Monday, July 17, 2017

SINELAYSAY: A Documentary Film Showcase feat premieres of "Pag-baylo" and "Leaving Bodeng"

SINELAYSAY: A Documentary Film Showcase
17-18 August 2017, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Room 400, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, UP Diliman, in partnership with the Department of Political Science of Université de Montréal (UdM), invites you to this year's "Sinelaysay: A Documentary Film Showcase," to be held on 17-18 August 2017 at Room 400, Palma Hall, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, UP Diliman.

For six years now, TWSC and UdM have produced documentaries that tell the stories of the lives and struggles of Filipinos at the unmarked margins of society. This showcase features films focusing on such people against the backdrop of access to land and its uncertain, if not diminishing resources—a community that lives on the back of an active volcano for want of a liveable space, women mining the dregs of what was once a gold country, a worker living in a packed urban space and cycling through poverty and the deadly streets of a metropolis, a tribal leader bequeathing to his son a future that is about to vanish, and of families whose life stories swirl and eddy with the sludge of the mines on a river. 

This year's showcase will premiere two new documentaries, widening the scope of Sinelaysay. "Leaving Bodeng" documents the last days of the about-to-be evicted occupants of the iconic White Building in Phnom Penh. "Pag-baylo: Losing the Land to Solar Farms" brings to light the deft maneuvers by big landowners to convert vast tracts of land that are meant for distribution to its tenants into solar farms. 

An open forum with the filmmakers of “Pag-baylo: Losing the Land to Solar Farms” and “Leaving Bodeng” follows every screening.

The screenings are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Screening Schedule: 

17 August 2017 (Thursday)

10:00 a.m. Kadena
10:30 a.m. Pag-baylo: Losing the Land to Solar Farms

1:00 p.m. Minera
1:30 p.m. Leaving Bodeng

2:30 p.m. Naglalahong Pamana
3:00 p.m. Pag-baylo: Losing the Land to Solar Farms

18 August 2017 (Friday)

10:00 a.m. Haw-as
10:30 a.m. Leaving Bodeng

1:00 p.m. Sa Rio Tuba
1:30 p.m. Pag-baylo: Losing the Land to Solar Farms

2:30 p.m. Alas-as
3:00 p.m. Leaving Bodeng

Friday, June 23, 2017

An invitation to a colloquium on the Marawi crisis

Everyone is invited to the Last Thursday Colloquium on the Marawi Crisis, to be held on 29 June 2017 (Thursday), from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, UP Institute of Small-Scale Industries, E. Virata Hall, E. Jacinto Street, University of the Philippines-Diliman. 

The colloquium brings together speakers who will dissect the currently unfolding crisis in Marawi City that has already cost more than 300 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians. The government response to the crisis, including the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, will be dealt with, as well as the prospects of an Islamic State presence in Mindanao.

Atty. Algamar A. Latiph, Executive Director of the Center for Governance and Peace Studies, Professor Julkipli Wadi of the UP Institute of Islamic Studies, and former Cong. Ashley Acedillo of the Magdalo Party will serve as resource persons. Dr. Eduardo C. Tadem of the UP Asian Center and Mr. Arman Disomimba of the UP Institute of Islamic Studies Student Council will also be part of the discussion.

Please click HERE for the event program.


ATTY. ALGAMAR A. LATIPH is a human rights lawyer and a peace advocate. Currently the Exeutive Director of Center for Governance and Peace Studies. He is a former Chairperson of the Regional Commission on Human Rights at the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

PROFESSOR JULKIPLI WADI is Associate Professor 7 at the UP Institute of Islamic Studies. He has an MA in Islamic Studies in UP and took up units in Ph.D. PolSci also in UP. His specialization includes Islamic thought and the social and political dynamics of the Muslim world. He also served as the 7th Dean of the Institute. He is often sought for interviews for his insights into emerging issues concerning the realm of Muslim political movements, including the Bangsamoro peace process and the ongoing conflict surrounding Marawi.

FORMER CONGRESSMAN FRANCISCO ASHLEY ACEDILLO (or “Ace” to friends) was a member of the 16th Congress. As a Party-list Representative, Acedillo brought to Congress a combination of youthful dynamism, disciplined dedication, as well as a deep understanding of the Philippine bureaucracy. The latter stems from his days consulting for various government agencies spanning legislation, national security, health, transportation, and urban development from 2008-2013. He served as Vice Chairman of the Committee on Globalization and WTO and was a member of six major committees, namely Appropriations, Civil Service and Professional Regulation, Foreign Affairs, Higher and Technical Education, Government Reorganization and Transportation as well as being member of two other special committees: the Committee on East ASEAN Growth and the Congressional Oversight Committee on Disaster Management. Prior to his stint in the legislature and in management consulting, he served as a combat helicopter pilot in some of the front lines of the Philippine military’s counterinsurgency campaigns, where he was awarded the Gold Cross Medal for gallantry in action (the third highest combat award for combat) and two Distinguished Aviation Crosses for his various exploits as an aviator. Acedillo graduated from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) with a Bachelor of Science (Management) in 1999 - garnering the highest marks in History courses for all four years in PMA. In 2011, he finished his Master of Management from the prestigious Asian Institute of Management (AIM) where he was awarded a Washington Sycip Graduate School of Business Full Scholarship. In September 2016, he was designated as President of the Institute for Policy, Strategy and Developmental Studies, Inc. (IPSDI) - a newly-organized private, non-partisan think tank based in Quezon City. Acedillo is married to the former Maria Paz Victoria Ocampo, and they have a daughter, Maria Angela Noelle.


Alternatiba, the UP Third World Studies Center, and ARYA Progresibo are co-sponsoring this event.

This colloquium is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please feel free to invite friends, colleagues, and other networks to the event. 

For more details about the colloquium, please get in touch with Weng Soriano via mobile at 09150022134.




Thursday, June 01, 2017

Call for Applications: One (1) Full-Time Research Assistant (URGENT)

The Third World Studies Center, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman is looking for one (1) full-time Research Assistant for the period June to September 2017 for a project on the history of railways in Metro Manila funded by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Grant (see details of the research project here). The gross salary is PHP 27,653.00.

The research assistant position requires the following qualifications:

  • Preferably a graduate from the University of the Philippines of any social science course or research-oriented discipline;
  • 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 must submit the following in PDF format at

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (references can follow but please provide at least two);
  • A transcript of records (or a printout of grades from UP CRS); and
  • A letter of application addressed to: Prof. Karl Poblador as Project Leader

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Call for applications: The 2017 TWSC Writeshop

The 2017 TWSC Writeshop
Third World Studies Center, Lower Ground Floor,
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy,
Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
25-27 October 2017

About the writeshop
The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) launches the 2017 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 journal Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies.

The 2017 TWSC Writeshop sustains the manuscript-driven mentoring format in the form of intensive yet collegial small-group discussions with mentors, established scholars in their respective fields and the Kasarinlan editorial staff. The intensive three-day session will bring into line problematization, researcher positionality and ethics, and meaningful narratives based on empirical work to equip the participants in making a contribution to social science scholarship, i.e., a publishable work. In seeing through the TWSC Writeshop’s goal, the Writeshop culminates in the publication of successful manuscripts in a special issue in Kasarinlan.

Who may apply:
There will only be ten (10) Writeshop Fellows. Preferred applicants are social science graduate students, early career researchers, and/or junior faculty members from any Philippine higher education institution. Applicants who have not yet participated in previous TWSC Writeshops will be given priority. 
What to submit:
Applicants must be able to submit the following to on or before 31 July 2017:
  1. A 4,000 – 6,000 words unpublished paper on any social science topic, authored solely by the applicant, 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 journal Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies. The submitted work must not be under consideration in any other publication. The draft article must demonstrate theoretical rigor and must be rooted in the author’s own empirical work. Submissions will be plagiarism-checked. See author guidelines here:
  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
  3. There is no registration fee. Successful applicants based outside of Metro Manila may apply for accommodation and travel subsidies in the form of reimbursement and subject to government accounting rules. To apply for subsidies, send a signed letter addressed to the Director, Dr. Ricardo T. Jose at stating your reasons for availing them.

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
Telephone: +63 2 981 8500 ext. 2488
Telefax: +63 2 920 5428
Mobile: +63926 710 2926

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Berch Berberoglu

The Impact of Globalization on the Third World
in the Twentieth and Early Twenty-first Century
A Roundtable Discussion with
Dr. Berch Berberoglu
27 February 2017 (Monday), 10:30 AM - 12:00 NN
Third World Studies Center, Lower Ground Floor, Palma Hall
University of the Philippines Diliman

The Department of Sociology and the Third World Studies Center of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines-Diliman invites the public to participate in this roundtable discussion with Dr. Berch Berberoglu of University of Nevada, Reno.


The globalization of capital and economic expansion by the transnational corporations on a world scale have had a great impact on the social, economic, and political structure of Third World societies in the twentieth and early twenty-first century.  This has led to enormous imbalances and inequalities on a global scale that have immense political implications. This process, which has evolved over the course of the twentieth century, has now become the dominant form of global political relations and has consequences for national economic development, social well-being, and global governance. Under the guise of neoliberalism – invoking privatization, “free trade,” and de-nationalization of resources – transnational corporations of the advanced capitalist countries have amassed great wealth for their owners, while causing great harm to peoples and nations around the globe and have devastated the lives of millions across the world. It is this inequitable situation that has led to immense inequalities in the Third World, which calls into question the very basis of the global economic system and points to alternative solutions that are viable and in line with the interests of the great majority of the people in the world today.


Prof. Berch Berberoglu is Foundation Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1977. He has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Nevada, Reno for the past 39 years. He has served as department chair on three different occasions, totaling 14 years. Dr. Berberoglu has written and edited 32 books and many articles.

His most recent books include Globalization of Capital and the Nation-State (2003), Globalization and Change: The Transformation of Global Capitalism (2005), Globalization in the 21st Century: Labor, Capital, and the State on a World Scale (2010); Beyond the Global Capitalist Crisis: The World Economy in Transition (2012), Political Sociology in a Global Era (2013), and The Global Capitalist Crisis and Its Aftermath (2014). His latest book Social Theory: Classical and Contemporary — A Critical Perspective was published by Routledge in January 2017. 

His areas of specialization include globalization, international political economy, development, political sociology, and comparative-historical sociology. He is currently working on two new books titled America After Empire: The Promise and the Vision for a New America in the 21st Century, which will be published by Routledge in 2017, and The Palgrave Handbook of Social Movements, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.

TWSC Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary with "The Third World Studies Center in Its 40th Year: An International Conference"

The Third World Studies Center of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines-Diliman celebrated its 40th anniversary with the conference, "The Third World Studies Center in Its 40th Year: An International Conference." This conference was held last 9-10 February 2017 at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, Asian Center, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City.

Dr. Alfred W. McCoy, Harrington Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, was the keynote speaker. Two (2) plenary sessions were set aside for the Center’s former Directors and respected scholars whose long academic histories have included doing research in the Philippines as TWSC visiting research fellows. Panelists included former Directors Professor Randy David of the Department of Sociology, Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Dr. Teresa Encarnacion Tadem, and Dr. Maria Ela Atienza of the Department of Political Science, and Dr. Maria Serena Diokno of the Department of History, University of the Philippines-Diliman; Dr. Teresita Maceda of the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature and Professor Mila G. Aguilar of the Department of English and Comparative Literature (retired) of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Dr. Paul Hutchcroft of the Australian National University, Dr. Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt of the Aalborg University, and Dr. Takushi Ohno of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Former TWSC visiting research fellows, contributors to Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, and members of the TWSC network presented papers in 11 panels centering around TWSC’s current research themes: (1) political economy and globalization, (2) social movements, (3) authoritarianism and democratic governance, (4) peace and human security, (5) culture and identity, and (6) (new) media and technology. Documentaries produced by student interns of TWSC and the University of Montreal were also screened.

A tribute to TWSC founder and former UP President, Professor Emeritus Francisco "Dodong" Nemenzo was also held on the first day of the conference. Former UP President Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman, former CSSP Deans Dr. Consuelo J. Paz and Dr. Leslie E. Bauzon, former TWSC Directors Professor Randy David and Dr. Maris Diokno delivered messages. Former UP President Dr. Jose V. Abueva's message was read to Dr. Nemenzo. Chancellor Michael L. Tan was also in attendance.

Photo highlights from the conference can be found below. More photos can be found here, here, and here.

Keynote Speech by Dr. Alfred W. McCoy
Global Populism: A Lineage of Filipino Strongman from Quezon to Marcos and Duterte

Day 1 Plenary Session with Former TWSC Directors
TWSC and Current Socio-Political Inquiries

Day 2 Plenary Session
Vantage Points in Partisan Scholarship

Tribute to Francisco “Dodong” Nemenzo, TWSC Founder