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CFP: The SACRED, the STATE, and the POOR

The Philippine Association for the Sociology of Religion in partnership with the Faculty of Arts and Letters – University of Santo Tomas invite you to 3rd International Conference dubbed. The SACRED, the STATE and the POOR: Challenges/Gaps, Initiatives, and Cooperations in Engaging the Habitus of Poverty on

February 26 to 28, 2016

Call for Papers and Other Materials:

  1. A. Researches – as referred to here are the scientific papers that sought to discover or bring to light facts regarding the phenomenon of poverty and the interventions, or absence of it, by the Sacred and the State.


  1. Reflections – reflections on the other hand are serious consideration of a particular academic interest. In this case, it is the phenomenon of poverty and how the Sacred and the State intervene, or otherwise, to lessen or eradicate it.


  1. Documentaries – generally mean factual record of something and in this call for materials, it refers to the interpretation and presentation about the phenomenon of poverty employing the medium of film or the digital camera (film), photography and artwork (fine arts).
  2. Video-Ethnography – this focuses on a particular group, the poor and dynamics of the sacred and the state towards poverty, as the subject employing digital camera as its medium of presentation and interpretation. (20-30 minutes length)
  3. Photo-Ethnography – this also focuses on the sacred, the state and the poor using the still photos as its medium of presentation and interpretation.
  4. Art Works – this portrays and interprets the same focus or subject, the dynamics of the poor, the sacred and the state, or the absence of it, using the media of fine arts.


Areas/Disciplines that maybe involved:

  • Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Governance and Public Administration
  • Economics, Community Development and Social Work
  • Religion and Theology, History, Philosophy and Education
  • Fine Arts, Multi-Media Arts, Mass Communication and Development Communication
  • Other Disciplines

Important Dates:

Deadline of Submission of Abstract: 15 December 2015

Deadline of Submission of Full Paper: 30 December 2015


Registration Fee:

Foreign (Professionals) 400 USD Coverage:

2 lunch, 5 snacks, kit and souvenir, for 3 days

with single-room hotel accommodation.

hotel to airport service.

Kit and souvenirs


Local (Professional) – 4,000.00


2 lunch, 5 snacks, kit and souvenir, for 3 days

(without accommodation)

Local (Students) – [TBA]



Contact Person: Prof. Precious ‘Chot’ Velasquez, M.A.

(email:, mobile: 09298208047)