#PHISO2020 Exploratory Workshop: “Decolonizing Global Studies: Charting Trends, Mapping Trajectories”


In line with the international conference, Decolonizing Global Studies: Charting Trends, Mapping Trajectories, a four-day intensive academic workshop will be held intended for early-career academics in the Philippines engaged in research that fall within the broad themes of the conference. Organized by the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies Decolonial Studies Program in partnership with the Philippine International Studies Organization and Miriam College International Studies Department, the workshop aims to provide an avenue for academic exchange and mentorship to advance decolonial theories and methods in the social sciences and humanities. Seven to ten participants will be selected to participate in the workshop which has three main goals:

  • Discuss theoretical approaches and methods in decolonizing global studies and relevant research on decoloniality;
  • Provide mentorship to the participants in terms of developing their paper’s theoretical and methodological elements as well as style in preparation for publication; and
  • Strengthen a network of researchers engaged in the field of decolonial studies.

If you wish to be considered for participation in the workshop, submit a draft paper of 4,500-6,500 using the abstract submission form for the International Conference, using the Individual Paper Presentation portion and choosing the option to be included in the papers to be reviewed for inclusion in the workshop. Click here to submit your paper proposal.


Submitted papers will be vetted and reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Adherence to the theme (25%) – Papers for the workshop need to fall within the broad themes of the international conference.
  • Originality and potential contribution (20%) – papers need to have a clear potential to contribute to the advancement of decolonial studies in the Philippines. The paper must also be the original work of the author. A plagiarism check will be conducted.
  • Conceptual/Theoretical rigor (20%) papers must demonstrate a sound theoretical/conceptual approach and engagement with the relevant literature.
  • Method and sources of data (20%) – papers must have a clear method and sources of data.
  • Clarity, style, and documentation (15%) – papers must be well-written and should follow basic conventions of grammar; as well as proper documentation and citation of sources.

Please note that the organizers will also take into account disciplinal training and background, gender balance, regional and institutional representation in the determination of the final list of participants.


Christopher Lamont is Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of International Relations at Tokyo International University. He has published widely on transitional justice, human rights, and research methods. He is the author of Research Methods in International Relations (2015), a second edition of this title will be forthcoming in 2021. His work on transitional justice and human rights has appeared in leading scholarly journals including the Journal of DemocracyGlobal PolicyInternational Journal of Human Rights, among others. He is also co-editor (with Arnaud Kurze) of Critical Spaces in Transitional Justice published by Indiana University Press in 2018, and Non-Western Visions of Democratization: Imagining Democracy after the Arab Spring (with Jan van der Harst and Frank Gaennsmantel), which was published by Routledge in 2015. His monograph, International Criminal Justice and the Politics of Compliance (Routledge/Ashgate 2010) explored the international and domestic politics of international criminal justice processes in the former Yugoslavia. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Glasgow (2008) and MSc in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh (2005) and a BA in International Studies from the University of Mississippi. Previously, Dr. Lamont was Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Groningen (2011-2018) and prior to that he was an R.C.U.K. postdoctoral fellow in the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster (2009-2011).

Marie Aubrey Villaceran is an assistant professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines (UP). She is currently the Deputy Director for Research and Publications at the UP Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Convenor of Decolonial Studies Program at the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies. She holds a PhD in Sociology from La Trobe University. She writes and handles courses on creative nonfiction and does research on gender and migration.

Syed Farid Alatas is Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. He is also appointed to the Department of Malay Studies at NUS and headed that department from 2007 till 2013. He lectured at the University of Malaya in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies prior to joining NUS. In the early 1990s, he was a Research Associate at the Women and Human Resource Studies Unit, Science University of Malaysia. Prof. Alatas has authored numerous books and articles, including Ibn Khaldun (Oxford University Press, 2013); Applying Ibn Khaldun: The Recovery of a Lost Tradition in Sociology (Routledge, 2014), and (with Vineeta Sinha) Sociological Theory Beyond the Canon (Palgrave, 2017) and “The State of Feminist Theory in Malaysia” in Maznah Mohamad & Wong Soak Koon, eds., Feminism: Malaysian Reflections and Experience (special issue of Kajian Malaysia: Journal of Malaysian Studies), 12, 1-2 (1994): 25-46. His areas of interest are the sociology of Islam, social theory, religion and reform, intra- and inter-religious dialogue, and the study of Orientalism.

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