Call for Papers: Alay at Laya

February 01, 2014


24–25 APRIL 2014



In 2013 and 2014 the Philippines will commemorate the 150th birth anniversaries of two leaders of its struggle for independence from Spain and the United States: Andres Bonifacio (born 30 November 1863), who founded the revolutionary movement against Spain; and Apolinario Mabini (born 23 July 1864), who led the first cabinet of the Philippine Republic and resisted American imperialism. To honor both men and the movements they engaged in, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines with the Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University as partner, will hold a conference in Manila on 2425 April 2014.


The conference offers an opportunity for scholars from the Philippines and abroad to share new knowledge about the Filipino anti-imperialist struggle in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a way of commemorating the lives and sacrifices of Andres Bonifacio and Apolinario Mabini. Papers may cover, but are not limited to, the following themes:

· Historiography of the Philippine revolution
· Political history of the struggle for independence
· Law and revolutionary constitutions
· Economic aspects of the revolution
· Revolutionary art and literature
· Everyday life in the time of revolution
· Social sectors and revolutionaries
· Andres Bonifacio
· Apolinario Mabini
· Comparative imperialisms and revolutions


Abstracts of individual papers and proposals for panels and for roundtable discussions are invited. The deadline for proposals is 28 February 2014. Proposals (500 words) must be accompanied by a brief bio-data (200 words).

All abstracts, bio-data and presentations should be in English. They may be submitted online at


Participants are considered registered upon receipt of the registration fee. Those applying for grants, see the pertinent section below.

A participant must register as either a regular participant or a student participant and pay the following rate (net of remittance charges):

· Regular participant: PhP2,500
· Student participant: PhP1,500 (must present valid student ID)

Registration payment can be made prior to the conference through a bank remittance to the account below:

National Historical Commission of the Philippines
Account No. 0012-1179-06
Land Bank of the Philippines,
Intramuros Branch
Swift Code: TLBPPHMM

Participants may also register at the conference site and pay in Philippine pesos only (cash). Official receipts may be claimed at the registration counters.


Registered participants are entitled to the following:

· Admission to the keynote address, all panels and roundtable discussions
· Admission to the welcome dinner
· Snacks and lunch during the conference
· Conference kit (tote bag, program, CD of papers, meal vouchers and stationery set)
· ID badge
· Certificate of attendance

The conference kit may be collected at the registration counters.

The online version of the conference program will be available at the NHCP website two weeks before the conference. The printed program will be included in the conference kits.


The papers will be accessible only to registered participants and may not be used or cited without the author’s consent.

The NHCP hopes to publish selected papers from the conference if the authors agree.


The NHCP may offer limited grants for travel and/or accommodation and discounted registration fees to applicants whose papers are accepted, based on merit and need.

Travel grantees shall receive the fund upon the presentation in Manila of the air ticket.

All other participants are expected to fund their own travel and accommodation.

Visit the NHCP website for more details: