Call for Papers: 4th Annual Intramuros Young Scholars Conference (YSC) 2022

The Center for Intramuros Studies of the Intramuros Administration (IA) is calling for submissions of papers for the 4th Annual Intramuros Young Scholars Conference (YSC), which will be held on December 12, 2022. This conference is open to all emerging professionals 30 years old and below at the time of the event.

Intramuros Through the Ages: Downfall, Revival, Sustainability, Adaptability

The previous Young Scholars Conference (YSC) held last 2021 dwelt on Intramuros as a living city. Indeed, it has been one still alive.  However, it must go along with the dynamic and ever-changing world to remain alive and relevant for the present. For almost five centuries since its establishment as a colonial center, Intramuros has neither lived a monotonous life of splendor and might nor of blight and despondency. It did not keep a single consistent identity as it now stands before us as a monument to Filipino intellectual growth, architectural and engineering feats, and anti-colonial struggles. As it lives its long life across the ages, Intramuros and its people (including its present-day residents, students, and visitors) repeatedly fell, then adapted to the challenges of their time, and ultimately, rose from various adversities. Nevertheless, convenient as it may, one must not fall to the charm of the much romanticized and debated narrative of “resilience.” The Filipino people must face that along with these falls, there were losses that can be erased by subscribing entirely to that narrative of “resilience.” We must give justice to what Intramuros and its people have lost. These include the dead, the now-gone institutions, the lost architectural jewels, and the gaping holes in the city’s social fabric that remains yet to be completely mended. Ultimately, justice to the colorful and nuanced life of the Walled City with all its ups and downs remains unfulfilled. Now is a perfect moment to reflect on the invaluable heritage of Intramuros—its past, present, and future—as the nation now stands at the doors of the “post-pandemic” world, facing the challenges of the rapidly changing technological landscape, expansive urbanization and reckless developments, and the global climate crisis.

Submission Guidelines

1. Eligibility

  • Must be an emerging professional and not be beyond 30 years old at the time of the conference;
  • Willing to present their unpublished and original research paper publicly in an online conference via Zoom;
  • Research papers by a group of authors are accepted, but only one will be allowed to present on behalf of the group;
  • Willing to authorize the Intramuros Administration to publish their research in the Conference Proceedings Report.

2. Research Topics

  • May come from any field of study, such as but not limited to history, cultural heritage studies, tourism, public administration, sociology, anthropology, architecture, engineering, etc.;
  • Primary subject of thesis must be about Intramuros, the people and the communities’ everyday life, past and present;
  • Must be able to satisfy the theme.

3. Format

  • Research paper must have a minimum of 3,000 words to a maximum of 8,000 words, including abstract and bibliography;
  • Paper must be 1.5-spaced, in Times New Roman, font size 12;
  • Must follow the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style.

4. Requirements

Email the IA Center for Intramuros Studies ([email protected]) the following required documents not later than 31 October 2022:

  • Research paper following the prescribed format.
  • Scanned copy of any valid government-issued ID (with full birthday);
  • Scanned copy of the Signed Declaration;
  • Cover letter addressed to: Mr. Christian Catahan, Coordinator, Center for Intramuros Studies, Intramuros Administration.

5. For authors of shortlisted papers

  • Only six (6) papers will be selected. A formal acceptance letter and invitation letter will be sent to the finalists;
  • If the research paper or study was written by a group, only one author will be asked to present during the conference;
  • Presenters will be invited to a test-run any day from 05-09 December;
  • Presentation during the conference should be limited to 30 minutes only.

6. Honorarium

An honorarium from the Intramuros Administration will be given once the paper has been successfully presented.

7. Important Dates

  • Deadline of applications: 31 October 2022
  • Announcement of shortlisted papers/finalists: 04 November 2022
  • Sending of Invitations: 11 November 2022
  • Conference date: 12 December 2022
  • Release of the Proceedings: 28 December 2022

8. Questions?

For inquiries, please email us at [email protected].

Check out our previous YSCs!

1st Annual Intramuros Young Scholars Conference
2nd Annual Intramuros Young Scholars Conference
3rd Annual Intramuros Young Scholars Conference

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