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 Dragsb├Žk 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