Call for Papers-4th Nakem Conference




The University of Hawai’i’s Ilokano Language and Literature Program convenes the 4th Nakem International Conference on “Dap-ayan: Sharing and Understanding Ethnolinguistic Worlds Towards Cultural Pluralism.” The conference will be held at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa on Nov. 11-14, 2009.

The four-day conference is expected to be attended by cultural researchers, heritage language educators, advocates of heritage preservation and promotion, public policy leaders, and cultural artists and workers who are interested in the issues of cultural pluralism, multicultural education, cultural democracy, heritage language teaching, and critical practices related to the pursuit of linguistic rights and social justice.

The conference, the fourth in the Nakem Conference series that began in 2006 during the centennial celebration of the coming of the Filipinos to Hawai’i and the second to be held in the United States, aims to bring into the open a critical and creative discourse—as what happens in the dap-ayan—on what it means to share a heritage in a multicultural Philippines and among peoples of the Philippines in the diaspora.

The conference also hopes to locate Ilokano and various languages in the culturally plural experiences of the peoples of the Philippines and to revisit methods and methodologies that can be deployed to respond to the issues of multicultural education, literacy, cultural production and promotion, the sustenance of living traditions, and the writing and sharing of intangible heritage.


Abstract Requirements

The abstract proposals we are looking for are those that zero in on the theme of the conference or those that cover any of the topics listed in this Call for Papers. Any abstract submitted for consideration by the Selection Committee must be 300 words or less and must specify the issue or the issues it raises and the tentative direction it takes to respond to the issue or the issues it raises.

The Selection Committee encourages papers from various ethnolinguistic communities in the Philippines and in the Philippine diaspora. Philippine scholars are encouraged to write their papers in any Philippine lingua franca (Ilokano, Tagalog, or Cebuano) provided that these papers have parallel English translation to be used during the presentation. The translations are required due to the international nature of the conference.

Abstracts must be saved on a document file, on Arial type font 12, and sent as an attachment. Accompanying the abstract is a separate sheet on the proponent, with the following details:

1.    Name:

2.    Organizational affiliation (if applicable):

3.    Complete address including contact number: (work)

4.    Complete address including contact number: (home)

5.    Email address: (a must)

6.    Alternative email address: (we encourage you to have one)


Program Abstract

The Selection Committee requires that another abstract of 50 words or less be submitted for inclusion in the program. The abstract should bear the title of the paper, the author or authors, and the institutional affiliation (if applicable).


Topics for Presentation

Abstract proposals for full consideration by the Selection Committee must deal with the theme or any of the following topics:

·      Ilokano and heritage language teaching and the world languages curriculum

·      Appreciating ethnolinguistic worlds

·      Tangible heritage from the various ethnolinguistic groups

·      Theories and practices in the sharing and understanding of a heritage

·      Cultural pluralism as a philosophy of education

·      Pathologies of multiculturalism, remedies of cultural pluralism

·      Languages and cultures in the diaspora

·      Subversions of the multicultural Philippines experience

·      Mass media, popular culture, and heritage education


Session Format


The conference will follow a plenary session format for both the plenary speakers and the paper presenters. Each presentation is limited to 20 minutes maximum, with 5-10 minutes allotted for open forum. There will be separate sessions devoted for workshops, and organizing and advocacy work.    


Full Paper Submission

Abstract proposals turned in prior to the deadline get prior consideration by the Selection Committee. This is to allow time for the proponents to prepare their full paper, not to exceed 20 pages including references. Full papers are double spaced, on an Arial type font 12, MLA format, saved on a document file, and sent as an attachment to the Selection Committee. Full papers are due by May 31, 2009. 


Conveners and Selection Committee

The conveners and members of the selection committee are made up of Dr. Aurelio Solver Agcaoili, Dr. Lilia Quindoza Santiago, and Dr. Raymund Llanes Liongson.

The conference steering committee is made up of Aurelio Agcaoili, coordinator of the Ilokano Language and Literature Program of UHM (conference chair); Lilia Santiago, assistant professor of Ilokano, UHM (co-chair), Raymund Liongson, coordinator of the Philippine Studies Program, Leeward Community College (co-chair); Clem Montero, lecturer of Ilokano and education specialist of the UH Center for Philippines Studies (member); and Julius Soria, instructor of Ilokano at UHM and at Farrington High School in Kalihi (member). 


Where to send abstract and deadlines

Abstracts should be sent to, cc to and

Deadline for submission of abstracts is January 31, 2009. Proponents of abstracts accepted for presentation will be notified on or before February 15, 2009.  

For updates on the conference, please visit Or you can visit the Nakem Conference button under the UH Ilokano Language and Literature Program website.




Out-of-state and out-of-country participants are advised to make arrangements with their travel agencies for itineraries and for special services like travel to and out of the Honolulu International Airport. The 4th Nakem International Conference Steering Committee does not have the resources for lodging and other forms of accommodation to participants. As such, all participants are advised to check in with hotels and lodgings close to the conference site at UH Manoa. The University has a number of hotels and hostels but booking is normally six months prior to the conference. Booking with these hotels and hostels are done individually; an online transaction would be sufficient for all your reservation and booking needs.

Participants need to check with the University of Hawai’i website for these services.

Likewise, the Steering Committee cannot offer any financial assistance or grants to paper presenters. 



The holding of 4th Nakem Conference is part of an international linkage of UH Manoa Ilokano Language and Literature Program with Nakem Conferences, Inc. (based in Hawai’i) and Nakem Conferences International- Philippines Chapter (also known as Nakem Conferences Philippines), a language and culture advocacy group whose institutional and individual members come from various universities, colleges, and organizations in the Philippines.  Other organizations and individuals have been invited to take part as co-sponsors in an effort to advance mother language education, cultural pluralism, and linguistic and cultural rights of all peoples of the Philippines in the homeland and in the diaspora.

Contact Us

All questions about the 4th Nakem Conference should be emailed to the conference chair (Aurelio Solver Agcaoili, and co-chairs (Lilia Quindoza Santiago, and Raymund Llanes Liongson,  For scholars in the Philippines, you may write to Dr. Alegria Tan Visaya, President of Nakem Conferences Philippines,   


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