The Philippines – a Global “Contact Zone”: Transoceanic Connections (1521-1898)

(from CHAM’s YouTube Channel)

On the 500 years of the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan, CHAM – Centre for the Humanities (NOVA FCSH) held an International Seminar about Filipino History and Culture at Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Lisbon, on 21-22 March 2019. It was the outcome of a partnership involving CHAM, the Área de Historia de America of Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, and Ateneo de Manila University, and it was sponsored by the Embassy of the Philippines and the Embassy of Spain.

It was an unique occasion to gather a group of international scholars and experts, on a debate about the role played by the Philippine Archipelago on the formation of a global world, as a hub connecting different cultures, routes and oceans.


  • Ambeth Ocampo – Ateneo de Manila University
  • Antonio García-Abásolo – Universidad de Córdoba
  • Armando Marques Guedes – Faculdade de Direito (NOVA, Lisbon)
  • Bernard Lavallé – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
  • Clotilde Jacquelard – Université Paris-Sorbonne
  • Elsa Penalva – CHAM (NOVA FCSH, Lisbon)
  • Guadalupe Pinzón Ríos – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Guillaume Gaudin – Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès – Le Mirail
  • Jean-Noël Sanchez – Université de Strasbourg
  • José Manuel Garcia – Gabinete de Estudos Olisiponenses, Lisbon
  • Joshua Batts – Historiographical Institute, Tokyo University
  • Juan Marchena – Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville
  • Kevin Carreira Soares – PIUDHist / ICS-UL, Lisbon
  • Maria João Pacheco Ferreira – CHAM (NOVA FCSH, Lisbon)
  • Marjorie Trusted – Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Miguel Rodrigues Lourenço – CHAM (NOVA FCSH, Lisbon)
  • Naiybe Gutiérrez – Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville
  • Rafael Valladares – Universidad Complutense de Madrid / CSIC
  • Rui Manuel Loureiro – CHAM (NOVA FCSH, Lisbon)
  • Stephanie Marie R. Coo – Ateneo de Manila University

Abstracts, complete program, photos and other information are available on the Seminar’s website. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs’s website reported the Conference as well.

Final Statements: Undersecretary at the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Abella; Philippine Ambassador to Portugal, Celia Anna M. Feria; Stephanie Coo, Ateneo de Manila University; Paulo Jorge de Sousa Pinto, CHAM, NOVA FCSH (from CHAM’s YouTube Channel)