UP Baguio goes digital for Cordillera Studies

The University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) goes digital for both its research journal and its upcoming conference of Cordillera Studies. The University’s Cordillera Studies Center (CSC) has recently launched the website of UPB’s official research journal, The Cordillera Review (TCR) Journal of Philippine Culture and Society. This is in line with the reconfiguration of the TCR from print to an online-access journal.

In the launching of the TCR website held online on May 17, 2021, CSC Director Dr. Ruth Tindaan pointed out the relevance of the website project as timely especially with the implications of the pandemic towards access to research materials, specifically the scholarly works published in the journal. In the same event, UPB Chancellor Dr. Corazon Abansi emphasized the goal of the TCR website to provide support to the academic and research community as well as for positive experience for all readers of the journal. Abansi added that “this move also comes with the not insignificant benefit of reducing our environmental footprint.”

Accessible at thecordillerareview.upb.edu.ph, the website currently offers free download access to past issues of the TCR. It has functions for free sharing on social media to foster what Abansi pointed out as an opportunity to “transform from mere consumption to engagement.” This resonates with what Tindaan mentioned as among the aims of the TCR online to encourage opportunities of interaction among researchers and scholars through the platform.

Published biannually through the CSC, the TCR is a multidisciplinary refereed journal dedicated to studies on Philippine culture and society, with emphasis on research pertaining to the Cordillera region and Northern Luzon, Philippines.

The University’s forty-year-old CSC is also set to hold the Third International Conference on Cordillera Studies (ICCS3) virtually on July 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2021.

Over a hundred paper presentations arranged into thirty panels are expected to be delivered in the conference. A wide variety of topics across disciplines have been scheduled to be presented aligned with the general theme, “Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Development Goals.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to pre-register for ICCS3, interested parties may email to iccs3.upbaguio@up.edu.ph or visit the official sites at bit.ly/VirtualICCS3 or fb.com/cordistudiescenter. (UP Baguio Public Affairs)