International Research Forum on the Philippines 2016

Anticipating Futures:

Opportunities and Challenges for the Philippines

La Trobe University, City Campus
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
21-22 November 2016
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Two Days of Scholarly Anticipations

Now on its 4th year, the International Research Forum on the Philippines (IRFP), previously known as The Philippine Research Forum, is a gathering of academics, scholars, and students interested about the Philippines.  It is a coming together of people from different disciplines, locations, and cultural backgrounds to discuss about their recent scholarly work related to the Philippines, attend workshops, and engage in roundtable discussions about the annual theme.

IRFP 2016

360 Collins St., Melb
Level 20


The Filipino Australian Students Council of Victoria (FASTCO), in cooperation with the Philippines Australia Studies Center of La Trobe University, hopes to make IRFP 2016 an avenue to raise critical questions, intellectually engage with fellow scholars on the Philippines, and hopefully generate constructive ideas concerning issues, challenges, and potentials of Philippine research.  With the vibrant Melbourne landscape and interesting papers as backdrop, this year's forum is definitely something to look forward to.

About IRFP 2016

Originally started as a gathering of Filipino postgraduate students (MAs and PhDs) in Australia as a research-sharing opportunity, the conference has now grown to include Filipino scholars based in the Philippines, academics in Australia, and even community leaders .  The conference has always been spearheaded by the Filipino Australian Students Council (FASTCO) of Victoria in cooperation with La Trobe's Philippines Australia Studies Center since 2013 and has helped postgraduates to think about their work more critically, scholars to promote and build networks, and community leaders to communicate issues.

What is IRFP 2016?
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IRFP through time


Papers about change, developments, issues, and future directions from the following fields are highly encouraged:

-Social Sciences and Humanities


-Business, Management, and Finance

-Sciences, Technology, and Engineering


Submission Date:

TUESDAY, 25 October 2016, 5:00 PM (AEDT)

Submit an accomplished submission form including (1) title, (2) 250-word abstract, (3) short bio, 100 words (max) through with the subject "IRFP 2016 Abstract".



Kindly address all inquiries concerning submission to JAY DE LOS REYES, Forum Chair at

Notification of acceptance will be released three (3) working days after submission




Please feel free to register using the form that comes with your notice of acceptance.  Should you need to download a new one, just click the link below.  Send your registration forms to with the subject "IRFP Registration".  DEADLINE: 04 November 2016





A$100 - Professionals and International participants

A$20 - Australia-based students and FASTCO members.

*A limited number of registration fee waivers are available for international participants.

Recent developments in the Philippines, along with greater social media access, have engendered more conspicuous participation of Filipinos in discourse and introspection about CHANGE and FUTURES.


This year, the Filipino-Australian Students Council of Victoria (FASTCO) and La Trobe University's Philippines Australia Studies Centre (PASC) invite postgraduate students, scholars, and individuals to take part in the International Research Forum on the Philippines.



Previous Fora


2nd Melbourne Pinoy Students Research Forum, September 15



Philippine Research Forum, November 12-13

Melbourne Filipino International Students Research Forum and Art Exhibit, June 1


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La Trobe University

City Campus

Level 20, 360 Collins St. 

Melbourne, VIC 3000 AUS

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