The Philippine Historical Association (PHA) celebrates its 60th anniversary as it sponsors an international conference on 27-29 August 2015. Choosing the University of Santo Tomas, the oldest existing university in Asia, as its venue, it has the theme “Historical Education in Asia: Issues and Challenges.”
Historical education being a broad field of research and learning includes the teaching of history, harnessing historical thinking skills, training in historiography and dissemination of historical knowledge. Its relevance in the age of globalization and the upcoming ASEAN integration will be given special emphasis as historians from the Society of Indonesian Historians and Malaysian Historical Society were also invited.
Dr. Maria Serena Diokno, National Historical Commission Chairperson, will deliver the keynote address. Plenary speakers include Dr. Taufik Abdullah, a prominent historian in Indonesia specializing in Islamic history in Southeast Asia; Dr. Reynaldo Ileto, retired professor of Southeast Asian studies, National University of Singapore; and Dr. Zeus Salazar, the conceptualizer of Pantayong Pananaw, an emic approach in the study of Philippine History. Simultaneous sessions will feature both seasoned and young history teachers and scholars from different parts of the country and abroad.
Tour docent and historian Prof. Xiao Chua will conduct an optional educational tour at the UST Museum, Intramuros and the National Museum on the third day to underscore the importance of museums and popularization of historical education.