History is a field of continuing importance but in recent years, an increased interest in the past has been observed due in large part to social media and historians’ engagements in the public sphere. The role of academic historians in generating cutting edge research remains of vital significance but such research must be disseminated in ways suitable for the appreciation of the mass audience, as done by public historians. On the other hand, while public history conveys the lessons of the past, it must balance the rigors of the academic discipline and the needs of the audience. The public historians’ direct link with the general public should also inform academic historians on the topics that require immediate scholarly attention. Academic and public history must therefore feed on each other. Such synergy will play a powerful role in creating an informed citizenry.
The first two days of the conference shall be devoted to lectures and paper presentations. A guided lecture of the National Museum of Natural History shall highlight the third day.
|Welcome, our valued delegates!
This is to convey my utmost appreciation to all the delegates of the Philippine Historical Association National conference 2018. Since the start of my leadership in 2015, the organization has been able to tackle different themes that have impact on the Filipinos’ quest to further explain their identity and also important issues confronting our society.
In 2015, the international conference on historical education provided us with various perspectives and tools on how to deepen studies and disseminate information about our shared roots in Southeast Asia. In 2016, our Davao conference highlighted good governance and the role of Mindanao in the historical development of our country. Last year, an international conference on Malay world was convened with our Malaysian and Indonesian partners highlighting fresh perspectives and new directions on Malay studies. is year, we are providing you with a venue for a discourse on public historiography, an emerging trend focusing on people in the periphery who contributed much in popularizing local and national history.
My felicitation also goes to the members of the PHA Board who unsel shly mounted this event and also to our partner agencies especially the GSIS Museum that extended valuable assistance in the realization of this conference.
Emmanuel F. Calairo, PhD