About the Conference

COMIUCAP International Conference

UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS, MANILA, PHILIPPINES
28-30 MAY 2020

It is evident in the history of the Catholic Church how both faith and reason have been instrumental in the conversion of Rome and its eventual triumph in Europe, from which it has spread across the world through both cross and sword. Yet the dawn of the Second Vatican Council (Vat. II) provided the opportunity for ecumenism with Orthodox Churches and Protestantism, but more so it laid down guidelines for possible interfaith and intercultural dialogue with the immense cultural and intellectual heritages of the East particularly the great traditions of Asia. This marked a movement in evangelization from cross and sword to the opportunity of listening to the other culture. 2020 marks the 55th anniversary since the closing of Vat. II and since then numerous publications have focused especially on the theme of dialogue: Fides et Ratio, Ad Gentes: Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church, Nostra Aetate: Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions, Evangelii Nuntiandi: Dialogue in Mission, and Redemptoris Missio: Dialogue and Proclamation, among others. Coincidentally, the University convenes this conference in anticipation of the 500th year Jubilee of the Christianization of the Philippines in 2021. In view of all these, we invite scholars to reflect on the engagement of faith, reason, and dialogue in today’s world, particularly in the rich opportunity of listening to cultures from the East.

The conference is open, but not limited, to the following themes:

FAITH

  • Success of evangelization of the West
  • Attempts at evangelizing Asia
  • Evangelizing after the Second Vatican Council
  • Christianity in Asia
  • 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines
  • Tracking the Future of Asian Evangelization
  • Rapprochement of the Vatican and China
  • Assessing the status of Christianity in Asia
  • Resolution of the Rites Controversy and the Future of Christianity in China
  • Theologizing in the Asian context
  • Prospects for Asian Christianity in the Digital Age

REASON

  • Impact of Western Philosophy to the Fathers and the Doctors of the Church
  • Philosophy’s Ancillary Role to Theology in Asia
  • Impact of Religion to Doing Philosophy Today
  • Reason in Eastern Cultures and Philosophies
  • Philosophy and Culture in Asia
  • Indian Philosophy and Christian Philosophy
  • Chinese Philosophy and Christian Philosophy
  • Revisiting the East-West Philosophy Encounter

DIALOGUE

  • Role of dialogue in spreading the faith
  • Ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue
  • Chinese culture in dialogue with Christian faith
  • Indian culture in dialogue with Christian faith
  • Dialogue between religion and politics
  • Christianity as cultural meeting point
  • East-West Dialogue of Faith and Reason
  • Challenges to Dialogue in Asia
  • The Problem of Dialogue of Faith and Reason
  • Filipino Culture in Dialogue with Christian Faith

About the Convener

COMIUCAP

Conférence Mondiale des Institutions Universitaires Catholiques de Philosophie

The Conférence Mondiale des Institutions Universitaires Catholiques de Philosophie (COMIUCAP) is the Sectorial Group for Philosophy of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU/FIUC). It aims to promote the exchange of information and institutional cooperation among institutions of Philosophy established in the frame of the Catholic Universities that today exist throughout the World.

Visit our website: http://www.comiucap.net

About the Host

University of Santo Tomas

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) is the oldest existing university in Asia. In terms of student population, it is the largest Catholic university in the world in a single campus.

The University of Santo Tomas, the Pontifical, Royal, and Catholic University of the Philippines, is a Dominican institution of learning founded in 1611, under the patronage of St. Thomas Aquinas. Its oldest academic programs are Philosophy and Theology, which have since been inevitably in dialogue with cultures of East.

Visit our website: http://www.ust.edu.ph

Conference Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Salomón Lerner Febres, Ph.D.
Vice President – World, COMIUCAP
Pontificia Universidad Católica del
Perú Lima, Peru

Prof. Kim Seung Chul (金 承哲), Dr. Theol.
Director
南山宗教文化研究所 Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture
Nagoya, Japan

Prof. Kurian Kachapilly,
C.M.I., Ph.D.

President
Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram
Pontifical Athenaeum,
Bangalore, India

Prof. Benedict Kanakappally, O.C.D., Ph.D
Consultor
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Pontificia Università Urbaniana,
Rome, Italy

Prof. Kai
Man Kwan, Ph.D

香港浸會大學 Hongkong Baptist University Hong Kong

Prof. Michael
Mascari, O.P., Ph.D.

Academic Dean
Aquinas Institute of Theology
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Prof. Jānis Tālivaldis
Ozoliņš, Ph.D.

Vice President for Oceania, COMIUCAP
University of Notre Dame,
Sydney, Australia

Asst. Prof. Hermel
Pama, O.P., Ph.D.

University of Santo Tomas,
Manila, Philippines

Prof. Brendan
Sweetman, Ph.D.

Vice President for North America, COMIUCAP
Rockhurst University Kansas City,
Missouri , USA

Prof. João
Vila-Chã, S.J., Ph.D.

President, COMIUCAP
Pontificia Università Gregoriana,
Rome, Italy

How to Participate

Call for Papers

It is evident in the history of the Catholic Church how both faith and reason have been instrumental in the conversion of Rome and its eventual triumph in Europe, from which it has spread across the world through both cross and sword. Yet the dawn of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) provided the opportunity for ecumenism with Orthodox Churches and Protestantism, but more so it laid down guidelines for possible interfaith and intercultural dialogue with the immense cultural and intellectual heritages of the East particularly the great traditions of Asia. This marked a movement in evangelization from cross and sword to the opportunity of listening to the other culture.

The year 2020 marks the 55th anniversary since the closing of Vatican II and since then numerous publications have focused especially on the theme of dialogue: Fides et Ratio, Ad Gentes: Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church, Nostra Aetate: Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions, Evangelii Nuntiandi: Dialogue in Mission, and Redemptoris Missio: Dialogue and Proclamation, among others

Coincidentally, the University convenes this conference in anticipation of the 500th year Jubilee of the Christianization of the Philippines in 2021. In view of all these, we invite scholars to reflect on the engagement of faith, reason, and dialogue in today’s world, particularly in the rich opportunity of listening to cultures from the East. The conference is open, but not limited, to the following themes:

FAITH

  • Success of evangelization of the West
  • Attempts at evangelizing Asia
  • Evangelizing after the Second Vatican Council
  • Christianity in Asia
  • 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines
  • Tracking the Future of Asian Evangelization
  • Rapprochement of the Vatican and China
  • Assessing the status of Christianity in Asia
  • Resolution of the Rites Controversy and the Future of Christianity in China
  • Theologizing in the Asian context
  • Prospects for Asian Christianity in the Digital Age

REASON

  • Impact of Western Philosophy to the Fathers and the Doctors of the Church
  • Philosophy’s Ancillary Role to Theology in Asia
  • Impact of Religion to Doing Philosophy Today
  • Reason in Eastern Cultures and Philosophies
  • Philosophy and Culture in Asia
  • Indian Philosophy and Christian Philosophy
  • Chinese Philosophy and Christian Philosophy
  • Revisiting the East-West Philosophy Encounter

DIALOGUE

  • Role of dialogue in spreading the faith
  • Ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue
  • Chinese culture in dialogue with Christian faith
  • Indian culture in dialogue with Christian faith
  • Dialogue between religion and politics
  • Christianity as cultural meeting point
  • East-West Dialogue of Faith and Reason
  • Challenges to Dialogue in Asia
  • The Problem of Dialogue of Faith and Reason
  • Filipino Culture in Dialogue with Christian Faith

Abstracts for contribution that meet the conference aims are welcomed for parallel presentations, and we welcome proposals from philosophical and theological associations and other intellectual groups for roundtable discussions. Plenary speakers are solely by invitation.

The official languages of the conference will be French, English and Spanish. Papers not written in English are required an English abstract to be attached to the final paper.

Paper Proposals

Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words prepared for blind review. Submission of abstracts should be accompanied by the participant’s name, affiliation, and contact details (in the body of the email if submitted by email; or as required by the submission page of the Conference website). The submitted abstract should be about 150 words. Speakers will be allotted 30 minutes, 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions.

Submit Paper Proposal

Roundtable Discussion Proposals

Please send a panel title with up to a 400-word description of the panel’s aim and the connection of the papers. Please also include the individual abstracts and bios. Panels will be 90-120 minutes, consisting of atleast 7 members.

Submit Roundtable Discussion Proposal

Abstracts may be submitted starting June 15, 2019.
We are open to non-traditional presentation formats but please specify what you intend to do and the manner of presenting, if necessary, in the proposal. All conference rooms will have standard AV equipment.
We especially encourage submissions from members of underrepresented groups and the minority in philosophy and in society. All abstracts/proposals may be submitted either through email (comiucapmanilammxx@ust.edu.ph) or the Conference website (http://comiucapmanilammxx.ust.edu.ph) from June 15 to the midnight 31 December 2019 following this format on the subject heading:

ABSTRACT_PARALLEL(or ROUNDATABLE)_LASTNAME.
Decisions will be relayed no later than 31 January 2020. The conference aims to have a prepared Book of Abstracts. Only revised and final abstracts submitted on or before 31 March 2020 shall be accommodated in the Book of Abstracts.
Conference registration, however, is prerequisite for inclusion in both Book of Abstracts and final programme.
For more information about the conference, please visit the official conference website: http://comiucapmanilammxx.ust.edu.ph or email the CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT at comiucapmanilammxx@ust.edu.ph.

Guidelines and Information

Registration

Registration and payment are required for all participants to be included in the official list of delegates (for attendees) and official programme (for presenters).

Registration is only available online at http://comiucapmanilammxx.ust.edu.ph.

Registration Fees

Type of Participants Early
(Until 31 January 2020)
Standard
Local International Local International
SCHOLARS / PARTICIPANTS P 6,000.00 $ 120.00 P 7,000.00 $ 140.00
GRADUATE STUDENT P 5,000.00 $ 100.00 P 6,000.00 $ 120.00
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT P 4,000.00 $ 80.00 P 5,000.00 $ 100.00

Inclusions

  • Access to all conference sessions – Plenary Lectures and Parallel Sessions
  • Conference Kit with Final Programme
  • Book of Abstracts and Conference Papers of Plenary Speakers
  • CD/Flashdrive files of Parallel Papers
  • Lunch (28-30 May)
  • Coffee and snacks (28-30 May)
  • Certificate of Attendance

Early registration with discounted rate ends 31 January 2020. Registration done after will be considered as standard registration.

For students, proof is needed (valid school ID, official registration forms) to secure student discount. Please send to comiucapmanilammxx@ust.edu.ph.

Confirmation will be sent to the participant only upon receipt of both online registration and payment.

Payment

  • All payments must be made either in US Dollar or Philippine Peso.
  • Online payments can be made through bank transfer.
  • All payments must be made before 31 March 2020. Only those who have completed the registration and submitted a copy of the deposit slip will be included in the official Programme/ Book of Abstracts of the Conference
  • Please email a copy of your deposit slip to the Secretariat (comiucapmanilammxx@ust.edu.ph) in .pdf or .jpg format.
  • You may deposit your payment to either of the following bank accounts:
Account Name Account Numebr Bank Name
University of Santo Tomas 0151-0000-45
(Peso Savings)
Bank of the Philippine Islands
España-UST Branch
España Blvd., Sampaloc, Manila
University of Santo Tomas 0154-0068-77
(Dollar savings)
Bank of the Philippine Islands
España-UST Branch
España Blvd., Sampaloc, Manila
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing and sent via e-mail to comiucapmanilammxx@ust.edu.ph. before 14 April 2020. The amount of refund will depend on the date of cancellation:

  • Before 14 March 2020: 100% refund
  • Before 14 April 2020: 100% refund less P750 or $15 administration fee
  • 15 April 2020 onwards: No refund

All refunds will be issued within 30 days after the end of the conference.

Others

Your confirmation email will serve as your receipt until you receive a hard copy at the conference registration desk.

  • Each attendee must register separately
  • Early registration payments must be received by 31 January 2020 for the early registration fees to apply. If registered yet not paid by this date, standard rates automatically apply. You will be held responsible for higher rates.
  • You MUST print the official confirmation of registration e-mail and bring it with you to the onsite registration desk.
  • For further information or inquiries REGISTRATION, please contact The Secretariat at comiucapmanilammxx@ust.edu.ph.

REGISTER NOW

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Helpful Tips and Important Dates to remember

Accommodation

The conference fee does not include accommodation. It is up to the participant to secure accommodation. The Committee suggests some hotels/inn near the University but does not offer any package for booking there.

Possible accommodations (according to proximity to the University):

  • ...

    The Bayleaf Hotel

     Muralla cor. Victoria Sts., Intramuros, 1002 Manila
     +632 304 7300
  • ...

    The Manila Hotel

     One Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines, 0913
     +632 527 0011
  • ...

    The Luneta Hotel

     414 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila
     +632 8 875 8921 to 25
  • ...

    Pan Pacific Hotel

     M. Adriatico Corner Gen. Malvar Sts., Malate Manila
     +632 318 0788

Temperature

(forecasted) 35°C (day) and 24°C (night).


Attire

Casual for conference proper;
Semi-formal for opening rites and banquets receptions


Currency

Philippine Peso (PhP) is used; foreign currency is not accepted in establishments but there are numerous money changers around. The conversion rate as of CfP’s posting: USD 1.00 = PhP 52.63.


Important Dates

31 December 2019:
Deadline for the Submission of Paper abstract/panel proposal/roundtable discussion
31 January 2020:
Notification of Acceptance
31 January 2020:
Deadline for Early Registration
31 March 2020:
Revised Abstracts (for Book of Abstracts) deadline
31 March 2020:
Registration payment deadline (for inclusion in Book of Abstracts)
30 April 2020:
Final Paper deadline
28-30 May 2020:
Conference

Get in touch

Contact Us

COMIUCAP MANILA MMXX SECRETARIAT

Ecclesiastical Faculties, University of Santo Tomas

España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines 1015
+63-2-731-4066 / +63-2-406-1611 loc. 8261
comiucapmanilammxx@ust.edu.ph