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Ian Christopher B. Alfonso

Ian Christopher B. Alfonso is the Supervising History Researcher and Officer-in-Charge of the Research, Publication, and Heraldry Division of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. He sits as a Board Member of the Philippine Historical Association. He graduated with a Master of Arts in History (2018) at the University of the Philippines Diliman and is currently finishing a Doctor of Philosophy in History in the same school. He obtained his Bachelor of Secondary Education (Social Studies) at the Bulacan State University (2010). His research interests are Philippine pre-colonial and early colonial history, Philippine Revolution, nationalism, and Philippine local history.

Ericson M. Borre

Ericson M. Borre is a Filipino Augustinian and a native of Davao, Philippines. He finished his AB in Philosophy and Theology from the University of San Agustin and theUniversity of Sto. Tomas, respectively. He obtained his Masters in Religious Studiesfrom San Sebastian College - Manila and in History (Europa y el Mundo Atlántico) from the Universidad de Valladolid (Spain). Currently, he is finishing his doctoral studies inMundo Hispanico at the Universidad de León. Ericson is also a member-correspondentof the Augustinian Historical Institute (Rome).

John D. Blanco

John D. (Jody) Blanco teaches modern Philippine, Latin American, and Asian-American literatures, with a focus on the literatures and cultures of early modern globalization under the Spanish Empire (Philippine, Latin American, and Asian), at the University of California, San Diego. His current research and book manuscript engage in the “co-invention” of Philippine Christianity and native custom in the literature of spiritual Conquest in the Philippines between the 16th-18th centuries, which highlights the processes of counter-Hispanization and the law as phantasmagoria. He is the author of Frontier Constitutions: Christianity and Colonial Empire in the 19th Century Philippines (UC Press, 2009) and the translator of Julio Ramos, Divergent Modernities of Latin America: Culture and Politics in the 19th Century (Duke UP, 2001). He has also edited two special issue journals: one on the political philosopher Carl Schmitt in the study of the early modern Americas (Política común v.5) and the second on Colonialism-Capitalism-Catholicism (with Daniel Nemser) (Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 19.2).

Florina H. Capistrano-Baker

Florina H. Capistrano-Baker received the Ph.D, M.Phil, and M.A. from the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University in the City of New York. Dr. Capistrano-Baker was formerly Museum Director of the Ayala Museum (Philippines) where she is currently a Consultant. Her scholarly work has been supported by grants from Columbia University, Ford Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, American Association of University Women, Japan Foundation, Locsin Foundation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Getty Research Institute. She most recently co-edited Transpacific Engagements: Trade, Translation, and Visual Culture of Entangled Empires 1565-1898 (2020).

Grace Liza Concepcion

Grace Liza Concepcion holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She wrote her dissertation on the rise and development of pueblos in Laguna de Bay, a region outside Manila, from the late 16th to the mid-18th century. She is interested in exploring the changes in the social and political dynamics that these emergent spaces brought about. She is presently researching on indigenous land ownership in the Philippines.

Ros Costelo

Ros Costelo is an Assistant Professor in the University of the Philippines Department of History.  She obtained her Doctorado en Historia Contemporánea (mención internacional) and Master Interuniversitario en Historia Contemporánea degrees in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She has is currently a Margarita Salas postdoctoral fellow in the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She finished BA History (2007) and MA History (2012) in the UP Department of History. Her research interests are Spanish colonial public works and engineering in the Philippines, techno-scientific network in the Spanish, British, and French empires, and diplomatic history.

Eberhard Crailsheim

Eberhard Crailsheim is researcher at the Institute of History of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid. He received his doctorate at the University of Graz, Austria, was postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hamburg, visiting professor in Hagen, Germany, and Marie Curie fellow in Madrid. His research interests include the Spanish Empire in the early modern period, focussing on economic history as well as on the cultural history of the political. He is the author of the monograph “The Spanish Connection” and has published extensively on the colonial history of the Philippines.

Lino L Dizon

Lino L Dizon is a commissioner of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines [NHCP], EXECON-Member of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)’ National Committee for Historical Research (NCHR), and a member of the Technical Panel for Historyof the Commission on Higher Education. He is a retired History professor of Tarlac State University. He holds a PhD (Philippine Studies) from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He is a recipient of several scholarship and research grants including Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation and was a Fulbright Research Fellow for 2010-2011 at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Kristie Flannery

Kristie Flannery is a research fellow at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at ACU, and an expert in the history of the early modern Philippines and the global Spanish empire. Kristie completed her doctorate in history at the University of Texas at Austin. She has won numerous international fellowships and awards, including the Graduate School’s Outstanding Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in the humanities overall in 2020. Kristie has published in high-impact history journals including The William & Mary Quarterly, and her first book, a monograph exploring the history of piracy and empire in the Philippines, is under contract with Penn Press.

Regalado Trota José

Regalado Trota José studied anthropology and Philippine Studies (major in art history) at the University of the Philippines. Since the 1980s, he has been advocating the study and conservation of cultural heritage. In 1999, Jose was recognized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines as one of 100 Filipinos who helped build the Filipino nation through art and culture during the last 100 years. He was the archivist of the University of Santo Tomás from 2010 to 2021. José also concertized extensively with the Philippine Madrigal Singers.

Maria Cristina Juan

Maria Cristina Juan has an MA in Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies from SOAS and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. As an Associate Professor at the Humanities Department of the University of the Philippines, Cebu, she taught at U.P. before she moved to New York in 1996 then to London in 2013. In 2017, she spearheaded the creation of Philippine Studies at SOAS (PSS) under the Centre of South East Asian Studies. Philippine Studies at SOAS is an interdisciplinary forum for Philippine-related teaching, research and cultural production in the UK. With training in the Digital Humanities from the University of Leiden and the Interactive Telecommunications Program of New York, Cristina has implemented a number of digital projects at SOAS that seek to not only provide open access to colonial archives but also create avenues for sourcing and inscribing annotative knowledge from academic and cultural originators in the Philippines and South East Asia.

Christina H. Lee

Dr. Christina H. Lee is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University. She is an early modernist whose work focuses on the literary and cultural productions of Iberian Spain and the Spanish Pacific. Her recent publications include: Saints of Resistance: Devotions in the Philippines of Early Spanish Rule (Oxford University Press, 2021), The Anxiety of Sameness in Early Modern Spain (Manchester University Press, 2015), The Spanish Pacific, 1521-1815: A Reader of Primary Sources (with Ricardo Padrón, Amsterdam University Press, 2020), the collection of essays Western Visions of Far East in a Transpacific Age (Routledge [Ashgate], 2012), and the Spanish edition of Lope de Vega’s Los mártires de Japón (Juan de la Cuesta, 2006). She is also the co-editor of the global history book series Connected Histories in Early Modern Europe (with Julia Schleck), at Amsterdam University Press. In 2022, Christina Lee and Cristina Martinez-Juan (SOAS University of London) received a joint NEH/AHRC three-year grant to carry out the project “A Digital Repatriation of a Lost archive of the Spanish Pacific: The Library of The Convent of San Pablo (Manila, 1762).” This project will repatriate more than 1,500 books and manuscripts seized from the archives of the Convent of San Pablo (now the Church of San Agustin) during the British occupation of Manila, 1762 to 1764.

Dries Lyna

Dries Lyna is a social and cultural historian of the 17th and 18th centuries, with special interest in civic institutions of the Low Countries and VOC settlements in the Indian Ocean World. Trained at the Centre for Urban History (University of Antwerp), he has published on VOC institutions and social mobility in Colombo and Galle, Sri Lanka. He is interested in the family life of former slaves in the suburbs of Colombo, as part of the projects 'Life after slavery' and 'Slavery, forced migration and family history', collaborations with the University of Glasgow of which he is project leader.

Victorino Mapa Manalo

Victorino Mapa Manalo, C.E.S.E. is the Executive Director of the National Archives of the Philippines. He is also a Board Member at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. Previously, Director Manalo was a Museum Director at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila as well as at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He previously worked with the Ayala Foundation, Inc., where he developed, designed and established exhibits, tours and programs for the community museum of the parish of his hometown, Dauis, Bohol. He is also a writer who has won national prizes like the Don Carlos Palanca Award for Literature. Director Manalo holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Post Graduate Certificate for Archival Studies from Hongkong University. In December of 2013, he was the topnotcher for the Career Executive Service (CES) Eligibility examination administered by the Career Executive Service Board.

Ambeth R Ocampo

Ambeth R Ocampo is a public historian whose research covers the late 19th-century Philippines; its art, culture, and the people who figure in the birth of the nation. Professor of History, Ateneo de Manila University, he previously served as Chairman, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Chairman National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Co-Chair Manila Historical Commission and President, Philippine Historical Association. He has popularized Philippine history in 35 books, a widely-read editorial page column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and growing Instagram and Facebook pages.

Guadalupe Pinzón-Ríos

Guadalupe Pinzón-Ríos is Dr. in History from the National Autonomus University of México (UNAM). Currently, she is researcher at the Institute of Historical Researchers (IIH) and professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (FFyL). She is also member of the National System of Researchers of México. She studies the maritime activities of New Spain during the Modern Period (specially along the Pacific) as can be seen in her books, chapters and articles.

Hana Qugana

Hana Qugana (PhD, University College London) is Lecturer in Global History at the University of Sussex. Her research broadly engages with histories of empire, ethnogenesis and global civil society, and postcolonial approaches to heritage and commemoration in the context of Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Her work has most recently appeared in 'Tupaia, Captain Cook and the Voyage of the Endeavour: a material history' (London: Bloomsbury, 2022). She is currently writing a monograph about nation building and Third Worldism through the lens of Philippine educational publishing.

Juan Jose Rivas

Juan Jose Rivas is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economic History at the LSE, where he currently is writing a thesis on the capital markets of Manila during the long Eighteenth century. He also holds an MSc in Economic History from the LSE, and a BA in History from King’s College London. Juan has received a short-term fellowship from the Newberry Library, Chicago to conduct archival research, and is a recipient of an ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

Joefe B. Santarita

Joefe B. Santarita is Professor and former Dean of the University of the Philippines’ Asian Center. In 2012, he was conferred the Doctor of Philosophy in South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. He has been serving as affiliate faculty of the UP Open University’s ASEAN Studies Graduate Program, Tri College PhD Philippine Studies Program, and the School of Library and Information Studies. His research interest focuses on India-ASEAN relations, data diplomacy, and maritime history, and has published several books, chapters, and journal articles. Currently, he serves as the President of the ASEAN Studies Association of the Philippines.

Nicholas Sy

Nicholas Sy is assistant professor at the Department of History, University of the Philippines Diliman. Currently on study leave, he is based at Radboud University Nijmegen where his is writing his dissertation under the supervision of Prof.dr. Jan Kok and dr. Dries Lyna—a project that combines cultural, social, and demographic history approaches to describe an intertwining of colonial and local forms of slavery. This dissertation is an Early Modern history of Indian Ocean encounters in an archipelago that was a vital link connecting Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic histories of slavery.