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      The International Research Forum on the Philippines (IRFP), previously known as the Philippine Research Forum, is a gathering of academics, scholars, and students interested about the Philippines.  It is a coming together of people from different disciplines, locations, and cultural backgrounds to discuss about their recent scholarly work related to the Philippines, attend workshops, and engage in roundtable discussions about the annual theme.

      The Filipino-Australia Student Council (FASTCO) Victoria, in cooperation with the Philippines Australia Studies Network (PASN) of La Trobe University, hope to make IRFP an avenue to raise critical questions, engage in meaningful dialectics, and generate constructive ideas concerning issues, challenges, and potentials of Philippine research. With the vibrant Melbourne landscape and interesting papers as backdrop, this annual forum is definitely something to look forward to each year.

Past forums

IRFP  2020
The Filipino Scholar in Virulent Times

26 - 27 January 2021 | Zoom, Melbourne, Australia

The 8th International Research Forum on the Philippines (IRFP) will take place on 26-27 January 2021. The IRFP is the Filipino-Australian Student Council of Victoria’s (FASTCO) flagship academic program that aims to encourage Philippine studies in Australia and collaboration among research scholars. The forum is organized in Melbourne, Australia, but will now be conducted wholly online due to ongoing travel and logistical constraints. The forum brings together graduate researchers and academics from different fields such as the humanities, STEM, law, social sciences and education, to share their research on, and to think about questions relevant to, issues relating to the Philippines. This year’s theme is The Filipino Scholar in Virulent Times.


The idea of virulence brings to mind the Covid-19 pandemic and its tremendous consequences. On the other hand, the pandemic has not quelled existent states and objects that continue to have a virulent effect on Philippine life, politics, economy and society. We might think about the problem of climate change and ecological disasters, or the structural existence of corruption, or hegemonic incursions on national sovereignty. In these virulent times, how does the Filipino Scholar respond? In what ways is Philippine scholarship challenged, supported or engaged with? What spaces are formed, and what conversations are provoked, by these agents of virulence?    This forum brings together scholars to think analytically and critically about these questions. Together we will explore the relationship of research and scholarly work to the objects and situations that shape the virulence of our times.


Call for Papers

We invite submissions from scholars, academics, scholar-practitioners, and artists, on the following themes:


  • Methods in Crisis


How have research methods been affected by temporal and spatial disruptions, and what measures have Filipino scholars adopted or explored in response thereto?


  • Narratives and Narrative Strains

What narratives arise and how are narratives framed in virulent times? How have/do existing research imperatives fit in these narratives, or, in contrast, how have they fallen out of these narratives? How do narratives inform the interpretation of objective and empirical data?


  • Performances: Virulence, Virality and Vision


How have performances shaped, or been made a part of, the Philippine response to the agents of virulence? What do these performances reveal about Philippine nationhood, culture and society?


We envision a series of presentations and panel discussions in a supportive, collegial environment but also warmly encourage participants who wish to present their work in visual, poster, or digital art formats, which will be posted on the IRFP website for public viewing.


Interested participants must submit a title, an abstract of between 250 words, 5 keywords, and a justification of the abstract’s coherence with the conference theme. Submissions shall be made online through EasyChair and should be sent by 10 November 2020. Applicants will receive a response by late November 2020.


Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts on empirical studies, theoretical or discussion pieces, and action research will be considered for oral or poster paper presentation in the 8th IRFP. You may choose to present in any of the three themes for this Forum:

  • Methods in Crisis

  • Narratives and Narrative Strains

  • Performances: Virulence, Virality and Vision

The structured abstract should be written in English with no more than 250 words. Generally, an abstract should include background and objectives, methods, results, conclusions, and a maximum of five (5) keywords.

The submission of abstracts and papers will be managed through an online conference paper management system called EasyChair. The system gives the Author complete control over the submission. The Author can upload the abstract and check on the review status of the submission.


To submit an abstract follow the authors instructions for submitting to Easychair. If you already have an existing account in EasyChair, you may now proceed to submitting your abstract.


If you have no account in EasyChair, do not worry. Creating an account will be an easy task! Follow this link to create an account in EasyChair! Once you have created an account, you may proceed to submitting your abstract through EasyChair. 


Important dates

Important dates

10 November 2020


10 January 2021

25 January 2021

Deadline for submission of abstracts

Release of results

Submission of oral papers in video format and posters for virtual exhibit

Deadline for regular registration



Registration entitles the participants to the attendance of all sessions and a Certificate of Participation/Attendance.

Register through this link: FASTCO IRFP 2020

Registration is FREE. The link for the registration will close

midnight AEDT, Monday 25th January 2021.

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Prof. Patricia B. Arinto

Professor, University of the Philippines Open University Dean, University of the Philippines Tacloban College.

"Education in the Philippines at the time of COVID-19"

Day 1, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM AEDT

(8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PST)


Prof. Jazmin B. Llana

College of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University

"Performing Virulence"

Day 1, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM AEDT

(11:00 AM - 12:00 NN PST)

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Dr. Joan O. Narciso

Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health, ETH Zürich

"Pursuing research and scholarship admist the pandemic"

Day 2: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM AEDT

(12:00NN - 1:00 PM PST)

Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers



DAY 1, 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM AEDT

(12:00 NN - 1:00PM PST)


Kristian James Guinto

Master of Data Science

RMIT University

Larry Reyes

PhD Candidate,

Institute of Materials

Deakin University

Jean Linis-Dinco

PhD Candidate,

Faculty of Arts

The University of Melbourne

Panel Discussion 1 & 2



DAY 2, 11:00 AM- 12:00 NN AEDT

(8:00 AM - 9:00AM PST)


Dr. Iderlina Mateo-Babiano

Melbourne School of Design

The University of Melbourne

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Dr. Joselito P. Quirino

Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science

University of Tasmania

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Dr. David Turner

School of Chemistry,

Monash University

Working Committee:

FASTCO Officers 2020-2021

Chair of the Organising Committee:

Charisse Reyes (Monash University)


Nina Araneta-Alana (The University of Melbourne)

Erika Carreon (The University of Melbourne)

Committee Members:   

Bret Hart Gutierrez (The University of Melbourne)

Carmela Therese Arcena (Monash University)

Dennis John Sumaylo (RMIT University)

Jerome David Infante (Southern Cross Education Institute)

Kristian Guinto (RMIT University)

Krysthal Marie Vasallo (Monash University)

Jay Allen Villon (Monash University)

Neil Bernardo (The Univeristy of Melbourne)
Nelia Bonita Agbon (Monash Univeristy)


Email  with the subject "IRFP 2020"
and we will get back to you within 10 working days.

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