Religion in the 21st Century: National Canopy Forum on Theory, Methods and Research

Religion in the 21st Century: National Canopy Forum on Theory, Methods and Research

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Ecclesiastical Faculty
University of Sto. Tomas
Espana, Manila


Religion in the 21st Century: National Canopy Forum on Theory, Methods and Research

Religion in the 21st Century: National Canopy Forum on Theory, Methods and Research

Religion in the 21st Century
National Canopy Forum on Theory, Methods and Research

February 26 – 28, 2014
Martyr’s Hall, Ecclesiastical Faculty
University of Sto. Tomas, Manila


(Please deposit your payment to BDO Account No. 495-0373016, Philippine Association for the Sociology of Religion, Inc. Please keep bank receipt.):

Regular: P 2,000 (With certificate, seminar kit, book of abstracts and food.)

Graduate student: P 1,500 (With certificate, seminar kit, book of abstracts and food.)


Regular 1: P 2,500 (With certificate, seminar kit, book of abstracts and food.)

Regular 2: P 2,000 (With certificate and seminar kit.)
Graduate student 1: P 2,000 (With certificate, seminar kit, book of abstracts and food.)

Graduate Student 2: P 1,500 (With certificate and seminar kit.)

Undergraduate student: P 300 (With certificate and merienda.)

Participants from Calamity-hit and War-torn Areas: FREE (With certificate, seminar kit, book of abstracts and food.)

For those who want to become members of PASR, a separate amount of P 1,000 is required as membership fee valid for one year. PASR also accepts application for institutional membership.

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PASR Journal

PASR Journal Volume 1, 2014

Watch out for the first issue of our PASR Journal this 2014!

The PASR Journal is the official journal of the Philippine Association for the Sociology of Religion (PASR). It publishes (1) theoretical and methodological papers on religion as a social institution and as a process especially in relation to other social structures in Philippine society; (2) academic reviews of recent books and articles in the sociology of religion; and (3) reflections about fora, seminars and conferences organized by PASR. The journal promotes interdisciplinarity and academic dialogue among scholars and practitioners in the social sciences, philosophy, theology and cultural studies by providing an academic platform for theoretical, methodological and pragmatic engagements. This journal is refereed by both international and local experts and is published annually by PASR.

The PASR Journal invites submission of unpublished manuscript with a preferable length of 3,000 to 10,000 words but longer contribution may also be accepted. An abstract with a length of at most 300 words is required. Manuscript must be submitted in MS Word format, double-spaced, font size 12-point to Submission must be in English or Filipino. Referencing must be in APA (American Psychological Association) format. The editors may consider to reduce the length of the manuscript especially when high cost of publication is an issue; however, the contributor will be notified which part of his/her paper might be removed or truncated before publishing the final e-journal or hard copy. Through online exchange of notes and comments between the editors and the contributor, a final manuscript for publication is expected to be achieved. This is to ensure that no substantial part or idea in the manuscript will be deleted before publication. Photographs, illustrations and tables maybe included and should be in high quality.

Facts, figures, analyses and opinions in articles published in the PASR Journal are solely the responsibility of the contributors including copyright infringement, if there is so. They do not in any manner represent the views of the PASR and the editors of the journal. The editors have the right to reject manuscripts that are deemed inappropriate for publication.

For inquiries about submission, subscription, advertisement or PASR membership, please email us at We invite you to visit our blog at for more information about the Philippine Association for the Sociology of Religion (PASR).

CALL FOR PAPERS: National Canopy Forum on Religion in the 21st Century

CALL FOR PAPERS: National Canopy Forum on Religion in the 21st Century



Religion in the 21st Century:
National Canopy Forum on Religion in Contemporary Philippine Society

February 26 – 28, 2014
Manila Room, Hasmin Hostel,
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, Manila

Many scholars in the past century predicted that modernity, industrialization, science and secularism will cause the wane of religion as a definitive force in society in the years to come. To some degree, their predictions have come true as we consider some aspects of religion dwindling in their influence today; however, we cannot discard the fact that religious processes and structures continue to thrive in different communities and, to some extent, morph into different forms. These religious processes pervade and manifest in different avenues of social life: sometimes determinative of current social change and socio-political relations resulting to conflicts and wars; oftentimes more implicit and benign, becoming constitutive of the way we define ourselves, relate to others and see the world.

This National Canopy Forum (NCF) explores the contemporary relevance of Religion as a social institution in society. Speakers in the first day will explore Contemporary Theories in the Sociology of Religion such as those of Niklas Luhmann and Bruno Latour. The following day, speakers will talk about Indigenous Research Methods. This is timely and important since sociologizing religion requires sensitizing theories and concepts and culturally sensitive methodology. On the last day, speakers and participants will discuss current researches and insights that tackle some of the most neglected but intriguing dimensions of Philippine society. Panel themes include: (1) the Dialogue of Life in Quiapo and Binondo; (2) Religion in Everyday Life; (3) Religion, Technology and Cyberspace; (4) Religion in times of Disasters; (5) the Cult of the Dead; (6) Religion in Educational Institutions and (7) Religious Heritage in Philippine Society. Others panel themes may be created depending on submissions received by the secretariat.

We invite individual submission of abstracts delving on these panel themes for possible presentation in the NCF until JANUARY 15. You may send your abstracts or inquiries to any of these email addresses:, or

Each interested participant will have to pay P 2,500.00 registration fee to help the organizers in shouldering the cost of food, seminar kit and other expenses incurred while setting up the NCF. Certificates of participation and completion of training will be given after the event. For those who want to join PASR, you may approach the secretariat and pay P 1,000.00 for individual membership good for 1 year; P 3,500.00 for individual membership good for 4 years; and P 10,000.00 for institutional membership good for 3 years. Members will receive a certificate of membership and access to PASR e-journal.

For more details, you may visit or contact our President at 09423839543 or the Secretary at 09214632761.

Canopy Forum on Religion in times of Disasters and Climate Entropy

When: December 6, 2013
Where: Claro M. Recto Hall, 6th floor, Main Academic Bldg., Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, Manila

Seminar fee:
Professional: 500 pesos
Student: Free


The Philippines is not new to strong typhoons and earthquakes that happen to visit its archipelago yearly. Being situated in the typhoon belt and pacific ring of fire, Filipinos have been used to recovering after a destructive natural calamity since the early times. This precariousness caused by “what nature has to offer” led many Filipinos, both the “traditional” and the “scientific”, to create explanations about calamities’ origin and nature, varying from local myths and legends and biblical “explanations” to technical discourses about changing climate patterns and earth composition. With the advancement of technology, global capitalism, weakening state and rise of different platforms of mass and social media, discourses about their origins as well as global future proliferate and “problems” and “issues” multiply, magnified or marginalized. This condition bombards multiple audiences across the globe with different sorts of information that contribute to the formation of “informed” opinion to some while causing extensive malaise to many.

This seminar aims to contribute to the widespread effort of “informing” the public about disaster risk and preparedness, but unlike most of it coming from the vantage points of the natural and engineering sciences, this seminar will showcase what the social sciences and philosophy could offer in debates and analyses. The theme of the seminar is about religion in disasters and climate entropy. We believe that this is timely given the recent events that happened in the country. The damages incurred after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck the Visayas and the recent magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol and Cebu raised legitimate concerns about how prepared Metro Manila is if ever these natural calamities hit the region. Speakers in the seminar will try to assess not only the “natural” component of the phenomenon but also the “social.” They will be trying to explore and explain the role of human activities and social institutions in predicting, preparing, responding and/or preventing severe fatalities and casualties in times of disaster and climate entropy.

Tentative Program

December 6, 2013 (Friday)

8:30 – 9:00 am


9:00 – 9:05 am

Doxology, National Anthem, PUP Hym

9:05 – 9:30 am

Welcoming Remarks

Manuel M. Muhi, D. Tech.

Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning and Development

PASR, ICS and the Canopy Forum

Virgilio A. Rivas, M.A.

Director, Institute for Cultural Studies

Opening Remarks

Esmeralda Sanchez, Ph.D.

President, Philippine Association for the Sociology of Religion

9:30 – 10:30 am

DREAM Project

DOST-UP-National Engineering Center

Open Forum


10:45 – 11:45 am

Anthropocene and Climate Entropy

Virgilio A. Rivas, M.A.

Director, Institute for Cultural Studies

Open Forum

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Reflections about Oplan Salubong

Esmeralda F. Sanchez, Ph.D.

President, Philippine Association for the Sociology of Religion

Open Forum

2:15 – 3:15 pm

Religion in Disasters

Peter Nitschke, Ed.D.

Asian Theological Seminary

Open Forum


3:30 – 4:30 pm

Cosmic Anthropology in Disasters

Asian Social Institute

Open Forum

4:15 – 5:00 pm

Awarding of Certificates

Closing Remarks

Jeffrey Bartilet, MA

Chief, Center for Humanities and Philosophy

National Canopy Forum scheduled this December in PUP is postponed.

Dear members and participants,

In solidarity with the significant number of presenters coming from the Visayas and with the national effort to help victims recover from the recent devastation in the said region, the board of PASR on November 11 decided to postpone the National Canopy Forum scheduled this December and move it to February 26 – 28, 2014, our general assembly. We will soon be releasing the program once it has been finalized. Our general assembly/National Canopy Forum in February will be having (1) a seminar on recent theories in the sociology of religion, (2) a seminar on indigenous research methods, and (3) presentation of papers about religion in everyday life, technology, politics, heritage, disasters and death.

For the meantime, we encourage members and presenters to donate goods for the victims of Yolanda in any of the DSWD regional centers, PUP Damayan or any legitimate donation drive efforts by the different universities and NGOs in the country. We also encourage members to volunteer for repacking of relief goods at DSWD-NROC in Pasay (near NAIA 1) or be a psychological first aider (PFA)/marshal/food distributor/Oplan Hatid at the Villamor Airbase (near NAIA 3). PASR is also accepting donations for the victims. You may drop off your donations at the Institute for Cultural Studies (ICS) in PUP Sta. Mesa, Room S415.

We are also planning to give discounts and sponsorship of registration and accommodation fees to participants and presenters coming from Visayas in February.

We believe that you are with us in minding the condition of our Visayan brothers and sisters.

Respectfully yours,

Secretary, PASR
Faculty, Department of Sociology, PUP

Call for Papers

The PASR Journal will be publishing its first peer-reviewed e-journal this December. Hence, we would like to invite scholars in the social sciences, philosophy and theology to submit full papers delving on religion as a social institution and as a social process in Philippine society. Interested academic should submit the following: an abstract of at most 300 words, five key words, full paper with word count between 3,000 to 10,000 words, and bibliography in APA format. Please submit your paper to Deadline of submissions is on November 20, 2013.

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