Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The Asian Center, University of the Philippines in partnership with the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University will hold the online international conference, “Asia Today: Meaningful Change in the Post-Pandemic Transition” on 9 - 10 November 2023, 2 – 4 PM, (GMT+8), via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.
The time of the conference has been CHANGED to 2:00 PM, Manila Time


Asia in the post-Covid-19 era continues to transition. As compelled by the pandemic, peoples, societies, and economies grappled and still grapple with internal and external impetuses for meaningful change. In what way can scholars reflect on the notion of change–its advances, impediments, and prospects in countries and regions within Asia, as well as its place in the academic discourse. The conference seeks to interrogate Asia with contemporary and historical explorations in the themes of society and culture, economic development, language, and foreign relations and governance. The event encourages a robust exchange between the faculties of the two institutions to get acquainted with each other’s research fields and explore a deeper functional cooperation in the near future.


DAY 1: 9 NOVEMBER 2023
9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Moscow Time   |   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Manila Time

DAY 2: 10 NOVEMBER 2023
9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Moscow Time   |   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Manila Time

Panel 3: Historical and Contemporary Interactions

Spanish Philippines and the Malay-Indonesian World: Interactions and Intersections in the Early Modern Period
     Ariel C. Lopez, Ph.D.
     Associate Professor, UP Asian Center
"Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas of A. de Morga (1609): preparing the Russian version for publication
     Marc Yu Ulyanov, Ph.D.
     Associate Professor, MSU-IAAS
Found and Lost: Manuscript Collections at the Bernard Free Library/National Library of Myanmar and the (Mis)management of Cultural Objects in Burma
     Alexey Kirichenko, Ph.D.
     Associate Professor, MSU-IAAS 
"Beyond Denuclearization Talks: The Philippines’ Alternative Approach to Engaging North Korea"
     Michelle R. Palumbarit, Ph.D.
     Associate Professor, UP Asian Center

Panel 4: Politics, Morality, and Agency

Historical Issues as a subject of political conflict in South Korea
     Natalia Kim, Ph.D.
     Director, MSU-International Center for Korean Studies
Spiritual Entanglements: Postcolonialism and Filipino Religious Practices
     Noel Christian A. Moratilla, Ph.D.
     Associate Professor, UP Asian Center
Reproductive Politics and the Moral Nation
     Maria Dulce F. Natividad, Ph.D.
     Associate Professor, UP Asian Center 
"Indonesian Labour Migration to Malaysia in the Past and Nowadays"
     Olga Kalendar, MA
     Ph.D. Student, MSU-IAAS


The event is organized by the UP Asian Center and the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Institute of Asian and African Studies
The Institute of Asian and African Studies is the leading Russian center for training specialists in Oriental Studies in general, and in particular countries and regions of Asia and Africa. For more information, click here.
UP Asian Center
The UP Asian Center is the University of the Philippines’ only academic unit with a regional specialization. It offers graduate-level multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programs on Asian Studies and on Philippines Studies.

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The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.