Historicizing Disaster Risk Management: The Ecology of Mt. Isarog and its Environs

Workshop and Training: Research Collaboration & Academic Exchange: a co-creation initiative between Partido State University and US-based institutions

The first Luce PEMSEA activity, in collaboration with the Partido State University and the College of Social Sciences and Development, Polytechnic University of the Philippines. The webinar series will look at climate change, disaster risk management, and the Early Modern Period. The series will also forefront diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility issues in Philippine and Southeast Asian archaeology.

Co-sponsors: UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies; UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology; UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; UCLA Department of Anthropology; Center for Taiwan-Philippines Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge, and Sustainable Studies (CTPILS), National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Mt. Isarog holds a central place in the history and culture of the Partido District in Camarines Sur. The mountain towers over 10 towns that comprise the Partido District, an environmentally-diverse locale that features marine, riverine, and upland ecologies. This diversity has resulted in rich cultures that have utilized available resources to deal with the needs of communities. However, very little is known regarding the environmental and cultural histories of the region. To fill this knowledge gap, the Partido State University and UCLA-PEMSEA are collaborating in the organization of a series of workshops aimed at establishing what is known about the landscape history and cultural heritage of the district. We focus on the theme of disaster response as the region continues to experience massive environmental upheavals.

We are particularly interested in documenting changes during the Early Modern Period (1400-1830) and the largescale logging activities during the early 1900s. However, workshop themes are not limited to this time period, we also incorporate long-term climate perturbations and sea-level changes in the last 1,000 years. The workshop series will also serve to initiate mentoring relationships between senior scholars and early career scholars based in Southeast Asia. This is the first of five workshops planned in the next five years as part of the UCLA Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia. The webinar series is part of the Henry Luce Foundation Southeast Asia Initiative support for the establishment of the PEMSEA. The webinar series is partly funded by a grant from the Philippine Commission on Higher Education to strengthen research partnerships between Partido State University and international institutions. Please see ‘Panels’ tab for more information.