It is with great pleasure that we welcome you all to the inaugural conference of the Philippine International Studies Organization. Since PHISO’s inception, it has been one of our primary goals to link young students with professors, researchers, practitioners and scholars of International Relations and we are delighted by the sheer amount of participation from these sectors in our activities. In line with the selected theme of this conference, Disciplining the discipline, we hope to be able to interrogate the history and development of IR and IS in the Philippines as well as discuss ways of moving forward in terms of research agenda and scope. Theorizing in IR has undergone rapid changes in the last few decades, not only within the dominant schools of realism and liberalism but also in terms of reflexivist scholarship. In particular, much work has been devoted in recent years to the re-examination of IR’s foundations to allow the field to be more cognizant of marginalized groups, pre-colonial histories, and people-to-people relations. It is within this very framework that we would like to examine Philippine contributions to IR. Indeed, these are exciting times for the field and we invite you all to participate with us, engage with these developments and collaborate with scholars and future leaders in the spirit of scholarly exchange.
I wish you all the best for the conference ahead and welcome you to join our organization.
Prof. Frances Antoinette Cruz
01 March 2017, Manila