History department presents papers at 10th ICONSEA Conference

Four academic staff members from the UST History Department attended the 10th International Conference on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA) held at the University of Malaya, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 7 to 8, 2023.  Attending the conference was the delegation from UST namely Assoc. Prof. Archie B. Resos, Ph.D. , Department Chair of the History Department, Assoc. Prof. Augusto V. de Viana, Ph.D., and Instructors Mr. Richard Gabris and Mr. Jerome Jaime. 

            During the conference, Resos discussed the developments that led to the People Power II Revolution in his paper titled “Political Anatomy of People Power II Revolution in the Philippines:  The Rise and Fall of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (1998-2001).”  De Viana, for his part, discussed a controversial topic on how the Philippine government responded to the COVID pandemic in his paper titled “The Pharmally Scandal: How the Philippine Government Response to the COVID-19 Scandal Turned to an Opportunity to Commit Large-Scale Corruption.” Gabris discussed the crises in post-war Philippines in his paper “Philippine Postwar Crisis:  Echoes of Unfulfilled Independence” while Jaime discussed the various pandemics from the American period to the present which affected the Philippines in his paper titled “Against an Invisible Enemy:  A Historical Assessment of the Pandemic Management of the Philippines (1918-2022).”

 It was the first in-person conference of ICONSEA since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic in 2020.  It was attended by more than 250 delegates from Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States and it had 63 speakers.

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