RDG Conference Report of Marc J. San Valentin

Write up about the Conference

The 5th ICONSEA is an international conference focusing on critical issues prevalent in the South East Asian region. Held from the 11th to the 13th of December 2013 and hosted by the Universiti of Malaya, the conference is a venue for interaction and exchange of ideas under different themes which includes political development, economy and social development, education, cultural issues, minority ssues, maritime issues and regional cooperation.

Feedback on paper presented

The questions raised after the presentation focused mainly on the nature of the collection and how it was used in various publications and classes. The idea of a dominant ideology influencing how identity is formulated is a concept widely understood and accepted.

Future directions of research presented

Since the initial effort of the digital restoration project focused on Mindanao, this opens up opportunities to cover different ethno linguistic groups also present in the collection. The parts of the research report can be expanded into book chapter (we are still awaiting for confirmation of the inclusion into another conference compilation produced by the Universiti of Malaya scheduled for 2015). The technical aspects of the research project can be further expanded as a book chapter for future publication.

Potential foreign collaborators

Universiti Malaya, Malaysia; School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia; Universitas Pembangunan Nasional, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Other important contacts and insights

The project provided an opportunity to map out the possible steps an institution might take in order to preserve its photographic collection. The nature of the collection also opens up promising field of research rooted not only in the technical domain of photography and imaging technology but in the utilization of the technology as a tool and theme for research.

Short write-up of one’s participation (to be used to feature/publicize the grantee’s participation in the conference)

Dr. Cañete and I co presented the result of the study in Parallel Session D of the conference. I handled the presentation of the aspects of the preventive conservation, the technical notes on archiving and the prescribed (digital) restoration of the photographic collection of the Asian Center. We were given 20 minutes to do the entire presentation. After the presentation, Dr. Santamaria was on hand to address questions raised by the attendees pf the parallel session.