De La Salle University, College of Liberal Arts, 

The Department of Literature


together with the Office of the Dean, Southeast Asia Research Center and Hub, Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, and Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance 

with the Critical Island Studies Consortium


The Political Lives of Islands

Critical Island Studies International Conference 2024

Oct.03-04, 2024 | De La Salle University Manila



Islands studies in their contemporary form remain imminently productive because of the many theoretical trajectories that come into play when we speak of islands and what they can mean for us. Oscar Campomanes (2018) has previously described the physical form of islands and how they cross and transgress the traditionally geopolitical and geopoetic. Similarly, scholars (DeLoughrey and Flores 2020; Hau’ofa 1994; Benitez-Rojo 1996) have described alternative ways of thinking about islands that consider dialectics parallel to their natural rhythms as opposed to the imperial/Anthropocentric impositions that predominate modern ways of thinking about islands and their continental relations. 

In many ways, islands that are otherwise imagined as spatially bound, static, and paradisical are dynamic, moving, and constantly transforming. The two-day hybrid conference merges our critical and creative responses to our theoretically informed and lived experience of the islands. This is reflected in the concerns and objectives this conference hopes to surface through a transdisciplinary conversation from multiple fields of inquiry.

We ask, for instance, how do governance and business remake our land, water, and air? Here, we acknowledge the scarcity of human and nonhuman resources, the deterritorializing politics of capital and technology, and climate change, and are interested in interdisciplinary methodologies and practices of empirical, historical, cultural, practical, and imaginative ways of life-making. 


  • Benítez Rojo, Antonio, and James E. Maraniss. The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective. 2nd ed, Duke University Press, 1996.
  • Campomanes, Oscar V. “The Islandic in the Postcolonial Critique of American Empire” The University of California Humanities Research Institute, September 2018,
  • DeLoughrey, Elizabeth, and Tatiana Flores. “Submerged Bodies.” Environmental Humanities, vol. 12, no. 1, May 2020, pp. 132–66. (Crossref),
  • Hau’ofa, Epeli. “Our Sea of Islands.” The Contemporary Pacific 6, no 1, Spring 1994, pp. 148-61.




    We are interested in receiving submissions under, but not limited to, the following themes:

    • Theorizing the Island
    • Island Rhetorics and Performance
    • Islands and Cities
    • Digital Islands
    • Island Regimes and Governance
    • Indigenous Islands/Indigenizing Islands
    • Island Mobilities/Connections
    • Island Afterlives/Futures
    • Island Industries and Ecologies
    • Island Identities
    • Posthuman Islands
    • Island Aesthetics
    • Island Resistances

    Selected paper presentations will be published in a special section under the AKDA: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance, Kritika Kultura, UNITAS, and other publication opportunities with journals under the Asian Journal Network (AJN).


    Abstract Submission 10 May 2024
    Notification of Acceptance 10 June 2024
    Early Bird Registration Deadline 31 May 2024
    Regular Registration Deadline 26 July 2024
    Start of Non-Presenter Registration 30 August 2024

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    Onsite & Online | Professional & Student
    (Professional /Student)

    Paper Presenter

    Registration Fee
    Early Registration| Onsite | Professional: P4,500.00
    Regular | Onsite | Professional: P5000.00

    Early Registration | Onsite | Student: 3500
    Regular Registration| Onsite | Student: 4000
    Early Registration| Online: P2,000.00
    Regular | Online: P2,500.00

    The onsite fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, and a conference kit + certificate.
    The online fee includes a conference kit and certificate.

    Non-presenter Onsite: P1,000.00

    A Registration Link will be open soon.

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    • Individual Presentations: Abstracts should be 250 words long. It must include the author’s name (s), institutional affiliation, degree, contact information such as email and cellphone number, and a short bionote. Please indicate if you intend to present onsite or online.
    • Panel Presentations: It must be composed of three to five paper presentations that include a session chair and/or discussant. Submission must include the panel abstract and the individual abstract of each presenter of 250 words long, name of the contact person, institutional affiliation, contact information, and short bionote.   

    Click the SUBMIT button to submit your work

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    The Critical Island Studies Consortium (CIS) was born in 2019 in Manila with the theme, “Critical Island Studies: The Islandic Archipelago, and Oceanic” hosted by Kritika Kultura, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and UNITAS, University of Santo Tomas (UST). It reconvened post-pandemic in Jakarta in 2022 with the theme “Maritime Across Disciplines” hosted by Universitas Kristen Indonesia (UKI) and Universitas Indonesia (UI). In 2023, it carried the theme “Island Commodities” and was held at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in conjunction with the Universitas Sanata Dharma’s Literary Studies Conference.

    The CIS consortium includes Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle University; Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Sanata Dharma, Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Kristen Indonesia, Universitas Kristen Maranatha, Universitas Udayana; Konkuk University, Kyung Hee University, and National Taiwan Normal University. The CIS consortium aims to develop a new planetary perspective from which to invent an image of the environment and create a new sense of nature to seek environmental justice.

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     Steering Committee

    • Dr. Ma. Luisa Reyes, Critical Island Studies Consortium/UNITAS, University of Santo Tomas
    • Dr. Vincenz Serrano, Critical Island Studies Consortium/Kritika Kultura, Ateneo de Manila University
    • Dr. Alex Taek-Gwang Lee, Critical Island Studies Consortium, Kyung Hee University
    • Dr. Anne Frances Sangil, Chair, Department of Literature, De La Salle University Manila
    • Dr. Jazmin Llana, Department of Literature, De La Salle University Manila
    • Dr. Dinah Roma, Department of Literature, De La Salle University
    • Dr. Clarissa Militante, Director, Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, De La Salle University Manila
    • Dr. Fernando Santiago, Director, Southeast Asia Research Center & Hub, De La Salle University Manila
    • Dr. Ador Torneo, Director, Jesse M. Robredo Institute for Gorvernance
    • Dr. Genevieve L. Asenjo, Conference Director
    • Dr. Carlos Piocos, Deputy Director



    • Dr. Antonette Arogo
    • Dr. Mesandel Arguelles
    • Dr. Johann Vladimir Espiritu
    • Dr. Jose Kervin Cesar Calabias
    • Dr. Isabela Lacuna
    • Ms. Harmony Guevarra
    • Ms. Ana Margarita Nuñez
    • Ms. Ina Abuan
    • Ms. Mary Jessel Duque
    • Mr. Mark Adrian Ho


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    Updated: 14 FEBRUARY 2024 /CMPIII