01 June 2023

Film Geography Workshop: Tell a Story in 6 Shots

Can one tell a complete story in 6 shots?

To find out, come to a filmgeography workshop event on June 7, Wednesday from 1:00-4:00PM in Pavilion Room 2248 of UP Diliman.

This 3-hour workshop entitled Filmmaking as a Storytelling Tool for Research Using Your Phone invites participants to create stories that engage with environments, bodies, emotions, natures, and lifeworlds using one's cellular phone. Films are used  extensively by academicians, scholars and researchers to understand, interpret and analyse worlds, positionalities and knowledge co-productions from multiple scales. This workshop teaches the technical aspects of framing and how to make and tell stories. 

Led by Vitor Hugo Costa (Metafilmes), and Dr Jessica Jacobs (Queen Mary University of London, Film Geographies), this project is hosted by the  UP Department of Geography, the Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines ❨UP GeogSoc❩ and Junior Philippine Geographical Society - UP Diliman.

This workshop is funded by the People's Stories Project (QMUL), a collaboration between the Queen Mary University of London, UP Diliman, FilmGeographiesMetafilmes and  Megawra (Built Environment Collective) (Egypt)

To register, go to this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVURdQ0TacBPZ_JuFwZu5flm6PBu8DH5kus92Ys0BgM9MRgQ/viewform

30 May 2023

Heo/Geo Lecture Series 2023-09: Keith Landicho on averting and outsmarting disasters

Can disasters be averted and mitigated with the judicious help of a network of tools and workflows? Find out for this month's Heo/Geo Lecture Series.

It is said that the physical conditions and existing socioeconomic vulnerability of a geographical environment combined with the threat of a hazard, determines the way that disasters are formed—the spatial extent of impact and the scale of losses. This relationship between the geographical environment and disasters may be perceived as cyclically causal in nature but there is more to it than meets the eye. This is due to the development of disaster risk reduction and management practices in the discipline of geography where it has been widely used. Additionally, there is an indication that the geographical environment, both its physical and social elements, has adapted through natural as well as anthropogenic processes. These practices are manifested through tools, workflows, and linkages that collectively aim to mitigate the impacts of disasters and anchored in the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.

For the ninth Heo/Geo Lecture Series, the UP Department of Geography and the Philippine Geographical Society proudly present a talk from geography alumnus Keith Landicho. Taking place via Zoom on Friday, the 2nd of June 2023 at 5:00PM, the lecture is entitled Outsmarting Disasters: Geographically-rooted Tools, Workflows, and Linkages. Keith's presentation features examples and applications of tools, workflows, and linkages utilized in the ASEAN humanitarian sphere to reduce disaster, hence a step towards outsmarting disasters.

A BS Geography graduate of UP Diliman, Keith Paolo C. Landicho is a Disaster Monitoring and Analysis Officer at the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) and is a certified Security Risk Management Professional - Country Level contributing to the reduction of disaster losses in the ASEAN region. Keith’s seven (7) years of professional experience comprises work in the fields of disaster risk reduction and management, environmental conservation, urban heat island studies, and humanitarian response. Specializing in geospatial data analytics, Keith uses that experience to ensure that crucial knowledge and information from disasters, research, as well as policies, connects to the community, its people, and its support systems.

This Heo/Geo Lecture Series not only features speakers from the academe but also field-based practitioners working for civil society, industry, popular education, and for multiple community advocacies. This presentation is part of the many activities the UP Department of Geography and Philippine Geographical Society lined up in observance of the 40th anniversary of the discipline of geography's institution as a separate and standalone degree-granting department -- the only one of its kind in the whole archipelago.

To participate for this talk, please register through this link. Or you can click this link as well - https://up-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtfuGqrDoqEtPKvJPNp3XE6G_QltF54kG5#/registration

23 May 2023

Heo/Geo Lecture Series 2023-08: Trisha Remetir on pipeline as metaphor

The pipeline—as a carrier of oil, water, or fiberoptic cables—is a military infrastructure that brings dispersed geographical sites in political and economic relation. 

Lowered onto seabeds or buried underground, pipelines change ecologies and shape relations in invisible yet irrevocable ways. But as a literary metaphor, the pipeline can be a tool for noticing submerged connections between literary cultures and even reveal weak nodes in organizing structures. 

For the 8th Heo/Geo Lecture Series, the UP Department of Geography and the Philippine Geographical Society present a talk by Dr Trisha Remetir from the University of California-Riverside. Titled, Pipeline Poetics, the lecture is on Friday, 26 May 2023 at 4:00 PM Philippine Standard Time | 12:00 AM Pacific Standard Time. 

This talk asks: what can a close consideration of pipelines reveal about contemporary Filipino literary geographies? By reading poets like Eunice Andrada alongside critical ocean studies and logistics theorists such as Liz Deloughrey, Nicole Starioselski, Charmaine Chua and Craig Santos Perez, Dr Remetir will discuss how an attention to pipelines (as physical structure and as literary metaphor) might reroute literary analysis away from focusing on experience to focusing on structure. For example, in Eunice Andrada’s 2021 poetry collection 'Take Care', an engagement with pipelines in stanza and image reveals the larger industries of capitalist extraction that require Filipino transnational labor. 

Following Filipinos along the pipeline, the talk hopes to reveal the limits of a literary analysis that is oriented towards a diasporic longing for home, and instead gestures toward spaces (such as the Gulf, the Pacific) that demand our attention and imagination.

Trisha Federis Remetir is a writer who specializes in narratives of race, extraction, and migration in and across the Pacific. She received her PhD in English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2022 and is currently a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Her book project, Unfamiliar Waters, traces how extractive industries over waterscapes have influenced contemporary films, poetry, and experimental media. In her research and creative life, she is interested in witnessing the racial and environmental histories of the Philippines and connecting to other sites of environmental survival and struggle through the comparative potential of water.

This Heo/Geo lecture is part of the department's ongoing observance and celebration of the 40th anniversary of geography in Philippine academy. 

To participate for this talk, register here through this link or through this: https://up-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvdOCqqTMuEtJQzyykGtlO0VthM35BH_WC#/registration