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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Job Opening: Full-Time Research Associate

The Third World Studies Center, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman is looking for a full-time Research Associate who will also serve as associate editor of Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies. Gross monthly compensation is PHP20,651. Initial contract is for six months, renewable up to three years.

Applicants must be:

  • Preferably a graduate of any social science course from the University of the Philippines;
  • Able to demonstrate a critical appreciation of scholarly works;
  • Diligence in tracking down sources and organizing gathered data;
  • Good writing skill in both English and Filipino; and
  • Able to work with minimal supervision.
Applicants with experience in field research and publications work will be considered favorably.

Applicants must submit the following in PDF format:
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae, including at least two (2) references and their contact information;
  • A transcript of records (or a printout of grades from UP CRS);
  • An essay not exceeding 1,000 words answering this question: Kung magtatayo ka ng relihiyon sino-sino ang ituturing mong mga makasalanan? (maybe written in English or Filipino); and
  • A letter of application addressed to:
RICARDO T. JOSE, PhD
Director
Third World Studies Center
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines Diliman
Applications must be sent to twsc.updiliman@up.edu.ph.

Deadline of applications is on 29 May 2016 (Sunday), at 11:59 PM.

Monday, May 02, 2016

EXTENDED: Call for applications: The 2016 TWSC Writeshop



The 2016 TWSC Writeshop
Third World Studies Center, Lower Ground Floor,
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy,
Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
7-9 November 2016



About the writeshop

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) launches the 2016 TWSC Writeshop in continuing its commitment to build the capacity of early career researchers, junior faculty members, and graduate students in the social sciences. As a premiere social science research center in the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines-Diliman, the TWSC continues to develop critical, alternative paradigms to promote progressive scholarship by undertaking pioneering research and publishing original, empirically-grounded, and innovative studies.

Originally meant as a capacity-building workshop on social science research in 2010, the TWSC Writeshop transformed into a unique publication platform for early career researchers, junior faculty members, and graduate students in the social sciences. Since 2014, successful Writeshop participants were not only given the opportunity to interact with experts from the academe and the publishing industry, but also the opportunity to produce a publishable manuscript for the TWSC’s internationally refereed and CHED-accredited (A-2, Very Good - Excellent) journal Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies. The 2016 TWSC Writeshop sustains this academic tradition and more.

The 2016 TWSC Writeshop marks another milestone as it transitions from module-based discussions to manuscript-driven mentoring in the form of intensive yet collegial small-group discussions. The mentors, established scholars in their respective fields and the Kasarinlan editorial staff, will bring into line problematization, researcher positionality and ethics, and crafting meaningful narratives based on empirical work to equip the participants in making a contribution in social science scholarship, i.e., by creating a publishable work. In seeing through the TWSC Writeshop’s goal, the Writeshop culminates with the publication of successful manuscripts in a special issue in Kasarinlan.

Who may apply

There will only be ten (10) successful applicants who will be called Writeshop Fellows. Applicants can be social science graduate students, early career researchers, and/or junior faculty members from any Philippine higher education institution. Applicants who are near completion of their theses/dissertations as well as those who have not yet participated in previous TWSC writeshops will be prioritized.

What to submit

Applicants must be able to submit the following to twsc.updiliman@up.edu.ph on or before 31 July 2016:

  1. An unpublished article, authored solely by the applicant, with a word count of 6,000 - 8,000 words, inclusive of an abstract and a list of references, that can be developed into a full-length article for publication in the Center’s internationally refereed and CHED-accredited (A-2, Very Good - Excellent) journal Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies. See author guidelines here http://bit.ly/1OFXsTa. The draft article must demonstrate theoretical rigor and must be based on empirical work. Submissions will be plagiarism-checked. The submission must conform to the prescribed template for purposes of the Writeshop. The template can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/jgq5xxr 
  2. Soft copy of latest curriculum vitae with references.
What to expect after submission of requirements
  1. All submissions will undergo plagiarism check by the Kasarinlan editorial staff. Submissions without plagiarized contents will undergo preliminary editorial evaluation by the Kasarinlan editorial staff. Ten submissions will be selected.
  2. The ten applicants whose submissions were selected will be notified by email, including the terms of reference (TOR) for the Writeshop. They must convey their full understanding, agreement, and acceptance of the TOR by sending the signed TOR to twsc.updiliman@up.edu.ph.
  3. There is no registration fee. Successful applicants based outside of Metro Manila may apply for subsidies, in the forms of per diem and reimbursed travel expenses subject to government accounting rules. Those who would like to avail of the above subsidies must send a signed letter addressed to the Director, Dr. Ricardo T. Jose to twsc.updiliman@up.edu.ph, with clear justification on why they are requesting for such.
What to expect during the writeshop

Day 1
Activity 1: Keynote speech on the state of the art of social sciences in the Philippines
Objective: To establish the research and publication milieu in which early-career researchers can stake their claim as potential authors.

Activity 2: Introduction of the Writeshop Fellows
Objective: To create a collegial atmosphere among the fellows.

Activity 3: Lecture on social science research and publication
Objective: To set the general parameters of problematization, research positionality, and ethics in social science research and publication.

Activity 4: Small-group discussion on problematization, research positionality, and ethics
Objective: To provide a platform for the fellows where they can engage in a dialogue with mentors and members of the editorial staff on the quality of theoretical engagement as well as ethical nuances of their manuscripts.

Conduct of small-group discussion: The fellows will be assigned to groups with two mentors and one member of the editorial staff each. The mentors will be provided with a copy of the manuscript before the writeshop to give substantive feedback. The discussion will revolve around, but will not be limited to problematization, research positionality, and ethics. The editorial staff will serve as facilitator in threshing out the following: 1) What research problem did you choose?; 2) How did you come up with this research problem?; 3) What is your stake in this research?

Day 2

Activity 5: Small group discussion on making sense of the findings and crafting narratives
Objective: To provide a platform for the fellows where they can engage in a dialogue with mentors and members of the editorial staff on the conduct of analysis and producing a coherent narrative out of the key arguments of their manuscripts.

Conduct of small-group discussion: The fellows will be assigned to groups with two mentors and one member of the editorial staff each. The mentors will be provided with a copy of the manuscript before the writeshop to give substantive feedback. The discussion will revolve around, but will not be limited to structure of the analysis and writing styles for journal articles. The editorial staff will serve as facilitator in threshing out the following: 1) How did you gather your data and from what sources?; 2) How did you analyze your data and why?; 3) What are your key findings?; 4) How do you narrate your findings to tell a story?; and 5) Is the conclusion really an ending?

Activity 6: Kasarinlan session by Managing Editor
Objective: To familiarize the fellows on plagiarism, CMOS referencing, and copy editing one's manuscripts.

Day 3

Culminating Activity: Writeshop Fellows’ Plenary Session
Objective: To provide a platform for the fellows to present their works in progress, their key learnings from the writeshop, and concrete plans for publication.

Closing Activity: Awarding of Certificates

For inquiries:

Elinor May K. Cruz
University Research Associate
Third World Studies Center
University of the Philippines-Diliman
Lower Ground Floor, Palma Hall
University of the Philippines
1101 Diliman, Quezon City
E-mail: twsc.updiliman@up.edu.ph
Telephone: +63 2 981 8500 ext. 2488
Telefax: +63 2 920 5428
Mobile: +63926 710 2926




Thursday, April 21, 2016

FORUM 4 ng 2016 UP TWSC PUBLIC FORUM SERIES

FORUM 4 ng 2016 UP TWSC Public Forum Series,
"Anim na Tanong sa Anim na Taon: 
Ang mga Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya at ang 
Papalitang Rehimeng Aquino"
Ika-26 ng Abril 2016 (Martes), 1:00 - 4:00 ng hapon
Silid PH 400, Palma Hall, Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, 
Unibersidad ng Pilipinas-Diliman


Malugod na iniimbitahan ang publiko na dumalo sa ika-4 na forum ng 2016 UP TWSC Public Forum Series na pinamagatang, "Anim na Tanong sa Anim na Taon: Ang mga Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya at ang Papalitang Rehimeng Aquino."

Tampok sila Dr. Ferdinand Llanes ng Departamento ng Kasaysayan, Dr. Jondi Flavier ng Linangan ng Populasyon, at Dr. Kristian Saguin ng Departamento ng Heograpiya bilang mga tagapagsalita sa forum na ito. Si Dr. Llanes ay magbibigay ng kasaysayan ng mga inisyatiba para sa pagtataguyod ng iba't ibang porma ng social justice sa ilalim ng administrasyong Aquino sa kanyang, "Some Indicators of Social Justice under the Aquino Administration." Si Dr. Flavier naman ay maglalatag ng kasalukuyang estado ng implementasyon ng Reproductive Health Law sa kanyang, "Reproductive Health Law: Challenges of Implementation." Isyu naman ng polisiya sa land use ang tatalakayin ni Dr. Saguin sa kanyang, "Governing Land Use: New Directions or More of the Same?"

Gaganapin ang forum na ito sa ika-26 ng Abril 2016 (Martes), mula 1:00 hanggang 4:00 ng hapon, sa Silid PH 400, Palma Hall, Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas-Diliman.


TUNGKOL SA MGA PRESENTASYON

Reproductive Health Law: Challenges of Implementation
Dr. Jonathan David Flavier, Senior Lecturer, Linangan ng Populasyon, Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas-Diliman

Sa pananaw ng nag-aaral ng bilang at pag-unlad ng mga Pilipino, parehong mayroong mga natugunan at napabayaan ang administrasyong PNoy sa mga usaping: (1) pangkalahatang kalusugan, (2) pangakong MDGs (Millennium Development Goals), at (3) pantay-pantay na kalusugan ng Pilipino. Ipapakita sa presentasyong ito ang mga figures ng mga kababaihang namamatay sa pagdadalangtao para maipaliwanag ang kahalagahan na mapunan ang pangangailangan nila ng edukasyon at gabay sa mga paraan sa pagpaplano ng pamilya. Layon din ng presentasyong ito na mailatag ang mga posibleng paliwanag sa likod ng kasalukuyang estado ng mga kababaihan at pamilyang Pilipino.

Governing Land Use: New Directions or More of the Same?
Dr. Kristian Saguin, Katuwang na Propesor, Departamento ng Heograpiya, Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas-Diliman

A focus on land use offers a way to discuss various pressing issues that range from indigenous peoples’ land rights and urban housing tenure to food security, sustainable resource management and disaster risk reduction. In this presentation, I will examine efforts during the Aquino administration to formulate comprehensive national policies and introduce new modes of governance on land use. I will situate the progress and prospects of these efforts within the changing, sometimes contradictory, priorities of the administration.


Ang 2016 UP TWSC Public Forum Series ay may suporta ng Opisina ng Bise Presidente para sa Gawaing Pangmadla ng UP, Opisina ng Tsanselor ng UP Diliman, at ng Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, UP Diliman.


MGA KUHA MULA SA FORUM








Monday, April 18, 2016

Elinor May K. Cruz, 2016 Gawad Chanselor sa Natatanging Research, Extension, and Professional Staff

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC)  is extremely proud of one of its university research associates, Elinor May K. Cruz, for being a recipient of the 2016 Gawad Chanselor sa Natatanging Research, Extension, and Professional Staff. In his nomination for May to the said award, TWSC Director, Dr. Ricardo T. Jose wrote:

Pioneering accurately describes much of May’s research work throughout her young academic career, tackling sensitive issues such as cybersex and toxic cosmetics regulation, marketing, and use without compromising standards of ethical scholarship. May can also be credited with spearheading efforts to ensure the continued viability of the Center’s in-house journal, Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, as an internationally respected publication, while at the same time providing a venue for early career researchers to publish their research outputs. Furthermore, May’s work in TWSC has helped keep the Center in touch with a global community of scholars. All this she accomplished with the diligence and dedication that, in our university community, one finds only in those whose career advancement can be attributed, by and large, to merit.

. . . . .

May’s achievements go above and beyond what is expected of a university research associate in our university. The consistent “Outstanding” performance rating that she has received for every semester since 2013 does not capture in full her dedication and professionalism that elevated the quality of academic work here at the TWSC and, in turn, in the university. These she has achieved through untiring engagement with the ethical, theoretical, and methodological intricacies of the social sciences as she has also applied her keen mind to systematize executions of research programs and to heighten the effectiveness of our Center’s international network and training and advocacy activities.

When May started at the TWSC, research colleagues immediately noticed her knack for asking probing questions, always wanting to know how things are done in the Center, on how she can make it better, or to surface unexamined assumptions being made to inform research initiatives. This mix of curiosity and candor, diligence and dedication, and a firm grasp for the innovative give us all the reasons to proudly nominate Elinor May K. Cruz for the 2016 Gawad Tsanselor sa Natatanging REPS.

May received her award last 20 May 2016 at the Institute of Biology Auditorium, College of Sciences, UP Diliman:

  














Wednesday, April 06, 2016

A Public Lecture on Organized Labor in Indonesia by Dr. Max Lane


Indonesia Today: The Return Of Organized Labor In Contemporary Politics

The UP Asian Center will host a public lecture, “Indonesia Today: The Return of Organized Labor in Contemporary Politics" by Dr. Max Lane on Monday, 25 April 2016, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Seminar Room, Hall of Wisdom, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. The lecture is free and open to the public; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but participants are encouraged to sign up to expedite the registration process on the day of the forum. 

About the Lecture

The 1965 counter-revolution in Indonesia (against the unfinished national revolution) necessitated the establishment of an almost totalitarian authoritarianism under General Suharto. During the 33 years of near totalitarian rule, political agency was confined to factions and cliques within the Indonesian capitalist class and its institutions. Political agency from outside this class—from the working class and peasantry—was not simply either subordinated or co-opted, it was physically abolished. For 33 years, a de facto re-education programme was implemented, eliminating not only the previous ideologies of these classes—social democracy, radical popular nationalism and socialism—but also even the traditions associated with their history. Since the fall of Suharto in 1998, however, there has been a gradual re-entry of organised labor into the political terrain, accelerating after 2010, with large-scale national mobilisation for improvements in conditions taking place in 2011, 2012, and 2013. There is more open discussion of labor's direct participation in politics. As this continues, polarisation between the union bureaucracy elite and the more critical, militant and independent-minded union activists has begun. This new polarisation is of enormous importance as to what happens next in Indonesian national politics.

About the Speaker

Max Lane, Ph.D. is Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore. The English translator of six of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s works, including the Arok of Java and This Earth of Mankind and the other novels of the “Buru Quartet.” He has published several books on Indonesia, including Openness, Political Discontent and Succession in Indonesia: Political Developments in Indonesia, 1989-90 (Griffith University 1991); Unfinished Nation: Indonesia before and after Suharto (Verso 2009); and Decentralization and Its Discontents: An Essay on Class, Political Agency and National Perspective in Indonesian Politics (ISEAS 2014). He is also author of The Urban Mass Movement in the Philippines, 1983-87 (Australian National University and ISEAS 1990). In 2016, he will publish his first book of poetry and prose. An activist, Max Lane also previously served as officer in the Australian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

View his CV and list of other publications here.

The public lecture is organized by the UP Asian Center and the Third World Studies Center, University of the Philippines Diliman.