[Blueboard] An Invitation to a Research Forum on MOBILIZING SOCIAL SCIENCE KNOWLEDGE: Wed., 23 Sept. 2015, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Faura Audio-Visual Room

Institute of Philippine Culture [LS] ipc.soss at ateneo.edu
Wed Sep 23 08:30:51 PHT 2015


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*About the Forum*

A joint offering of the *Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC)* and the *SoSS
Research Cluster on Knowledge and Social Innovation* of the School of
Social Sciences (SOSS), this Research Forum interrogates how *Knowledge
Mobilization*—or the use of knowledge towards the achievement of goals—can
provide inputs for *policy formulation* and generate *social change and
development*. The three resource persons will be speaking on this theme
which is a specific interest of the SOSS Research Cluster on Knowledge and
Social Innovation, and based on research they have conducted under the
auspices of the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC).



*Abstracts of the Presentations*

*Mary Racelis’s* presentation is entitled *“Objectivity? Advocacy? Or Both?
The Case for Engaged Social Science Research”* (with a focus on Engaged or
Public Anthropology). Whereas early anthropological field researchers
mainly from Europe or the United States emphasized the principle of
objectivity or neutrality in the course of data gathering and analysis,
many social science researchers including anthropologists by the second
half of the twentieth century, however, began to question the norm of
professional detachment from their “subjects,” and became
scholar-practitioners committed to helping and taking sides with their
subject populations. This was a result of perceived negative effects of
global incursions on ordinary people—displacement, forced migration,
externally generated development programs, unrelenting market forces,
warfare, and even genocide—on families and communities. Examples of engaged
social science research in the Philippines as well as strategies for
sustaining activist scholarship with and for people will be discussed in
this presentation.

In his presentation entitled *“From Knowledge to Policy: Mobilizing Social
Science Knowledge in the Philippine Food Staples Self-Sufficiency
Program,”* *Michael
D. Pante* will be presenting the research highlights of a study he
conducted with *Michael B. Syson* and *Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu*. This study
is part of the IPC Merit Research Award (MRA) Program-supported research on
“Knowledge Mobilization/Ignorance Mobilization for Rural Development: How
the Social Sciences Influence Policy (and vice versa) in the Philippines”
of the SoSS Cluster on Knowledge and Social Innovation (convened by Dr.
Saloma-Akpedonu). The aforementioned research project presents a sample of
different quantitative methods to measure the impact of the social sciences
on a chosen state policy, the Food Self-Sufficiency Program (FSSP) of the
Department of Agriculture (DOA) of the Philippines. Each method used
reveals a different facet of the process behind the utilization of a wide
array of previously published social science research works (in the form of
books, journal articles, and the like) toward a specific policy-making
goal. Mr. Pante’s presentation of their study answers the following
questions: Which particular social scientists and social science works have
contributed the most to the crafting of the policy? Which particular
schools of thought are most prominent in the policy? Which particular
schools of thought have been excluded in policy making? The results of this
research reveal that particular networks of social scientists and their
respective schools of thought are given a privileged position in the
crafting of the FSSP. These findings challenge the assumed inclusiveness of
state policies that have a direct impact on grassroots communities.

In her presentation on *“Engaging Communities in Doing Child Friendly
Research,” Angela Desiree M. Aguirre* will draw on her vast experience in
doing IPC studies on child rights and the promotion of Child Friendly
Communities. In particular, her presentation will focus on the IPC
study *“Situational
Analysis for the Child Friendly Communities Program”* supported by the*
Intervida Philippine Foundation (IPF)*, and covering six partner
municipalities in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Albay, and Sorsogon. In
her presentation, Ms Aguirre will highlight how the conduct of the
situational analysis of the child friendly communities programs of these
municipalities was facilitated by the IPC’s research partnership with the
communities (barangays). In preparation for the site-specific situational
analysis reports, the IPC, under the directorship of Ms Aguirre, conducted
training on community research for the Barangay Appraisal Teams. The latter
served as the key data collectors at the community level, with the barangay
members themselves conducting the assessment sessions (focus group
discussions) with children, male and female adolescents, and parents. Ms
Aguirre will conclude her presentation with insights on how research
undertaken by the community members themselves impacts on programming for
Child Friendly Communities.



*Program *(moderated by Dr. Czarina A. Saloma-Akpedonu)



4:00 − 4:30 pm:   REGISTRATION



4:30 − 4:35 pm:   OPENING CEREMONIES

§  Philippine National Anthem

§  Welcome remarks (by Dr. Marita Castro Guevara, PhD, Director, Institute
of Philippine Culture)



4:35 – 4:40 pm:   INTRODUCTION OF THE SPEAKERS (by Dr. Czarina A.
Saloma-Akpedonu)



4:40 −  5:00 pm:  PRESENTATION BY PROF. MARY RACELIS

                          (“Objectivity? Advocacy? Or Both? The Case for
Engaged Social Science Research”)



5:00 – 5:20 pm:   PRESENTATION BY MICHAEL D. PANTE

  (“Mobilizing Social Science Knowledge in the Philippine Food Staples
Self-Sufficiency Program”)



5:20 – 5:40 pm:   PRESENTATION BY ANGELA DESIREE M. AGUIRRE

                          (“Engaging Communities in Doing Child Friendly
Research”)



5:40 – 6:00 pm:   OPEN FORUM



6:00 p.m.            END OF PROGRAM




*** *For inquiries or confirmation of your attendance, please contact the
Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) at*

 *(+63 2) 426-6001 ext. 4651 <%28%2B63%202%29%20426-6001%20ext.%204651>** loc.
213, or **(+63 2) 426 6067 <%28%2B63%202%29%20426%206067>** loc. 213; or
email us at to <**ipc.soss at ateneo.edu <ipc.soss at ateneo.edu>**>.*




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*Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC)*
School of Social Sciences
2/F Frank Lynch Hall, Social Development Complex
Ateneo de Manila University
Tel Nos.: (+63 2) 426-6001 ext. 4651 loc. 213; (+63 2) 426 6067 loc. 213

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