Routledge Virtual Book Launch: International Studies in the Philippines

Join us for a virtual book launch which will map horizons of non-Western approaches in Philippine experiences of International Relations.

About this Event

How can local experiences and the social transformation generated by modernity help to enrich our understanding of the international? What might a version of the much-discussed “non-Western International Relations (IR)” look like? What continuities and discontinuities from the Philippine experience in particular can be useful for understanding other post-colonial polities? The Philippines makes a fascinating case study of a medium-sized, developing, post-colonial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural state in Southeast Asia.

Program Outline:

Welcome remarks by Taylor & Francis representative

Opening remarks by Rommel A. Curaming (University of Brunei Darussalam)

Introduction by Nassef Manabilang Adiong (University of the Philippines Diliman)

Panel discussion chaired by Frances Antoinette Cruz (University of the Philippines-Diliman)

  • Alan Chong, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU, Singapore

Topic: José Rizal Attacks Imperialism Softly: Comprehending the Depths of Psychological Conversion and the Temptations of Violent Solutions

  • Archill Niña Faller-Capistrano, University of the Philippines Cebu

Topic: Sexploitative Human Trafficking In, Out and Beyond the Philippines: A Liquid Problem in a Cosmopolar International System

  • Amador IV Peleo, independent scholar

Topic: Conclusion – Small Statism and the Non-issue of IR in the Philippines


Closing remarks by Aigul Kulnazarova (Tama University, Japan)


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Successful registrants will receive a Microsoft Teams meeting link prior to the event.

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Nassef Manabilang Adiong

Nassef is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort), PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization), DSRN (Decolonial Studies Research Network), and BRLN (Bangsamoro Research and Legal Network). He works on interdisciplinary research between Islam and International Relations and explores the Bangsamoro society as he heads the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) of the Bangsamoro Parliament. Visit for more details.

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