th Nakem Conference Bulletin No. 003/English

4TH Nakem Conference to be convened


Honolulu, Hawai’i--The University of Hawai’i’s Ilokano Language and Literature Program, formerly the Ilokano, Philippine Drama and Film Program, will hold and host the 4th Nakem International Conference on “Dap-ayan: Sharing and Understanding Ethnolinguistic Worlds Towards Cultural Pluralism” to be held on Nov. 11-14, 2009 at UH Manoa.


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 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


Dr. Aurelio Solver Agcaoili, coordinator of the Ilokano Language and Literature Program of UHM, chairs the conference. Co-chairs are Dr. Lilia Quindoza Santiago, assistant professor of Ilokano, UHM and Dr. Raymund Liongson, coordinator of the Philippine Studies Program, Leeward Community College. Also forming the overall steering committee are Clem Montero, lecturer of Ilokano and education specialist of the UH Center for Philippines Studies and Julius Soria, instructor of Ilokano at UHM and at Farrington High School in Kalihi.  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. The Fil-Am Observer is a co-sponsor of this conference. 






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