Info on INPS

THE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR PHILIPPINE STUDIES


BASIC INFORMATION ON INPS

The Stichting INPS (International Network for Philippine Studies) is an educational foundation registered in the Netherlands for the purpose of promoting Philippine studies in the social, economic, political and cultural fields.

The foundation is most distinctive by providing overseas Filipinos and their friends abroad with information and knowledge about the history, current circumstances and prospects of Philippine society and the Filipino people’s revolutionary struggle for national liberation and democracy.The foundation carries out its purpose in the following ways:

  1. It disseminates information and provides briefings;
  2. It conducts seminars and other forms of collective study;
  3. It undertakes research on important issues;
  4. It issues or handles publications, audio-visuals and other educational materials;
  5. It builds a library and data center;
  6. It initiates or co-initiates conferences or participates in those initiated by others;
  7. It provides consultancy services for the development of a curriculum in Philippine studies or a program of social research or social action in the Philippines;
  8. It recommends personnel for teaching, research and social action projects or programs;
  9. It arranges contacts and helps develop relations between Philippine and foreign entities in various fields of social activity; and
  10. It cooperates in any appropriate way with other organizations, Philippine or foreign, to achieve its purpose.

The board of directors of the foundation is chaired by Prof. Jose Maria Sison. The foundation maintains an international network of correspondents, Filipino and foreign, who are interested in Philippine studies.

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BRIEF SEMINAR COURSE ON THE PHILIPPINES


Stichting INPS offers a special two-day seminar course on Philippine society and revolution to any interested entity. The lecturer and discussion leader are provided by the foundation.

The outline of the course is as follows:

1. Philippine History: An Overview
2. Philippine Economy
3. Philippine Politics
4. Philippine Culture
5. Philippine International Relations

The usual preference of Stichting INPS is to provide the seminar course to a group of at least five participants but in exceptional cases it does to less than this number.

The course has been provided to overseas Filipinos, foreign solidarity groups, young Filipinos abroad who seek their roots and individuals who simply want to know more about the Philippines.

The course is adjustable to the given level of knowledge of the participants about the Philippines; and also to their preferences with regard to the time allotment for emphasis on certain subjects or issues.

Arrangements can be made anytime in advance with the Stichting INPS. These must be made at least one month in advance of the seminar course.

The seminar course may be held at the site decided by the Stichting INPS or at the one proposed by another entity and accepted by Stichting INPS.

The costs of the seminar must be paid for by the participants and/or by a sponsoring organization or institution. The costs include: seminar site, board and lodging of the participants and the honoraria (plus travel cost and board and lodging) for the lecturer and discussion leader.

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COMPREHENSIVE SEMINAR ON THE PHILIPPINES


The International Network for Philippine Studies (INPS) is an educational foundation which promotes research, seminars and publications for the benefit of individuals and organizations interested in the Philippines, especially in the national democratic movement.

The Comprehensive Seminar on the Philippines (CSP) is one of the most important projects of the INPS. It is a five-day seminar on all major aspects of the Philippines—its history, social economy, politics, culture and external relations.

The objective of the CPS is to provide the participants a comprehensive and deep understanding of the Philippines so that they can better perform their teaching, research, activist, solidarity or any other kind of work in connection with the Philippines.

The seminar program consists of ten sessions:

FIRST DAY

First Session: Brief History of the Philippines

Second Session: The Social Economy of the Philippines

SECOND DAY

Third Session: The Philippine Political System

Fourth Session: The Philippine Culture

THIRD DAY

Fifth Session: Philippine External Relations

Sixth Session: The National Democratic Movement

FOURTH DAY

Seventh Session: Socio-Economic Development

Eighth Session: New Democratic Culture

FIFTH DAY

Ninth Session: Independent and Foreign Relations

Tenth Session: Prospects of the National Democratic Movement

In each three-hour session, one hour is for the lecture of the seminar leader and two hours for discussions initiated by questions from the participants.

The CSP can be conducted in the Netherlands in accordance with the schedule determined by the INPS or anywhere in the world by arrangement with INPS.

Participants in the seminar must be willing to give a total of seven days to the CSP. One day before the seminar is for the purpose of mutual personal introductions, briefings and settling down. The day after the seminar is for the purpose of following informal discussions and departure.

For the CSP to be conducted, there must be at least five participants but not more than fifteen. These participants may be admitted to the CSP either on an individual basis upon the invitation of the INPS or by arrangement with an organization. Before they come to the seminar, they are provided with reading materials which they must read in order to enhance their comprehension of the seminar.

The seminar is conducted in English. But in case the participants do not have proficiency in English they are assisted by interpreters or translators.

The evenings of the five-day seminar are deliberately open for informal discussions, readings or entertainment after dinner.

The INPS requires that the services of the seminar leader, accommodation of the participants, study materials and other costs are covered by fees and/or grant. These are clarified and acted upon before any CSP is conducted.

After the adjournment of the seminar, the INPS sends a certificate of attendance to every participant and may decide to invite any participant to become a member of INPS. The INPS member is considered qualified to conduct the CSP in the name of INPS.

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COURSE OUTLINE


I. Philippine History: Overview

1. Scientific method of historical analysis
2. Periodization of Philippine history (precolonial, colonial and feudal, the Philippine revolution of 1896, colonial and semifeudal, semicolonial and semifeudal, fascisation and recent developments).

II. The Philippine Economy

1. From a feudal to semifeudal economy
2. The current mode of production: socio-economic base
3. Foreign monopoly capitalism and relations of exploitation
4. The chronic and worsening crisis
5. The progressive forces: their immediate course of action and the goal of socialism.
6. Contrary views and responses

III. Philippine Politics

1. From colony to neocolonial state
2. Politics as a crucial area of conflict
3. The reactionary forces: their line, strategy and tactics
4. The progressive forces: their line, strategy and tactics, and socialist perspective
5. The current state of political struggle
6. Contrary views and responses

IV. Philippine Culture

1. Culture as reflection of economics and politics
2. The current culture of oppression and exploitation (the role of imperialist culture, the church, etc.)
3. Culture with national, scientific and mass orientation
4. The current state of the struggle in the cultural field
5. Contrary views and responses

V. Philippine International Relations

1. The general relationship of domestic and international conditions
2. The international relations of the neocolonial state
3. The international relations of the progressive forces
4. The impact of the current international trends on the progressive forces
5. Contrary views and responses

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BASIC READING LIST


Participants are encouraged to read and study the following texts before coming to the seminar.

1. Amado Guerrero, Philippine Society and Revolution, 4th edition, (Manila: Pulang Tala Publications, 1985)

2. Jose Maria Sison, with Dr. Reiner Werning, The Philippine Revolution: The Leader’s View (New York: Crane & Russak, 1989).

3. Jose Maria Sison, Philippine Economy and Politics, (Manila: Aklatang Bayan, 2000)

4. Articles of Prof. Jose Maria Sison on Imperialist Globalization. See the INPS Bibliography and Archives of this Website.

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