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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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



























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