Webinar Series 2021 Introduction

Historicizing Diaster Risk Management: The Ecology of Mt. Isarog and its Environs

August 2-September 28, 2021

The Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia (PEMSEA) in collaboration with Partido State University (PSU) hosts an 8-panel webinar series “Historicizing Disaster Risk Management: The Ecology of Mt. Isarog and its Environs" highlighting the cultural and environmental histories of Partido district and situating it in global discussions on environmental change during 14th to 19th centuries in Southeast Asia. The Partido district in Camarines Sur, a province of the Philippines, includes a variety of towns across marine, riverine and upland ecologies, yet very little is known about the climatic transformations of the region and the research that does exist often attributes European expansion as the catalyst for environmental change. The PEMSEA-PSU 2021 webinar series brings in scholars working on Southeast Asia in the Early Modern Period to discuss research collaborations, strategize on building capacity beyond instruction and redefine disciplinary boundaries.

The webinar series was organized by PEMSEA Director Stephen Acabado (UCLA) with Mariam Stark (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa) and Peter Lape (University of Washington). The planning committee also included Da Arlo Benedict Alegre (UCLA), Earl John Cedo Hernandez, (PSU), Zoe Pamonag (UCLA), Vanessa Mae Romero (PSU), Noel Jay Roxas (PSU), Nguyet Tong (UCLA) and Madeleine Yakal (UCLA).

This series is sponsored by the Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia under the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and Partido State University though a grant from the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED).


Polytechnic University of the Philippines

National Chengchi University Center for Taiwan-Philippines Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge, and Sustainable Studies

UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

UCLA Anthropology