[Blueboard] Deadline Today: 2nd School of Social Sciences Research Conference - Call for Papers

Office of the Dean [LS] dean.soss at ateneo.edu
Mon Feb 18 16:09:52 +08 2019

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*Can the Social Sciences Emancipate?*

*Exclusion, Entrenchment, and the Engaged Scholar*

*3-4 APRIL 2019*



Social scientists have extensively examined patterns and processes of
exclusion and entrenchment. Contemporary social, economic, and political
challenges magnify the nature and breadth of these patterns and processes.
As globalization expands, intensifies, and deepens, the extent of and ways
vulnerable groups suffer from systematic disenfranchisement,
marginalization, and persecution have become more palpable. The persistence
of global, national and local inequalities engendered by oppressive
colonial histories, the preponderance of corporate monopolies, and the
failure of states to consistently provide basic resources and services also
merits critical study. While building just and inclusive societies is a
cumbersome undertaking, the emergence of nonviolent movements, humanitarian
interventions, and peace processes that have attempted to empower
communities, reduce violence, and promote justice provides hope, and
demonstrates the capacity to question and contest dominant perspectives and
practices that alienate. Nonetheless, structural hindrances to such
interventions remain.

          The 2nd School of Social Sciences Research Conference intends to
focus on how scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers, journalists,
and activists of diverse social science backgrounds can and do contribute
to our understanding of exclusion and entrenchment as dual processes
operating simultaneously. It is informed by attempts to expand social
science paradigms and practices, one of the main objectives of the first
conference in April 2018. As a platform for engaged scholarship, the second
research conference also seeks to highlight how the social sciences can
assume an emancipatory and transformative character as they attempt in
varying ways to mitigate the effects, and dismantle structures of injustice
and inequality.


*Institutions, Inequalities, and the Philippine State*

Institutions are largely social artefacts—they are constructed through
social interactions between and among various actors. Norms, institutional
scripts and narratives are conjured for the sake of functionality, for the
purpose of survivability and in this regard, institutions are meant to
serve certain constituencies. Institutions thus are inherently political.

          This panel seeks to interrogate the discourse and practice of
institutions in the period of the archetypal ‘strong man regime’ that has
been antithetical to the liberal democratic narrative of the Philippine
State. As such, it aims to provide a platform for critical conversations on
populist authoritarianism, militarisation and securitisation of the
government bureaucracy, and local political warlordism elevating itself in
the national political arena and how all these have been implicated in the
transformation of institutions in the country. Of special interest is the
unraveling of institutional discourses and infrastructures that perpetuate,
justify, and legitimize various forms of injustices—in  other words,
injustices are what the State make of them.

*Cultures, Communities and Conditions at the Margins*

Understanding everyday life in the peripheries necessitates a nuanced and
critical appreciation of local cultures and conditions. These cultures and
conditions are often concealed, misrepresented, and misunderstood in view
of the propensity to privilege dominant narratives and perspectives that
overlook the diversity and plurality of backgrounds and experiences.
Glaringly neglected are the experiences and perspectives of groups
historically bereft of economic, social, and political capital due to
ethnicity, class, politics, and geography. Needing extensive scrutiny as
well are the ways these groups exercise their agency or the capacity to
assert, contest, complicate, and introduce actions and solutions to what
ails them or limits their capacities to realize their aspirations. This
panel examines the circumstances that promote and inhibit the creative
power and agentive capacity of vulnerable groups and communities, the
nature and scope of marginalization, and cultural and social barriers that
legitimize distinctions and disparities.

*Policy Dynamics, Dilemmas, and the Social Sciences*

The notion of social embeddedness in the social sciences prompts the view
that personal relations, kinship, stratification, knowledge, religion, and
state and government institutions as well as materiality and physical
environments inform the policy-making process. Successful policymaking and
implementation benefit from an understanding of the process of translation
of policies in everyday practices and the channeling of insights back to
policymakers. The perspectives of the social sciences are thus useful in
understanding how policies are diffused and domesticated at various levels
and in relation to existing norms, interests, and social practices which
might contradict or support such policies and regulations, and vice versa.
The twin-challenge for every social scientist is to be part of the
generation of data and ideas from across disciplines and cultures of
knowledge, and to effectively analyze and communicate not only evidence,
but also the evidence's embedding context. This panel welcomes papers that
raise questions on, among others, how public policies in the Philippines
are created, implemented, and domesticated amidst national and local
concerns, which may not always be aligned with each other; and role of
social scientists in closing the loop between policy and social reality.

*Mechanisms of Meaning-making, Systems of Communication*

Viewing society as made up of individuals interacting with one another in
socially meaningful ways is one of the most persuasive theoretical
approaches in the social sciences. People act on the basis of meanings,
which do not only reside in individual’s minds but which are communicated
through and in the social world. This panel seeks to examine the socially
meaningful world by bringing about a dialogue between the creation of
meanings and the communication of such meanings. Meanings are rooted in
particular contexts and filters of who, what, when, where, why, and how
affect the reading and understanding of messages by different audiences.
The panel welcomes papers that illuminate broad institutional patterns, be
they politics, economics, or religion, through micro-level processes and
connect large issues, be they social inequality, climate change, or
cyberbullying, to the everyday life-world. Of interest are papers that
examine the symbolic interactions between individuals, the social
construction of reality through objectifications of subjective processes,
the social world that exists in and through digital spaces, the diffusion
of ideas and meanings in various media, and emerging research areas on the
mobilization of data including algorithmic capitalism and data tracking.

*Quantities and Social Realities*

The social sciences frame questions about the way the social world is
ordered, and how different societies create, respond and adapt to concerns
such as poverty, inequality, corruption and poor governance, crime, and
environmental degradation. Many issues long within the purview of the
natural sciences, such as climate change and diseases, also require social
science understanding. While social science research has distinguished
itself for generating cutting edge qualitative methodologies, the
utilization of quantitative approaches across all social science
disciplines remains integral to their practice. This is an offshoot of
impressive infrastructure developments in data collection, storage,
processing, and analysis. This session intends to showcase the state of the
art in quantitative social science research—choice and behavior modeling,
cost-benefit analysis, longitudinal studies, data analytics, econometric
models, among others.

For further information about the conference, please visit our conference
website: sossrc.wordpress.com. You can download and accomplish the forms
via that website. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to
get in touch with us via sossresearchconference at gmail.com.

*For more information, follow ADMU School of Social Sciences
on Facebook and on Twitter (@Ateneo_SOSS).*

Office of the Dean
School of Social Sciences
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City

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Fax No.: 426 1277


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