Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences
University of the Philippines, Manila



In celebration of the University of the Philippines’ Centennial this 2008, the Department of Arts and Communication of the College of Arts and Sciences, (University of the Philippines Manila) is pleased to announce its holding of ALAMAT : The 1st International Conference on Myths and Symbols, with the theme “Flood Stories, Lost Lands and Sunken Continents” to be held on November 24-27, 2008 at the Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In this connection, the Organizing Committee calls for papers from all interested parties in the local, national and international levels – from the academic and research institutions; the educational sector; the business and industry sector; the media sector; the arts, artists, and culture organizations; religious community and church groups , as well as the government sector, non-governmental groups and civil society, people’s groups, the kapatiran(1) sector, and the local government units to participate in this international conference , either as paper presenters, poster exhibitors or participants.

Any person or group that has an unpublished research work or study covering the main theme of the conference is encouraged to send an abstract of their work. Abstracts of not more than 800 words must be submitted by September 28, 2007, based on a chosen topic given below. The tentative topics covered by the conference are as follow:

• The Theme of Flood Stories, Lost Lands, and Sunken Continents in World Mythology : State of the Arts, History of Scholarship, Case Studies, Area Studies, and Comparative Studies (History of the scholarship on this theme; myths and symbols in particular areas of the world, touching on the given themes and motifs of great floods, lost lands/ civilizations, and sunken continents - local, national and international levels)

• Survivals, Remnants and Vestiges of Probable Pre-Diluvian Myths, Symbols, and Artifacts in the Arts and Culture of the World (Assumes that there are surviving myths, symbols and artifacts that may be traced from probable pre-diluvian “lost lands” revealed in the arts, myths, religion, etc. of the world)

• Science and Social Science-Related Investigations, Issues and Controversies Pertaining to the Myths and Symbols (Scientific, historical, geological, linguistic, astronomical, archeological, genetics, anthropological evidence to serve as grounding bases for the existence and survival of the myths and symbols - local, national, regional, international)

• Mu and Lemuria : Specific Myths, Legends and Symbols of the Kapatiran Movement and Some Esoteric and Cultic Groups in the Philippines – Independent Researchers and Personal Narratives (personal accounts and group narratives by folk religious, esoteric, mystical, millenarian, “kapatiran” (brotherhood / sisterhood) and other popular movements in line with Mu, Lemuria, etc.)

• Rediscovering the Ancient Myths and Symbols of the Flood, Lost Lands and Sunken Continents in the World for the New Millennium: Visions, Programs, Strategies and Innovative Applications (Visions, programs, and applications of these mythical themes and motifs for individual , national, regional, and global renewal, transformation, empowerment, liberation for the new millennium)

• Contemporary Flood Stories, Lost Communities and Sunken Lands : Emergent, Continuing, Evolving and Divergent Narratives (Personal narratives of contemporary catastrophic experiences of flood stories, lost communities, and sunken lands in the Philippines and various parts of the world )

The abstract must contain the following parts: Introduction (which indicates the thesis of the paper and the methodology of the study), Presentation of Data, Analysis and Interpretation , and Preliminary Conclusion of the Study / Paper.

A 20-member Review Committee representing several fields and disciplines of study, including some representatives from selected sectors will evaluate the submitted drafts. Please submit all abstracts as an e-mail attachment to the Coordinator of the Organizing Committee:

Prof. Grace Odal-Devora
e-mail address : mutisalah@yahoo.com

A special website for the Conference will later be put up to facilitate fast and easy communication with a greater number of people and groups all over the world.

There will be two screenings on the papers submitted. The first is the screening of the abstracts submitted based on the Call for Papers. The second is the screening of the completed paper sent based on the approved abstracts.

Abstracts will be screened based on their adherence to the theme of the conference, clarity of idea or thesis presented by the paper, and orderly presentation of the data.

The completed papers will be evaluated based on their adherence to the abstract approved by the Panel of Reviewers. Results of the abstract evaluation by the Review Committee will be sent through e-mail by end of October 2007. Upon notification of the Panel’s acceptance of the abstract, the “Technical Guidelines in Paper-Writing” will be sent to the participant, who then writes the paper in full, following the technical guidelines set by the Panel of Reviewers. Deadline for the submission of the completed paper based on the approved abstract is January 30, 2008.

Since all completed papers will be pre-printed in one volume in time for the Conference, approved papers by the Panel will be referred to the Editorial Committee for copy editing.

Please e-mail the abstract accompanied by a one-paged resume of the writer / scholar / researcher/ participant.

The accepted abstract (not over 800 words) must be completed as a full paper with a maximum of 5,000 words. For the completed paper, illustrations will be limited to a maximum of eight photos / pictures. The photos must be numbered and be provided with a caption and photo credits Each presenter will be given the maximum time of 30 minutes per presentation using powerpoint as a tool for communication. Hence, the presenter needs to bring a CD for his / her powerpoint presentation.

The Conference Program and further details on the conference will be released only after all the approved abstracts have been fully written, and the completed versions duly sent via e-mail to the Over-All Coordinator, for submission to the Editorial Committee - leading to their printing in one compiled volume which will be available during the conference.

Since only 24 speakers will be accommodated for oral presentation during the four-day conference, (inclusive of the Opening Program, the Poster Exhibit and the Closing program), all abstracts received will be ranked from 1-24. Those whose abstracts have been approved but did not make it to the group of 24 paper presenters, will be accommodated as Poster Exhibitors, instead. However, they will also be asked to submit their completed papers for inclusion in the pre-printed volume of papers approved and compiled for the conference. Once the approved abstracts are released, guidelines to the technical requirements to be followed in writing and submitting the completed paper will be e-mailed as “ Technical Guidelines for Paper-Writing / Printing”, or put in the website, together with a letter of consent to be signed by the writer to authorize the Organizers to have a pre-printed copy of the conference papers. Approval of the abstract for paper-reading does not necessarily make it a part of the pre-printed copy of papers. It merely becomes a candidate for publication. The quality of the completed papers will determine the final choice of papers for publication – according to the criteria already given. The papers finally approved by the Panel of Reviewers will then be passed on to the Publication Committee for copy editing.

Because of the tight budget of the Conference, there shall be no financial assistance provided for the speakers or paper presenters. However, to help them make it to the conference, the Organizing Committee members have decided to waive off their registration or conference fees. Furthermore, each presenter and poster exhibitor will receive one free copy of the pre-printed volume of conference papers in their conference kits.

Regular conference kits will include the conference program, souvenir program, name tags, the abstracts of papers, the map of the University Campus, a pen and sheets of blank paper.

There are available housing accommodations within the university campus that can be personally and directly arranged by the presenters by phone, e-mail, letter, etc., or can be arranged for them by the Organizing Committee, upon request. Priority goes to the paper presenters. Details on these housing accommodations, with their corresponding cost per day shall be provided in April 2008.

Transport from the airport to the venue, and from the venue back, can also be arranged personally upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport or the Centennial Airport, through the airport transport system. However, if the presenters so request, they can be picked up from the airport at their specific time of arrival and then driven back to it at their specific time of departure, by a private vehicle hired by the conference staff, at a cost regularly charged for such private pick-up arrangements.

Food preferences (vegetarian diet or not) must also be communicated to the Coordinator of the Conference.

Optional post-conference tour packages for the participants are also being arranged through the assistance of the Department of Tourism, at a certain cost. Details on these specific tour packages (connected and not connected to the conference theme) will be announced after the final list of speakers and poster exhibitors for the conference is released by April 2008.

Details on the Poster Exhibits shall also be given in April 2008.

For the local participants, endorsements from the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Education will be provided to all participants upon request.


1. The word “kapatiran” is a Philippine term from the lexeme “kapatid” (brother / sister) formed from the prefix “ka” (partner, double) and the root word “patid” (to cut off, as from a tie or cord; hence, literally, cut off from the same umbilical cord). This word applies to groups of mixed Christian and indigenous beliefs, operating based on the principle of brotherhood and sisterhood, whose members claim to be guardians of a secret ancestral wisdom revealed to chosen individuals. They claim to have a hidden revelation on the Philippines being once a part of a ancient civilization that vanished - that will one day arise and reveal its renewed former glory to the whole world)