The Decolonial Studies Research Network (DSRN) intends to link scholars, researchers, practitioners, teachers, and students interested in decolonial studies. The DSRN was formed on February 11, 2020 through the initiative of the members of the Decolonial Studies Program of the University of the Philippines’ Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS-DSP) and with close collaboration with the Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO). The UP CIDS Decolonial Studies Program was established on January 2019 through the initiative of Nassef Manabilang Adiong with the core members three months before its creation.
DSRN focuses on encouraging conversations about the forces of modernity and coloniality that continue to impact institutions in the Global South in ways that could hinder them from achieving their liberating potential. However, DSRN does not intend to limit itself to area studies and seeks to involve comparative cross-disciplinary analyses in various Global South regions, including critical engagements with Global North institutions. The network is open to scholars, students, and practitioners in any field of knowledge.
THE DSRN TEAM
MARIE AUBREY VILLACERAN
Marie Aubrey Villaceran is an assistant professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines (UP). She is currently the Deputy Director for Research and Publications at the UP Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Convenor of Decolonial Studies Program at the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies. She holds a PhD in Sociology from La Trobe University. She writes and handles courses on creative nonfiction and does research on gender and migration.
FRANCES ANTOINETTE CRUZ
Frances Antoinette Cruz is an assistant professor at the Department of European Languages, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman. Her key research areas are soft power, middle power states, and migration in the Middle East. She is Co-convenor of the Decolonial Studies Program of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies and currently serves as the President of the Philippine International Studies Organization.
NASSEF MANABILANG ADIONG
Nassef Manabilang Adiong is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort), PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization), and DSRN (Decolonial Studies Research Network). He is presently an associate professor at the UP Institute of Islamic Studies. Nassef works on theoretical research between Islam and International Relations (particularly, comparing Islamic governance with the nation-state system), and explores Muslim polities in Southeast Asia. His works are available at https://nassef.info/
Aaron Mallari is senior research associate for the Decolonial Studies Program at the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies. His research interests are on social and cultural history (crime and punishment), political and social theory, international studies, democracy and human rights, and Southeast Asian Studies.
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