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Philippines Social Science Seminar Series (PhilS4)

Join us in the second week of each month on Zoom to hear from the world's best experts on the Philippines
This virtual seminar series brings together a diverse group of social scientists from across the globe with shared interests in the Philippines.

In addition to providing an in-depth scholarly analysis of social issues in the Phillipines, this series will foster new opportunities for networking between those working in the Philippines and around the world.

This series is sponsored by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC), the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman, Humboldt University of Berlin, and SOAS University of London.

2022 Schedule

Day Time (PT) Time (ET) Time (CET) Time (PHT) Time (AET) Event/Registration
16 June 2022 17:00 20:00 - - - Electoral Dystopias: From Colonial Democracy to Authoritarian Rule in the Philippines
17 June 2022 - - 02:00 08:00 10:00
14 July 2022 21:00 24:00 - - - TBC
15 July 2022 - - 6:00 12:00 14:00


Catch up on previous PhilS4 talks!


The Afterlives of María Clara

YouTube and Philippine Politics

Issues and Policy Agenda for Pandemic Response and Economic Recovery

Island Urbanisms in the Philippines

Filipino Time: Affective Worlds and Contracted Labor

Inequality and Political Dynasties in the Philippines



PhilS4 Organising Committee

Aries A. Arugay is Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean for Research, Extension, and Publications in the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Asian Politics & Policy, an academic journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Policy Studies Organization. His main research interests are comparative democratization, civil-military relations, ASEAN regionalism, and Philippine foreign and security policy. 

Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo is a sociocultural anthropologist and engaged scholar currently working as an Assistant Professor to the Chair of Southeast Asian History and Society at Humboldt University Berlin’s Institute for Asian and African Studies (HU-IAAW). She works on peace and conflict studies, with a particular focus on violence and subjectivity, othering, moral and ethical self-formation, affect and emotions, resistance, and solidarity in national and transnational contexts. She is also interested in and writes on the anthropology of Islam, state and religion, decoloniality, critical research ethics, and engaged scholarship. 

Nicole is a Professor at the University of Canberra’s Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. She is the author of the book Democracy in a Time of Misery: From Spectacular Tragedies to Deliberative Action (2019, Oxford University Press) and Power in Deliberative Democracy: Norms, Forums, Systems (2019, Palgrave, with Marit Hammond and John Min). She is the recipient of Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Research Award (2015-2018) for her work on democratic innovations in post-disaster situations.

Professor Michele Ford is Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Her research focuses on Southeast Asian labour movements, the intersection between national and international trade unions, labour migration, and labour’s engagement in the political sphere. She has been involved in extensive consultancy work for the ILO, the international labour movement and the Australian government.

Cristina Martinez-Juan is an Associate Professor at SOAS University of London. She has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and previously taught at the University of the Philippines, Cebu. In 2017, she spearheaded the creation of Philippine Studies at SOAS (PSS), an interdisciplinary forum for Philippine-related teaching, research and cultural production in the UK. Cristina has implemented a number of digital projects at SOAS that seek to not only provide open access to colonial archives but also create avenues for sourcing and inscribing annotative knowledge from academic and cultural originators in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

Dr Sandra Seno-Alday is a Lecturer in the Sydney Business School at the University of Sydney, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Prior to embarking on an academic career, Sandra was a consultant to a wide range of medium- to large-scale companies, specialising in international business development and organisation development. In the area of international business development, her consulting engagements were mainly aimed at informing clients’ strategic business expansion efforts in Southeast Asia, and included risk assessments, market attractiveness studies, competitive analyses and business feasibility analyses. 

Noah Theriault is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University. As a sociocultural anthropologist, he studies the different ways in which human societies meet their needs, settle their disputes, and make meaning of the world. As a political ecologist, he seeks to understand the ‘more-than-human’ nature of societies as well as the sociopolitical nature of ecosystems. Since 2006, his field research has focused on the Philippines.