2007 Conference on Ilokano and Amianan Cultures

Ilokano & Amianan Conference and
TMI Convention to be held in October

By Dr. Aurelio S. Agcaoili
Ilokano Language and Literature Program
University of Hawai`i at Manoa

An international literary conference and writers convention will be held October 27-28, 2007 at the Philippine Consulate General on Pali Highway, Honolulu, Hawai`i, the United States of America.
The literary conference, to be held the first day, and the Timpuyog Dagiti Mannurat nga Ilokano iti Amerika/Global (TMI Amerika/Global) convention the second day, are under the joint auspices of the Ilokano and Philippine Drama and Film Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai`i, the Timpuyog Dagiti Mannurat nga Ilokano iti Amerika/Global, GUMIL Hawai`i, the Tugade Foundation, and Annak ti Kailokuan iti Amerika. The Nakem Conferences, Inc. and the International Academy for Ilokano and Amianan Studies are also co-sponsoring the two-day event.
On October 28, the Ilokano Writers Guild of America/Global, also known as Timpuyog Dagiti Mannurat nga Ilokano iti America/Global, will hold its regular organizational convention aimed to ratify its bylaws and elect its new set of officers.
Themed “Kammayet-Oneing,” the convention will gather the members of TMI and its crop of successive leaders, including those who are supporting its causes.
The conference, “Literatura Ilokana ken Amianan ken ti Masakbayan/ Ilokano and Amianan Literature and the Future,” aims to explore the ways by which the heritage literatures of Amianan—the contiguous areas of Ilokos, Cordilleras, and Cagayan Valley and the exilic literatures of peoples from these places who have out-migrated to other parts of the Philippines and abroad—could be preserved, promoted, and perpetuated.
Writers and cultural workers as well as individuals who believe in the cause of sustaining and nurturing the languages, literatures, and cultures of Amianan are enjoined to take part in this conference and convention. Some of the topics to be discussed in the conference’s plenary sessions are the following:
• Resisting the global by getting local
• Writing and resistance from Ilokano
• Writing and resistance from the Cordilleras
• Writing and resistance from Cagayan Valley
• Linking up the Amianan: the literary linkages
• Cultural strategies in the preservation, promotion, and perpetuation of the literatures and cultures of Ilokos and Amianan
• Creative writing from the Ilokos so far
• Creative writing from the Cordilleras so far
• Creative writing from the Cagayan Valley so far
• The revolutionary in the Amianan cultures
• Imagining the revolution: the case of Amianan writing
• Translation and its future
• The future of Amianan literatures and creative writing

For the TMI convention, the writers guild is expected to firm up its resolve to pursue the aims of promoting a committed and socially and ethically responsible creative writing culture among Ilokanos and those writing about Ilokanos and the peoples of Amianan or Northwestern Luzon, the Philippines, and about the Ilokanos and peoples of Amianan in the diaspora.
For those interested to take part in the literary conference as speakers and paper presenters, send abstracts to: Dr. Aurelio Agcaoili, nakemconferences@yahoo.com; Dr. Lilia Quindoza Santiago, nanilqs@yahoo.com. A website, literatura-ilokana-conference.blogspot.com, has been created for this conference and updates will be sent to those who will register online on this website.
For more information on the writers convention, please contact: Sinamar Robianes Tabin or Lorenzo G. Tabin, lgt52244@comcast.net; T. Gabriel Tugade, tugadefoundation@myexcel.com; or Brigido Daproza, azorpad@yahoo.com.

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