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:
State, military, social media surveillance
Brain drain, the balik scientist program
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com 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
Department of Anthropology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez
Department of History
University of California, Santa Cruz