Month-Long International Conference Begins June 23

Posted on 23 June 2021
By NQC Secretariat

June 23 to July 23, the Ateneo de Manila University and Centro de Humanidades of the Faculdade de Ciencias Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal will sponsor an international conference series.

Titled Contacts & Continuities: 500 Years of Asian-Iberian Encounters, this international gathering of scholars is in line with the 500th anniversary of the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world. It revisits how contacts, connections, and continuing conversations since the 16th century between the Iberian kingdoms of Portugal and Spain and the polities in Asia, especially the Philippines, shaped those societies. It also brings into sharper focus the adaptive and adoptive capacities of the agents of encounter and their communities.

The international conference series hinges on motifs of cultural exchange and legacies of the colonial encounter in the following four sites of negotiation: seafaring and trade, ideas, institutions, and forms of expression.

Contacts & Continuities brings together eminent scholars who offer diverse perspectives and pivotal points of inquiry regarding the encounters and interactions between Asian and Iberian cultures. This conference series sheds light on creative moments and clears new paths for reevaluating heritage and the role of Asian and Iberian agents as interlocutors in a global exchange of culture and ideas.

The conference is organized in collaboration with CHAM–NOVA FCSH, or the Centro de Humanidades of the Faculdade de Ciencias Sociais e Humanas, of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. CHAM planned a two-part conference series, in Europe and in Asia, for the quincentenary of the Magellan landing. The first part, entitled “The Philippines—a Global Contact Zone: Transoceanic Connections (1521–1898),” was held at the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal in Lisbon, on March 21–22, 2019. Contacts & Continuities, hosted now by the Ateneo de Manila University this year, is the second part, which completes the series.

This event is open to the public via live stream on YouTube at Links will be posted on this site and on our Facebook page at

Optional registration is available for attendees who wish to receive a Conference E-Certificate for a modest fee of PhP 500 per conference.

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