Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Salvador P. Lopez Centennial Academic Conference

The public is cordially invited to take part in an academic conference organized in celebration of the birth centennial of former University of the Philippines (UP) President Salvador P. Lopez. Entitled, “The SP Lopez Legacy: Issues and Challenges,” this conference will be held on January 19, 2012 (Thursday) from 7:30 in the morning to 5:30 in the afternoon at the Pulungang Claro M. Recto (Faculty Center Conference Hall), Rizal Hall, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The conference will feature discussion and debate on the contemporary relevance of six major themes associated with former UP President SP Lopez: democratic governance in UP; leadership and the UP system; literature and society; progressive diplomacy; freedom of information; and peace and human rights.

Speakers include UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, Dr. Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem, Dr. Carolyn I. Sobritchea, Dr. Rolando B. Tolentino, Dr. Judy M. Taguiwalo, and Dr. Bienvenido L. Lumbera. Reactors from the academe, the government, and civil society will engage the speakers in discussing the key issues raised in the presentations.

This conference is organized by the UP President’s Committee for the Commemoration of the Birth Centennial of Former UP President Salvador P. Lopez, the Office of the UP Diliman Chancellor, and the Third World Studies Center.

Please click here to access the conference program, and here for the conference's concept paper.

Please click here for the playlist of the video recordings of the Conference.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Repression and Toleration of Political Dissent in Contemporary Vietnam: A Lecture by Dr. Benedict Kerkvliet


Thursday, December 1, 2011, 2:00 P.M.

Bulwagang Sala'am, Asian Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City


Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet is Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. His researches focus on politics in the Philippines and Vietnam. His books include Beyond Hanoi: Local Government in Vietnam (2004), co-edited with David G. Marr; The Power of Everyday Politics: How Vietnamese Peasants Transformed National Policy (2005); Everyday Politics in the Philippines: Class and Status Relations in a Central Luzon Village (2002); and, The Huk Rebellion: A Study of Peasant Revolt in the Philippines (1977). A recent article is “Workers’ Protests in Contemporary Vietnam (with Some Comparisons to Those in the Pre-1975 South),” (2010) Journal of Vietnamese Studies 5:1.


Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives (ARENA Philippines)
Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA)
UP Asian Center
UP Political Science Department
UP Third World Studies Center

To access a playlist of the video recordings of the lecture, please click here.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Internship Opportunity at TWSC

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) welcomes applicants to its Volunteer-Internship Program (VIP). The TWSC VIP is designed for undergraduate, graduate, and foreign exchange students of the University of the Philippines with particular interest in critical political economy, democratization and political culture. The program provides an opportunity for volunteers-interns to assist in and learn from the various research, publications, and training projects and activities of the Center. It is a non-salaried program and does not guarantee future employment in the organization.

The TWSC only selects five volunteer-interns. Applicants must at least:

· be 18 years old,
· have junior status and be enrolled in the University of the Philippines at the time of application,
· be in good academic standing,
· have good writing skills (English),
· have a background in technical writing and research methodologies, and
· be able to complete specific assignments on deadlines.

Preference will be given to students who require internship credits, and/or whose academic work (thesis, etc.) relates with any of the TWSC’s research focus. TWSC encourages long-term internship work, and will give preference to applicants who can stay with the Center for a minimum period of three months and can work for at least 50 hours a month.

Application Process
To apply, please send the following:

· application letter,
· comprehensive resumé,and
· true copy of grades for all previous semesters


Dr. Maria Ela L. Atienza
Third World Studies Center
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Palma Hall Basement
University of the Philippines
Diliman 1101 Quezon City

Submit requirements to Emerald O. Flaviano at the Third World Studies Center.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Right to Self-Determination in ASEAN and the Philippines: A Lecture by Dr. Chandra Muzaffar

Wednesday, November 16 · 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Conference Room, Third World Studies Center, Lower Ground Floor, Palma Hall, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City


1:00 – 1:05

1:05 – 1:10
Maria Ela L. Atienza, PhD
Third World Studies Center and
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines - Diliman

1:10 – 1:40
Chandra Muzaffar, PhD
Noordin Sopiee Professor of Global Studies
Centre for Policy Research and International Studies
Universiti Sains Malaysia and
International Movement for a Just World

1:40 – 2:30

Maria Anna Rowena G. Layador
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines-Diliman


University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center
University of the Philippines Department of Political Science
Focus on the Global South - Philippines

This lecture is part of "The Chandra Muzaffar Speaker Tour: Understanding Right to Self-Determination and the Mindanao Peace Process", conceptualized by the Focus on the Global South-Philippines as part of its bi-annual Deconstructing Discourse and Activist Retooling Program (DDARP). Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, current president of the Malaysia-based International Movement for a JUST World, is a well-known social activist and academic who has written extensively on the topics of civilizational dialogue, international politics, and religion, among others.

Please click here to know more about Focus on the Global South-Philippines' DDARP.

Please click here to access a playlist of the video recordings of Dr. Muzaffar's lecture.