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International Conference on Bajau/Sama Communities 2004 (ICBC): 21-23 July, 2004, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

An International Conference on Bajau/Sama Communities was held on the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) campus, in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, on 21-23 July 2004. The conference was part of a program of special events held to celebrate the 10th

Anniversary of UMS (1994-2004). The conference theme: Bajau/Sama in the Changing World.

Conference Program: Wednesday, 21 July

9:45-11 am Welcoming speeches by Associate Professor Hasan Mat Nor, Chairman of he Main Organizing Committee, and by Tan Sri Professor Datuk Seri Panglima

Dr. Abu Hassan Othman, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

Opening speech by Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Ahmadshah bin Abdullah, Chancellor, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

11:30-12:30 Keynote address by Professor Clifford Sather, University of Helsinki, "Some Reflections on Forty Years of Sama/Bajau Studies."

Sessions: Wednesday, 21 July, afternoon

IA: Natural Resource Management

"Kalluman ma tahik: Household Strategies, Gender, and Sea Tenure in a Sama Dilaut Community in Kabuukan Island, Sulu"--Wilfredo Magno Torres Ill.

"Awareness and Attitude of the Community Towards Seaweed Farming Project in Banggi Island, Kudat"--Rosnah Ismail.

"Ethnobotany of the Bajaus of Semporna and Kota Belud"--Joseph Pounis Guntavid and Janis Galaip.

IB: Aging and Economy

"The Role of the Elderly in the Sama-Bajau Contemporary Society"--Mori Kogid, James M. Alin, Susan Andin and Roslinah Mahmud.

"The Individual Labor Supply of the Bajau-Sama Elderly in Selected Areas of Sabah"--James M. Alin, Susan Andin, Mori Kogid and Roslina Mahum.

Thursday, 22 July, morning

IIA: Negotiating Identities

"Negotiating a World Without Borders: Narratives of Powerlessness and Resistance of Filipino Migrants in Malaysia"--Linda A. Lumayag-Too.

"Indigeneity and the Mainstream: The Politics of Museum Display"--Olivia Guntarik.

"Evolving a Development Framework for the Sama Dilaut in an Urban Center in southern Philippines"--Nimfa L. Bracamonte.

IIB: Language and Literature

"Considerations for a West Coast Bajau Orthography"--Mark T. Miller.

"Sair: Tafsiran dari Gatra Sosio-linguistik terhadap genre Bajau Kota Belud"-Saidataul Nornis Hji. Mahali.

"Location of Bajau Communities in Sulawesi"--David Mead.

Thursday, 22 July, afternoon

IIIA: Material Culture

"Masyarakat 'Bajau' dan penyelidikan arkeologi di Sabah"--Yunus bin Sauman @ Sabin.

"Motif ukiran Bajau"--Ismail Hj. Ibrahim.

"Art and Identity in the Bajau Material Culture of Sabah"--Patricia Regis, Hanafi Hussin and Judeth John Baptist.

IIIB: Economics of Transition

"The Bajau Economy in Transition"--Gusni Saat and Kassim Mansor.

"Persepsi komuniti Bajau terhadap perubahan sosioekonomi dan politik"--Fazli Abd. Hamid and Rizal Zamani Idris.

"Marriage According to the Tradition of Bajau Laut of Semporna, Sabah"--James M. Alin, Roslinah Mahmud, Mori Kogid and Susan Andin.

IV: Culture and Film

"Nationalism, Memory and Film: The Significance of the Film Badjao in Philippine Cinema"--Aileen Toohey.

Friday, 23 July, morning

VA: Music and the Spiritual World

"Acculturation at Kota Belud Revisited: Iranun and Bajau Influences on the Gong

Ensemble Music of the Tindal Dusun"--Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan, Hanafi Hussin and Judeth John Baptist.

"Two tagunggu' Repertoires from the Bajau Communities of Kampung Bangau-Bangau, Semporna"--Jacqueline Pugh-Kitigan, Hanafi Hussin and Judeth John Baptist.

VB: Colonialism and Its Effects

"Masyarakat Bajau dari perspektif para pentadbir barat"--Mat Zin Mat Kib.

"Malay Periodicals in North Borneo as the Ideological Background to the Emergence of Bajau Identity"--Yamamoto Hiroyuki.

10:30 am Closing Ceremony

The conference was followed by a special exhibition at the Sabah Museum on Bajau-Sama cultures, launched on Saturday, 24 July at 9:30 am. The following day, Sunday, a day trip was arranged for participants wishing to attend the Tamu Besar at Kota Belud.

The principal sponsoring organizers of the Conference were the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, and the Persatuan Seni Budaya Bajau Sabah. Further information on the Conference may be obtained by writing to:

School of Social Sciences

Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Locked Bag 2073

88999 Kota Kinabalu


e-mail contacts: Dean of Social Sciences, Assoc. Prof. Hasan Mat Nor ( or Kadazan Dusun Chair, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan ( (Clifford Sather, University of Helsinki)
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