Through a grant to the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia (PEMSEA) and Partido State University in the Philippines launched a webinar series exploring collaborative approaches to ecological research and training. Scholars in the first panel discussed the value of community engagement in fostering greater cross-cultural learning and helping to build relationships that can sustain important research beyond the life of a given project.
The Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia (PEMSEA) in collaboration with Partido State University (PSU) launched a 8-panel webinar series in summer 2021 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 "Historicizing Disaster Risk Management: The Ecology of Mt. Isarog and its Environs" 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.