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Call for Abstracts: Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints special issue on Science and Technology Studies (STS)

In the Philippines and its diaspora, our current political climates demonstrate the urgency with which we must expand Philippine STS, most especially with the growth of disinformation networks, science denial, and the deliberate extraction of labor through technoscientific industries. The special issue asks: How do Philippine case studies expand the horizon of STS? What theoretical opportunities emerge from empirical data that can then inform how STS is taught, deployed, and written about? What transpires at the intersection of queer, postcolonial, and/or feminist STS in the Philippines? How do artistic, creative, and coalitional possibilities respond to technoscientific institutions and problems?

The special issue is open to article-length essays from scholars, artists, thinkers, activists, and organizers who hail from and cross disciplines such as cultural studies, ethnic studies, American studies, modern languages, history, geography, anthropology, sociology, media and communication studies, visual studies, and STEM. The following topics are particularly of interest, though this is not an exhaustive list:


Postcolonial science

State, military, social media surveillance

Brain drain, the balik scientist program

Energy production

Interspecies investigations

Artificial intelligence, algorithmic presents and futures

Disinformation, journalism, mass media

Plantation agriculture, aquaculture

Indigenous knowledge, epistemologies, methods

Urban infrastructure, transportation, telecommunications

Transnational, diasporic STS, how Philippine STS moves

Science in practice, science as method

Systems of labor behind the production of science and technology


The special issue will be guest co-edited by Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza (Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez (History, University of California, Santa Cruz). Prospective manuscript contributors should submit approximately 250-word abstracts and brief author biographies in a combined Word Document. Please submit materials by January 8, 2021 to and with “Abstract Submission: [corresponding author(s) last name(s)]” [ex: Abstract Submission: Atienza and Gutierrez] in the subject heading.


Contributors will receive feedback by February 10, 2021. Contributors of accepted abstracts will be asked to submit manuscripts (approximately 5,000 words) by June 30, 2021.


For general inquiries, please contact:


Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza

Doctoral Candidate

Department of Anthropology

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez

Assistant Professor

Department of History

University of California, Santa Cruz