Friday, November 22, 2013

BOOK LAUNCH: Introduction to Philippine Politics: Local Politics, the State, Nation-building, and Democratization

Introduction to Philippine Politics: Local Politics, the State, Nation-building, and Democratization, a book edited by Dr. Maria Ela L. Atienza, will be among the nine new titles to be launched by the University of the Philippines Press on November 29, 2013 at the West Wing Gallery of Vargas Museum.

Click here for the event's page on the UP Press website.

This current volume . . . is a set of supplementary readings that form part of the multivolume Third World Perspectives on Politics Series. The idea for the series is to come up with volumes of supplemental readings in existing political science courses in particular and social sciences courses  in general. These readings, originally published in Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, adopt a developing country perspective, or more appropriately a Third World perspective, in comparison to most readings in Philippine politics. This volume provides a number of analytical tools and frameworks, that can be used as theoretical and methodological handles in the study of Philippine politics. Thus, this volume not only equips readers with the use of these analytical tools and frameworks, but at the same time, gives them a chance to assess the continuing use of these heuristic devices given the various political problems and issues in the changing Philippine political landscape. Furthermore, these readings, originally published from the late 1980s to early 2000, provide some historical and contextual background to the current problems and issues in Philippine politics. They also help readers assess if the problems, issues, and sometimes proposed solutions mentioned by the authors continue to be relevant in the context of contemporary Philippine government and politics. Finally, the authors are not only Filipino political scientists but Filipino scholars from other disciplines, as well as foreign scholars who have taken an interest in studying Philippine politics and comparing them with other developing countries in Southeast Asia and elsewhere. Students will definitely benefit from the multidisciplinary and comparative perspectives of the selected readings.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


28-30 May 2014
Third World Studies Center, Lower Ground Floor,
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy,
Palma Hall, University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) extends this year's social science research workshop to cover the publication phase of academic research. Envisioning itself as a premiere social science research center of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines-Diliman, TWSC develops critical, alternative paradigms to promote progressive scholarship by undertaking pioneering research and publishing original, empirically-grounded, and innovative studies. It is also committed to building the capacity of early career researchers and faculty members in the social sciences, hence, the third TWSC research and publication workshop--"The 2014 TWSC Writeshop."

The TWSC believes that if one is to commit to the changing zeitgeist/sociocultural agenda of research, s/he has to effectively contribute to the body of knowledge in her/his interest, to establish networks with scholars with similar research interests, and to obtain critique for the continuous improvement of one's research output. Thus, this year's workshop centers on: 1) researcher reflexivity and crafting of the problematique in the social sciences; 2) the contribution of research to knowledge production in the social sciences; 3) research ethics in the social sciences; 4) publication process; and 5) publication ethics.

Who may apply
There will only be ten (10) select participants. Applicants can be social science graduate students, early career researchers, and junior faculty members from any Philippine higher education institution.

What to submit

Applicants must be able to submit the following to on or before March 2, 2014 (Sunday):
  1. An unpublished article, authored solely by the applicant, with a minimum of 4,000 words, an abstract and list of references, that can be developed into a full-length article for publication in the Center’s internationally refereed and CHED-accredited journal Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies. Submission of an unpublished article must conform to the publication requirements of Kasarinlan.* The unpublished article must demonstrate theoretical rigor, be empirically sound, and strictly adhere to ethics in the conduct of research. Submissions will undergo plagiarism check, as do all submissions to Kasarinlan.
  2. Soft copy of latest curriculum vitae with references. 
*See link for the journal’s publication requirements:

What to expect after submission of requirements 
  1. All submissions will undergo plagiarism check by the editorial staff of Kasarinlan.
  2. Submissions without plagiarized contents will undergo preliminary editorial evaluation by the editorial staff of Kasarinlan. Ten submissions will be selected, with early career researchers and junior faculty members to be given priority.
  3. The ten applicants whose submissions were selected will be notified by email not later than March 31, 2014. They will also be provided the terms of reference (TOR) for the writeshop by email. 
  4. They must convey their full understanding, agreement, and acceptance of the TOR for the writeshop by sending the signed TOR to not later than April 4, 2014. 
  5. The final list of submissions will undergo blind peer review process before the conduct of the workshop. The consolidated feedback will be provided to the participants during the workshop.
  6. There is no registration fee. Applicants based outside of Metro Manila may apply for subsidies, in the forms of per diem and reimbursed travel expenses. Those based within Metro Manila may apply for subsidy, in the form of reimbursed travel expenses. Those who would like to avail the above subsidies must send a signed letter addressed to the Director, Dr. Ricardo T.  Jose with clear justification on why they are requesting for such.
Writeshop Program
Day 1
Days 2-3 

What to expect during the workshop

Module 1 followed by an open forum
Ano’ng Problema Mo?: Researcher reflexivity and crafting the problematique in the social sciences

Presentation of unpublished articles by participants

Module 2 followed by an open forum
Ano’ng Say Mo?: The contribution of research to knowledge production in the social sciences

Module 3 followed by an open forum
Ano’ng Paki Mo?: Research ethics in the social sciences


Module 4 followed by an open forum
So Ano Na?: Publication process

Module 5 followed by an open forum
Papel Mo Ba ‘To?: Publication ethics


Non-blind peer review process in the form of break-out sessions

Awarding of certificates

Upon completion of the workshop, participants are expected to: 1) have an increased awareness of academic publishing; 2) have an increased awareness of the publication process; and 3) continue their engagement with TWSC by addressing the points for revision raised during the peer review process for possible publication in Kasarinlan.

What to expect after the workshop
June 13, 2014 (Friday): Deadline of first revision (two-week timeframe)

June 16, 2014 (Monday): Notify authors of editorial evaluation of revisions: Further revisions or copyediting

June 27, 2014 (Friday): Deadline of final revision (two-week timeframe)

June 30, 2014 (Monday): Notify authors whose articles will be published in Kasarinlan *

*If revisions remain unaddressed or the refusal to revise is not justified, the editorial staff has the prerogative to reject the article, in keeping with the established editorial process of Kasarinlan.

For inquiries:
Elinor May K. Cruz (
University Research Associate
Third World Studies Center
University of the Philippines-Diliman
P.O. Box 210
Lower Ground Floor, Palma Hall
University of the Philippines
1101 Diliman, Quezon City
Telephone: +63 2 981 8500 ext. 2488
Telefax: +63 2 920 5428
Mobile: +63926 710 2926

For updates and details on the writeshop see these sites:

Please click here to see CHED endorsement.

Please click here to see the endorsement of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ethical Consumption in the Philippine Context: A Roundtable Discussion

 Ethical Consumption in the Philippine Context: A Roundtable Discussion
(Friday) 15 November 2013 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Third World Studies Center, Lower Ground Floor, Palma Hall, 
University of the Philippines-Diliman  

Click here for the the audiovisual recordings of the RTD.

The afternoon discussion will bring together advocates of sustainable eating, responsible travel and ethical finance to discuss the history and practice of consumer movements. Of particular focus will be how consumer movements participate in larger development objectives and engage with broader social movements for a just and sustainable world. Especially in the Philippine context, including the recent typhoon and other climate-related disasters, what might a consumer movement framework bring to philosophical debates about the process of social change and sustainable development?

Consumer Movements: An Overview
Francis Calpotura, TIGRA

Responsible Travel
Tracey Santiago, TravelTales Inc

Culinary Heritage
Amy Besa, Ang Sariling Atin

Balikbayan Ethical Spending
Melissa Gibson, TIGRA Philippines

Chen Mencias, Blue Water Consultancy

Open Forum

Refreshments will be served

Third World Studies Center
Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action (TIGRA)