PhISO’s Post-Colonial Section at EISA

International Relations and the  Post-Colonial World: Exploring the Philippines, Asia, and Beyond

Over the past few decades postcolonial studies have risen to prominence in the field of international relations; however, it continues to struggle as a marginalized perspective. In late-1950s up to 1990s, few dominant reflexivist theories challenged the core arguments of mainstream IR theories citing relevant rapid changes occurring in the international system. One of the challengers was the ‘Dependency Theory’ that talked about paralleled and non-symbiotic relationship between rich and poor nations. The ‘World Systems Theory’ of Immanuel Wallerstein provided a comprehensive understanding of various manifestations and characterizations of the modernization process. The ‘Balance of Power’ analogy of the Cold War era was challenged by the creation of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1961, which was founded during the independence struggles of the Global South. Another challenger is the ‘postmodern international theory’ which can be dissociated from its corresponding literary, philosophical, and visual manifestations. Other reflexivist challengers include feminism, queer theory, green theory, and race theory that addressed how-to-do IR theorizing.
Emerging predominantly from postcolonial literature of South Asia, now is the time to explore the postcolonial world beyond these artificial borders. The Philippines and other postcolonial states are valuable sources not only of both historically marginalized as well as emerging postcolonial theorists but are rich areas of investigation in their own right. This section thus offers a theoretical and area-based approach to the postcolonial world. It further unpacks the concepts and practices of postcolonial international relations studies with the assistance of prominent and emerging scholars of and from the postcolonial world.
The Programme
TA24: Postcolonial Cases on the Philippines and the World at-large
Time: Thursday (08 September 2016), 9:00am – 10:45am
Chair: Julia Maria Linder, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Discussant: Philip James Sindingan Minoza, Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila
A feminist methodology for studying EU policies in the postcolonial world
Hanna L. Muehlenhoff
University of Tuebingen, Germany
Colonial entanglements: theorizing Philippine democracy within international relations
Carmina Yu Untalan
Osaka University, Japan
The Bangsamoro Question in the Philippines
Nassef Manabilang Adiong
Philippine International Studies Organization (PhISO), Philippines
The power of the Filipino Migrant worker
Kenji Kim Villadolid Sario
IBON International, Belgium
International Criminal Law as an Informal Empire: The Evidence”
Clare Frances Moran
Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom
TB24: Philippines in a Postcolonial World
Time: Thursday (08 September 2016), 11:15am – 1:00pm
Chair: Hadje Sadje, Far Eastern University Manila
Discussant: Wilfred Dominic Josue, Free University of Berlin
One-Dimensional Development: A Critical Discourse Analysis on the UN Development Goals in the fabric of Philippine Society
Philip James Sindingan Minoza
Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila, Philippines
U.S. Neocolonialism, Nuisances and Hybridity in Philippine Politics
Erickson Calata
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Philippines
Imagining Manila Galleons Today: (Neo-)Colonial History and the Prospects of Filipino-Latin American Relations
Konstantinas Andrijauskas
Vilnius University, Lithuania
Vatican’s Soft Power to the Philippines: A Comparison on the Philippine Public Issues during the Pontificates Of John Paul II and Benedict XVI
Brian Uy Doce
Jilin University
TC24: The International, Identity, Religion and Language in Postcolonialism
Time: Thursday (08 September 2016), 2:30pm – 4:15pm
Chair: Ariel Gonzalez Levaggi, Koç University
Discussant: Hadje Sadje, Far Eastern University Manila
The Postcolonial in Language Ideology: Exploring English as Vernacular in Philippine Legislation
Catherine Lourdes Dy
EMJD GEM PhD Program (Université Libre de Bruxelles & LUISS Guido Carli di Roma)
Aloha Policy of International Relations by First Head of State to Travel around the World
Kalaniakea Wilson
University of Hawaii Manoa, United States of America
Perpetual Contestation, Hybridity, and the Construction of the National Identity: The Ambivalent Patterns of the Interfaith Relations in Contemporary Indonesia
Hans Abdiel Harmakaputra
Boston College, United States of America
Unity in Diversity: The Indonesian Pancasila and Religious Policies in national and international perspective
Julia Maria Linder
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany
Badiou and Beyond: Jokowi’s Democracy and True Alternative to Capitalism
Fadlan Khaerul Anam
University of Indonesia, Indonesia
TD24: Postcolonial Views on Regionalism: APEC and ASEAN
Time: Thursday (08 September 2016), 4:45pm – 6:30pm
Chair: Catherine Lourdes Dy, EMJD GEM PhD Program (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Discussant: Kenji Kim Villadolid Sario, IBON International
Regional Organizations and Foreign Policy affinity: Findings from the Global South (1950-2004)
Ariel Gonzalez Levaggi
Koç University, Turkey
On Inter-regionalism: APEC and the Philippine Condition
Vincent Lubay Casil
1Lyceum of the Philippines, Philippines; 2City of Malabon University, Philippines; 3Philosophical Association of the Philippines
ASEAN Integration: A One Dimensional Analysis
Hadje Sadje
Philippine International Studies Organisation (PhISO)
Economic cooperation in uncertainty? The Story of Economic Cooperation between Germany and the Southeast Asian countries Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines thus far. A constructivist view
Wilfred Dominic Josue
Free University of Berlin, Germany
Neoliberal ‘Inclusion’: Gendered Political Economy & Poverty Reduction Strategy Framework in the ASEAN context
Raianne Kei Mata
La Trobe University, Australia
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