The #PHISO2019 International Conference and Exploratory Workshop took place on 8-10 November 2019 at the Cebu Parklane International Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines. The workshop and conference presentations, discussions, as well as shared opinions and suggestions centered around the theme, Diplomacy, Dialogue, and Discourse: Praxes Turn in IR. The two-pronged event kicked off with the WISC-PHISO Exploratory Workshop on 8 November 2019 and proceeded with the conference proper on 9-10 November 2019. Of the 98 pre-registered participants, 88 had their registration details authenticated during the conference proper.
PHISO’s aim of bringing together practitioners’ experiences working on different dimensions of International Relations on the one hand, and scholars’ empirical and theoretical knowledge in the study of the international on the other hand, has been met given the diversity of participants and paper presenters. The event has served as a venue for academics and practitioners to discuss challenges and opportunities for cooperative prospects between scholarship and practice in forwarding Philippine and Global South interests in the world.
This year’s Call for Proposals (CfP) elicited 103 abstract submissions, 65% of which are from international scholars. Among the submissions, 52 were accepted for presentation by the Proposal Review and Evaluation Committee. These papers were arranged into 11 panel sessions in addition to 2 panel proposals and 5 roundtable discussions (RTDs). The accepted abstracts include 5 high quality papers that qualified for workshop presentation.