Department of Sociology and Anthropology hosts a conference on the global South

The Ateneo Department of Sociology and Anthropology launched on Feb. 4, 2016 an international conference called “Third World Solidarity After the Cold War” featuring the research papers about the Global South of local and international participants.

Professor Fernando Aldaba, the dean of the School of Social Sciences (SOSS), welcomed the delegates and expressed his appreciation to the different disciplines under SOSS for collaborating and putting in interdisciplinary measures to work.

The main speaker, Dr. Dilip Menon of the University of the Witwatersrand discussed the possibility of rethinking the idea of the global south.

SOSS Dean Aldaba (center) with Dr. Dilip Menon (left) and Dr. Jowel Canuday (right) of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Doctor Menon discussed arguments that he would like the participants to ponder, some of these being what people have forgotten in terms of thinking about Global South, the consideration  that colonialism creates a sense of the world that can be traveled through and what theory from the Global South means.

He also suggested that scholars all over the world should come together and talk about the new world and added that there are various movements out there that have transcended the time and space of the modern, the national, the colonial and have engaged with the idea of Western human emancipation.

Some of the participants of the conference (left to right): Mr. Cleve Kevin Robert Arguelles, Ms. Veronica Gregorio, Dr. Susan Engel, Dr. Lisandro Claudio and Dr. Jayeel Serrano Cornelio

Editor of the Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South Dr. Lisandro Claudio welcomes the delegates of the conference

The paper presentations that followed were given by Dr. Susan Engel of the University of Wollongong, Adbul Gaffar of the Jawarharlal Nehru University, Veronica Gregorio of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and University of the Philippines Diliman, Magid Shihade of the Birzeit University and Dr. Jayeel Serrano Cornelio of the Ateneo.

The second day, to be held on Feb. 5, 2016, will be a continuation of the research discussions and an open forum at 5:00 PM with Dr. Menon and Dr. Walden Bello at the Social Sciences Conference Rooms 3-4.

The 2-day event is a collaboration between the Ateneo Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South, the Ateneo Development Studies Program and the Philippine Sociological Studies. It was also co-hosted by the Emerging Future Workshop by the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.