldo Ileto is a leading scholar of the Philippine revolution and has developed an interdisciplinary field of research that relates history with literature, religion, and cultural studies. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies from Cornell University. He was a former Professor and Program Coordinator of the Southeast Asian Studies Program of the National University of Singapore. His areas of expertise are Asian History, Religion and Society and Postcolonial Studies. He is known for his book Pasyon and Revolution: Popular Movements in the Philippines, 1840-1910. Dr. Ileto is a professor of History at the Australian National University.
Taufik Abdullah is a prominent scholar of History and Social Science in Indonesia. He is the Chairman of Akademi Jakarta (Jakarta Academy of Arts and Culture) and the Social Science Commission of Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia. He earned his B.A. from Gadjah Mada University and M.A. and Ph.D from Cornell University. He was a former director of the National Economic and Social Research of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (2000-2002). He is author of the book Indonesia: towards Democracy. His researches include studies on Islam in Southeaast Asia and local history of Indonesia.
Augusto de Viana is the current chairperson of the Department of History at the University of Santo Tomas. Former Chief of the Research, Publications and Heraldry Division of the National Historical Institute, he finished his BA in Asian Studies, MA and PhD in History at the University of Santo Tomas. He has written numerous books and authored various articles on Philippine history. He is known for his book Kulaboretor! The Issue of Political Collaboration during World War II, among others.