eMindanao is part of the Center's new initiative to develop a Mindanao Studies Program at UH Manoa. It is our modest contribution to the emerging focus on Islam in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region, which is now established at the UHM School of Pacific and Asian Studies.
For a startup, CPS has begun developing a dedicated website and a digital library , both focusing on the raging issue in Mindanao - the Bangsamoro (Muslim) struggle and the peace process that has preoccupied the nation since the early 1970s. This project is actually a sequel to an online curricular program in Asian Studies that connects undergraduate students from UH Manoa with their counterparts from Ateneo de Zamboanga University and later, the Mindanao State University. Together, these groups of students learn from each other about sovereignty movements in Mindanao (among Moros) and Hawaii (among native Hawaiians) in a cyberclassroom.
Mindful of the significance of the on-and-off peace process in Mindanao, a digital library on the historical, social, and political dimensions is necessary to provide scholars, peace advocates and negotiators with information on why the conflict has persisted to this day.
A preliminary bibliography that focuses mostly on resources available on the internet is now available. Later, the entries will be annotated to give researchers an idea about their contents and accessibility.
Please click eMindanao Library for the list of materials now compiled at the Center.
In addition, the Center has a digital repository of other collections at Scholarspace. Here, materials ranging from occasional papers to brown-bag seminars are housed to make them accessible to users.
In summer 2013, CPS conducted a seminar-workshop in Iligan City for history teachers, with support from the US Institute of Peace. This workshop is the first of three to be implemented there in cooperation with Mindanao State University. More details on this event are provided at History Workshop.
Carried out on a larger plane, the Mindanao Studies initiative is an outreach project in the southern Philippines with three campuses of Mindanao State University (Marawi, Iligan and General Santos), and Ateneo de Zamboanga University. A product of this institutional collaboration is now up and running. Stay tuned for more details.