Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center, in partnership with the Consortium on Southeast Asian Studies (SEASIA) 2024 UP Conference Committee, will host a public lecture, “Critical Research Ethics as Decolonial Praxis” on 10 January 2024, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (GMT+8), at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center. The event is free and open to the public.


Using the keynote lecture by a white male political scientist at a Southeast Asian studies conference in Europe about the 2022 Philippine elections as an illustrative example of pervasive coloniality in academia, I discuss the urgency of confronting the embeddedness of knowledge production in imperial, colonial and patriarchal ideologies, practices and histories – and its complicities with oppression. I posit that crucial in this project is a critical paradigm of research ethics that is oriented towards rehumanisation and redistribution. Such research ethics is an integral part of decolonial praxis, which is the dynamic process of thought-action-reflection-action aimed at rehumanising the world, redistributing resources and producing counter-knowledges and counter-praxes. This ethics challenges and holds accountable Eurocentric and patriarchal ways of being, doing, thinking and relating in order to imagine and build alternative worlds, presents and futures.


Curator, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Dr. Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo is a sociocultural anthropologist, curator, and publicly engaged scholar. She is currently a substitute professor of public anthropology at the University of Bremen and formerly an interim professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s Institute for Asian and African Studies and curator at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Her interdisciplinary research and initiatives on social justice issues, resistance and solidarity, imagination and memory, and affect and healing are guided by critical, decolonial, indigenous, and feminist epistemologies and praxes. She also specializes in critical research ethics, alternative pedagogies, and community-engaged scholarship, as well as reaching broader publics through reflexive, multi-sensorial, multi-format, and research-based modes of learning.


The event is organized by the Consortium on Southeast Asian Studies (SEASIA) 2024 UP Conference Committee, UP Asian Center, UP Center for International Studies, and Department of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, UP Diliman.
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The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. It also offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. As an area studies institution, the Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website.