INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE: GATEWAYS TO SUSTAINABLE FUTURES
The National Social Science Congress (NSSC) is the signature program of the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC). It serves as the platform for social scientists to share their latest researches, test concepts, theories and ideas, and critically examine issues of social significance. The NSSC enables other sectors of society, including policy makers, legislators, local officials, donor agencies and civil society organizations, to develop partnerships with the social science in their common pursuit of human development, equality and wellbeing. The NSSC give voice to scholars who wish to be involved in the attainment of a just and humane society.
Initially designed by the PSSC as a quinquennial activity held in the PSS Center, in 2014 the Board decided to hold the NSSC every three years in different regions of the nation. The themes of the National Social Science Congress since its inception have been the following:
|NSSC 1||17-19 November 1983||“Towards Excellence in Social Science in the Philippines”|
|NSSC 2||24-26 November 1988||“Social Sciences and Economic Recovery”|
|NSSC 3||9-10 December 1993||“Empowerment and Accountability for Sustainable Development: Towards Theory Building in the Social Sciences”|
|NSSC 4||8-9 July 1998||“The Philippine Social Sciences in the Life of the Nation”|
|NSSC 5||15-17 May 2003||“The Filipino Youth”|
|NSSC 6||7-9 May 2008||“The Paradox of Education and Education Reform: Social Science Perspectives”|
|NSSC 7||29-31 May 2013||“Generations”|
The 8th National Social Science Congress
The 8th National Social Science Congress (NSSC 8), will be held from 15-17 June 2016 at the Lyceum of the Philippines-Batangas City (LPU Batangas). It will focus on the theme of “Inclusive Governance, Sustainable Futures.” Faced with contemporary challenges of continuing social inequality and marginalization, political and cultural conflicts at global and local levels, NSSC 8 will examine how inclusive governance can open gateways to more sustainable futures. Confronted with threats of climate change, population growth and forced migration, it seeks to describe how governance can be inclusive within changing and malleable political, economic and cultural borders.
NSSC 8 invites social science scholars, students, and practitioners to deliver papers, do poster or video presentations that:
- Dissect the concepts and different aspects of governance and sustainable development in particular contexts or levels of social life in the Philippines, or in the larger global setting;
- Examine the ability of governance mechanisms to draw inclusive participation from different constituencies of society, particularly marginalized and vulnerable groups in a nation, region, or across the globe;
- Demonstrate how different forms and levels of governance influence accountability, transparency, or access to justice, and how these affect the rights and well-being of various peoples;
- Reflect on how (if at all) inclusive governance can cement the high road towards sustainable futures; and
- Examine the ways in which the social sciences can provide meaningful directions, methods and insights to this process.
Program and Sessions
Plenary Sessions, Panel Presentations, and Poster Presentations will constitute the program of NSSC 8. As part of the Opening Program on June 15, former UN Undersecretary and Special Adviser for Timor-Leste, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, will deliver the Opening Keynote Address. This will be followed by the first Plenary Session, on “Theoretical Perspectives on Inclusive Governance and Sustainable Futures.” Three papers will be presented in the plenary dealing with sustainable development and inclusive governance. Invited speakers are Dr. Emmanuel de Dios, Lead Convenor Chair of the Philippine Chapter of the Social Development Solutions Network (SDSN); Prof. Ponciano Bennagen, anthropologist, social activist and former Constitutional Commissioner; Dr. Cynthia Zayas and Prof. Simeona Martinez, anthropologist and geographer, respectively, who wrote the PSSC paper on social and sustainability sciences in the Philippines. Two members of the social science community will be asked to provide commentaries on the presentations.
The second day will commence with the Keynote Address . This will be followed by the second Plenary Session entitled “Disaster Risk Governance: Lessons from Asia,” featuring papers examining experiences on post-disaster governance around Asia. The invited experts include Dr. Fouad Bendemirad, Professor at Stanford University and Executive Director of the international organization Earthquake and Megacities Initiatives (EMI), who will share the results of the typhoon Haiyan recovery case study: “Performance of Governance Systems for Managing and Recovering from large-Scale Disasters; Dr. Kanako Iuchi, Associate Professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University, Japan, who will speak on “Governing community relocation after major disasters: three different approaches of Japan, Philippines and Indonesia;” and Dr. Yasuo Tanaka, Brunsfield Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering and Chairperson of the Centre for Disaster Risk Reduction, Universiti Tungku Abdul Rahman, Sungai Long Campus, Malaysia, who will share his studies on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
The 3rd Plenary Session on June 17 will focus on papers around the theme “Building Sustainable Futures in Southern Tagalog.” The Lyceum of the Philippines-Batangas will organize this Plenary Session.
Simultaneous panel sessions will be held in between the Plenary Sessions. Poster presentations will also be mounted in a designated area. The themes of the panel sessions and posters will revolve around the following themes:
|Theoretical perspectives on governance: power, authority, legitimacy and community||Contested territories and spaces: local, national and global issues|
|Problematizing ‘sustainable futures’ through governance||Migration, populations and governance|
|Governance, economic growth and sustainable development||Governing the megalopolis: ensuring safety, sustainability, inclusivity and resilience?|
|Governance of natural resources towards inclusive development||Sustainable management of utilities: water, energy, and transportation|
|Managing climate change and natural disasters||Non-state alternatives: civil society governance
|Gender, empowerment and good governance||Governing cyberspace and online communities|
|How our history of governance shapes our sustainable futures||State, military, and security governance|
|Managing cultural heritage and diversity||Rethinking legitimacy: extra-legal governance|
|Global, transnational, and local: the locus of governance||Shaping Philippine education for sustainable futures|
|From the margins: grassroots participation||Language policies towards sustainable futures|
|Peace, social justice and the law||Measuring and operationalizing governance and sustainable futures|
DATES TO REMEMBER
Submission of paper/panel abstracts 30 January 2016
Notification of acceptance 14 March 2016
Submission of full papers 30 April 2016
8th National Social Science Congress 15-17 June 2016