Philippines-Australia Studies Network

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The Philippine-Australia Studies Network (PASN) is a joint project between Ateneo de Manila University and La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. It is the counterpart of the PASC (Philippines Australia Studies Center) of La Trobe University.

From 2000 to 2003, the PASN, in cooperation with La Trobe University, has conducted three bilateral research conferences focusing primarily on poverty, health, governance, and urban issues.

PASN Conferences

The first conference was held in January 2000 at the Ateneo de Manila University where 14 papers from ADMU and eight from La Trobe University were presented. The five panels of the conference tackled the following topics:

  1. Urban issues or cities in transformation
  2. Globality
  3. Communication
  4. Governance and Politics
  5. Gender relations and theories of sexuality

The second conference was held in Bundoora, Victoria on 18 – 19 April 2001 where eight faculty members from ADMU and 14 from La Trobe presented papers. Additional topics discussed were centered on social inequality, identity politics, environmental issues, and health research. During this conference, the Thesis Eleven Theory for Critical Theory was launched and a relationship was forged between the critical theory journals Budhi and Thesis Eleven.

The third conference was held in Manila on 3 – 4 February 2003 with the theme, “Nations, Cities, Civilizations: Stories and Arguments”. Four papers from ADMU and two papers from La Trobe were presented. Some of the participants in the conference were from the University of Melbourne.




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