The Distinguished Speakers of the 2nd PHISO Conference

PHISO is very honored to announce that the following prominent scholars are the confirmed speakers of the 2nd PHISO Conference on March 23-24, 2018, at the Ateneo de Davao University. This list is not yet final.

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ALAN CHONG is Associate Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He has published widely on the notion of soft power and the role of ideas in constructing the international relations of Singapore and Asia. His publications have appeared in The Pacific Review; International Relations of the Asia-Pacific; Asian Survey; East Asia: an International Quarterly; Politics, Religion and Ideology; the Review of International Studies; the Cambridge Review of International Affairs and Armed Forces and Society. He is also the author of Foreign Policy in Global Information Space: Actualizing Soft Power (Palgrave, 2007). He is currently working on several projects exploring the notion of ‘Asian international theory’. His interest in soft power has also led to inquiry into the sociological and philosophical foundations of international communication. In the latter area, he is currently working on a manuscript titled ‘The International Politics of Communication: Representing Community in a Globalizing World’. In tandem, he has pursued a fledgling interest in researching cyber security issues. He has frequently been interviewed in the Asian media and consulted in think-tank networks in the region.

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KELLY M. KADERA is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Iowa. She is the current editor of International Studies Review. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1995.  Her research uses dynamic models to understand international conflict processes.  She has published on topics such as war contagion, power relationships, global democratic peace, and democratic survival.  Her book, The Power-Conflict Story (University of Michigan Press, 2001), won the 2002 award for the Best Book in Conflict Processes from the American Political Science Association.

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ROMMEL A. CURAMING is the programme leader of Historical and International Studies and coordinator of Southeast Asian Studies program at the University of Brunei Darussalam. He obtained his PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from Australian National University, MA in Southeast Asian Studies from National University of Singapore, and MA in Asian Studies from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. His research interests are politics of knowledge production, state-intellectual relations, and Filipino Malayness. He is an editorial board member of South East Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal (UBD, Brunei Darussalam) and reviewed manuscripts for South East Asia Research (SOAS, U.K.), Journal of Social Transformation (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines), Southeast Asian Studies/ Tonan Ajia Kenkyu (Kyoto University), Asian Journal of Social Science (Brill), Kasarinlan Philippine Journal of Third World Studies (University of the Philippines), and Sojourn: Southeast Asian Journal of Social Issues (ISEAS, Singapore).

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TITUS C. CHEN is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Deputy Director of Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He earned his doctoral degree of Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, in 2008. His works have appeared in Asian Perspective, International Spectator, Journal of Contemporary China, Issues & Studies, Taiwanese Journal of Political Science (Chinese), and Journal of Social Sciences and Philosophy (Chinese).

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SHINE CHOI is Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand. She is also Associate Editor for International Feminist Journal of Politics. She received her BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Wellesley College; Masters in International Studies from Seoul National University; and PhD in Politics and International Studies from Queen’s University Belfast. Her research has focused on how an illiberal state like North Korea creates the international as a space of politics. She also studies visuality and aesthetics; IR theory; intercultural relations; postcolonial feminist theory; (post)conflict; human rights; and cultural diplomacy. Recent publications include North Korea in International Politics: Problems and Alternatives (Routledge, 2015); ‘Art of Losing (in) the International’ (Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 2017), and ‘Grey’ in Making Things International, Vol.2: Catalysts and Reactions (Minnesota University Press, 2016).

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JONATHAN T. CHOW is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Macau, where he teaches in the Department of Government and Public Administration. His research focuses on Southeast Asian regional politics, “pariah states”, constructivist international relations theory, and the transnational politics of religion. At the University of Macau, he teaches courses on international security, American foreign policy, and regional politics in East Asia. His work has been published in Pacific Affairs, the Australian Journal of International Affairs, the Review of International Political Economy, and Asian Survey. Prior to joining the University of Macau, Dr. Chow taught international relations at Amherst College (Massachusetts, USA) as a Loewenstein Fellow and a Five College Fellow. He has also been Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Reed College (Oregon, USA). He has also served as a Research Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies (Seoul, South Korea), a Visiting Fellow at the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies at Ateneo de Manila University (Manila, Philippines), and Project Director at the Berkeley APEC Study Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Chow holds dual B.A. degrees in Political Science (with highest honors) and Chinese from Williams College (Massachusetts, USA), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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I GEDE WAHYU WICAKSANA is a lecturer in International Relations in the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Airlangga in Surabaya, Indonesia. He has published on the developments of Indonesia’s foreign policy and international relations. His publications have appeared in Asian Journal of Political Science, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, The Pacific Review, International Journal of Indonesian Studies, and Human Rights and Peace in Southeast Asia Series.

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Schottli pic 4_3JIVANTA SCHOETTLI is Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. She currently works on India’s maritime policy including topics of governance, India’s engagement with East African states and Indian Ocean island states, as well as India’s domestic policies to stimulate its coastal economies and improve ports and related infrastructure. Her past work examines the interplay between domestic and international politics during the process of policy-making and implementation. Ideas, interests and institutions are all central to the process of identifying priorities, formulating an agenda and carrying it through. Currently, she is working on a co-authored book titled, Statecraft and Foreign Policy in India and has written a number of pieces on India’s foreign policy. Dr Jivanta received her PhD in Political Science from Heidelberg University in Germany where she was lecturer and, interim-Professor for Political Science at the South Asia Institute. Her doctoral thesis (summa cum laude), on policy-making and institution building under India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru was published with Routledge, London in 2012 under the title, Vision and Strategy in Indian Politics. She holds a Masters in Economic History and BSc in International Relations and History, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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RIKARD JALKEBRO is Teaching Fellow at the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He received his undergraduate degree in International Relations at the Peace and Development Research Institute of Gothenburg University in his native country Sweden and an Erasmus exchange at Dublin City University followed up with an MA in IR from Gothenburg University and an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University before conducting his doctoral studies at the University of St Andrews. He has been teaching at the School of IR since 2014. Rikard’s thesis focused on local conflicts and peace processes in the Philippines with particular reference to Mindanao and its problems with political dynasties manifested in family- and clan-based violence. He applied theoretical constructs used in the field of peace and conflict studies to understand better, and deal with, what is an under-examined conflict where much of the violence has been designated as terrorism. He receives regular invitations and to provide expert views in media outlets such as Al-Jazeera, Channel NewsAsia, SKY News, TRT World and tbs eFM Primetime.

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