Conferences/colloquia/seminars/lectures

Conference Series: “500 Years of Asian-Iberian Encounters,” June 23-July 23, 2021, Ateneo de Manila (via Zoom)

Contacts & Continuities:
500 Years of Asian-Iberian Encounters

International Conference Series
Hosted by the School of Humanities
Ateneo de Manila University
June 23 to July 23, 2021

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Please note that all times indicated are in Philippine Time and Zoom invitations will reflect the host institution’s
timezone as GMT +8:00. We advise speakers and participants from other timezones to be mindful of DST

adjustments when converting to local time.

OPENING CEREMONIES
June 23, 2021 4:00–5:30 pm

WELCOME ADDRESS
Jose M. Cruz, SJ
Vice President for University and Global Relations, Ateneo de Manila University

OPENING REMARKS
Jonathan Chua
Dean, School of Humanities,
Ateneo de Manila University

Cristina Brito
Director of the Board, CHAM,
FCSH, Universidade NOVA de
Lisboa

Rene R. Escalante
Chairman, National
Historical Commission of the
Philippines

OPENING KEYNOTE
Paulo Jorge de Sousa Pinto / CHAM, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa /
Lisbon

CONNECTING THE DOTS: FROM THE MYTHICAL EAST TO THE “REAL ASIA”
Magellan opened a new connecting link between Europe, Asia, and America, paving the
way for the formation of a global world. But it was also a point of arrival of a long
process that went back to Antiquity. For many centuries, Europe and Asia had a
fragmentary and distorted image of each other. In Europe, confusing notions of “East,”
“Asia,” or “India” crossed Antiquity and the Middle Ages and mixed fabulous tales with
real data about what was beyond the Persian Empire or, later, the Muslim World. The

information circulated mainly through land trade routes. In the fifteenth century,
Iberian geopolitics determined a new approach: to reach Asia directly by sea. It was the
Portuguese who successfully achieved this goal, sailing eastward around Africa and
reaching, not Marco Polo’s mysterious “Cathay,” but the real Maritime Asia, putting a
wide range of goods, trade routes, peoples, cultures and civilizations within their range.
In 1521, Magellan crossed an unknown Ocean and reached Asia sailing westward. The
final dot of a secular process was finally connected. As the Italian Francesco Carletti
noticed later, “We never heard of anyone sailing around the world in the Ancient times
as we do today, thanks to the value and virtue of the two crowns of Castile and Portugal
(…): one, sailing east, allows us to reach China and Japan; through the other, to the west,
we reach the Philippine Islands (…). With these two ways, the two Crowns have drawn a
circle around the world (…).”

OVERVIEW OF THE CONFERENCE SERIES AND PARALLEL EVENTS
Nikki Carsi Cruz
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, ADMU
Part 1: Legacies of the Encounter in Seafaring & Trade — June 24 to 29, 2021
This sub-theme revisits cartography, navigation, maritime trade, infrastructure,
transportation, technology transfer, the rise of cities, and establishment of trade
routes. It also takes a look at aspects of environmental history, or human interaction
with the natural world be it through the use of meteorological knowledge in seafaring
or the dissemination of plants and products through tropical commodity chains.
Part 2: Legacies of the Encounter in Ideas & Identity Formation — June 30 to July 6, 2021
In what ways have Asian and European encounters brought about new kinds of
thinking? This sub-theme examines aspects of culture in the symbolic sphere of
existence in domains such as religion and ideology, language and discourse, science
and cosmology. It traces how new concepts, norms, values, beliefs and subjectivities
came into being, particularly in relation to gender, class, race, and ethnicity.
Part 3: Legacies of the Encounter in Institutions — July 7 to 13, 2021
How have social structures been transformed by Asian-European encounters? This
sub-theme takes a look at the evolution of forms of government, laws, schools and
education, systems, as well as at religious and other social institutions.
Part 4: Legacies of the Encounter in Forms of Expression — July 14 to July 22, 2021
How have Asian-European encounters left their mark on our cultural forms and
cultural expressions? What traces of contact and negotiation between Asia and Europe
can we find in the arts, literature, music, dance, theater, festivals, performances, food,
architecture, sport, fashion, and popular culture and so on? How do these
demonstrate hybridity and complex cultural flows?

2

CLOSING CEREMONIES
July 23, 4:00–6:30 pm
OPENING REMARKS
Roberto C. Yap, SJ
President
Ateneo de Manila University
CLOSING KEYNOTE
Prof. Ambeth Ocampo / Ateneo de Manila University / Manila
CLOSING REMARKS
Maria Luz C. Vilches, PhD
Vice President for the Loyola Schools
Ateneo de Manila University

About emspanishhistorynotes

Scott Taylor is an associate professor in the history department at the University of Kentucky.

Discussion

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: