Memory and Identity :: the Proceedings of the 28th ASEACCU Annual Conference 2022


Stephen Morgan, University of Saint Joseph; Isabel Capeloa Gil, Universidade Católica Portuguesa; Olivier Schmitthaeusler, Saint Paul Institute; Clarence M. Batan, University of Santo Tomas; John T. Giordano, Assumption University


Christian sociology, Christianity and culture, Christian sociology -- Catholic Church


Inspired by John Paul II's 2005 book "Memory and Identity: Conversations at the dawn of a New Millenium", staff and students of 38 member universities of the Association of South and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities met at the St Paul's Institute in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in August 2022 to reflect upon memory and identity. This book contains four of the keynote papers given at that conference, addressing the major themes of the conference.


  • Preface
    Olivier Schmitthaeusler
  • Memory and Identity :
    Treading new ground on human rights discussions
    Isabel Capeloa Gil
  • Sociological Musings on Collective Memories and Shared Identities :
    The Case of the Philippines
    Clarence M. Batan
  • Culture and Identity – nationality and nationalism :
    indications for a theological reflection
    Stephen Morgan
  • The Marriage of Preah Thong and Neang Neak :
    On Cultural Memory, Universalism and Eclecticism
    John T Giordano
  • Book Review
    Pope John Paul II, Memory and Identity: Conversations at the Dawn of a Millenium, (Weidenfeld and Nicholson: London, 2005), x + 198pp.
    Stephen Morgan

Author Biographies

Stephen Morgan, University of Saint Joseph

Rector of University of Saint Joseph


Isabel Capeloa Gil, Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Rector of Universidade Católica Portuguesa where she is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences. She has been the President of the International Federation of Catholic Universities since 2018 and is a Consultor to the Dicastery for Culture and Education of the Holy See.


Olivier Schmitthaeusler, Saint Paul Institute
  1. Apostolic Vicar of Phnom Penh
  2. Founder and Chancellor of Saint Paul Institute


Clarence M. Batan, University of Santo Tomas

Professor of Sociology, and a Research Associate of the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education in the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. He was the Principal Investigator of the National Catechetical Study (NCS) 2021: Pastoral Action Research and Intervention (PARI) Project where some research data described in this current paper was based on.


John T. Giordano, Assumption University

Instructor in the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Assumption University of Thailand.



May 25, 2023