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Public Lecture on Autonomy and Expectations: The Evolution of University Social Research Centers by Leland Joseph R. Dela Cruz

Narita EC de las Alas

The Third World Studies Center, in cooperation with the UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development and the Center for Integrative and Development Studies, present the public lecture on Autonomy and Expectations: The Evolution of University Social Research Centers by Prof. Leland Joseph R. Dela Cruz. In this lecture, Prof. Dela Cruz will present the findings of his study of nine university social research centers, namely, UP’s Center for Integrative and Development Studies; UP Diliman’s Third World Studies Center and Population Institute (UPPI); UP Los Baños’ Institute for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies; Ateneo de Manila University’s Institute of Philippine Culture; University of San Carlos’ Office of Population Studies; University of Santo Tomas’ Research Cluster for Cultural, Educational, and Social Issues; Xavier University’s Research Institute for Mindanao Culture; and De La Salle University’s Social Development Research Center.

The lecture will be held on 25 June 2013, Tuesday, 2:30-4:00 PM at the Third World Studies Center, Lower Ground Four, Palma Hall, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman.

Prof. Dela Cruz is currently the Director of the Development Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University and a doctoral student at the Department of Sociology, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy in UP Diliman.

More information about Prof. Dela Cruz’s lecture can be found here


Call for Papers: Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media and Society

Plaridel May 2013

Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media and Society

Call for Papers

Special Issue on Media, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Vol. 10 No.2. August 2013)
Plaridel seeks articles that examine emerging representations of gender and sexuality in both traditional and new media. Research-based papers, criticisms and essays with a feminist and SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) framework are welcome. Interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged.

Submissions may include but are not limited to the following specific areas:

  •      Representations of diasporic women
  •      Media portrayal of the I in LGBTQI
  •      Transgenderism on media
  •      LGBTQ communities online
  •     Changing notions of femininity in media texts
  •     Changing notions of masculinity in media texts
  •     Domesticity and advertising
  •     Queer texts

Manuscripts may be submitted via e-mail to

Special Issue on Media & the Diaspora (Vol. 11 No.1. February 2014)
No other nation arguably relies on remittances from its overseas citizens as much as the Philippines does. Initially intended as a stop-gap measure during the declining years of the Marcos regime (the same way it had worked for South Korea), the strategy of deploying local workers to take advantage of foreign employment opportunities transmuted into industrial-scale labor export, eventually becoming the country’s only viable means of production after the collapse of medium-scale industries brought about by neoliberal economic policies imposed by the International Monetary Fund in the wake of the late-1990s Asian financial crisis. Current World Bank data evince that although a few other countries (e.g. China or India) earn more from their own nationals who work overseas, these countries also support sizeable migrant-worker populations who in turn remit significant amounts of money to their home countries. Moreover, the income provided by these countries’ overseas workers enhances, rather than bolsters, their countries’ economic performance, in contrast with the Philippine situation.

The presence of diasporic Filipino communities in several countries all over the world constitutes a network of citizens with complicated and occasionally conflicted identities – nostalgic for home yet resentful at the reality that no feasible work opportunity can be found therein, setting up long-term familial arrangements in countries where they will remain alienated even from their own offspring, hoping for an end to a crisis condition as second-class citizens with the promise of betterment may lie in turning one’s back on a lifelong systems of beliefs and structure of feeling.

Plaridel invites media scholars to provide appraisals of media imaging, practice, and consumption among the Pinoy diaspora. Article proposals should be submitted electronically to the issue editor at <> no later than March 31, 2013. Any contribution will be acknowledged within 48 hours of receipt. Authors whose proposals are accepted should finalize their articles (maximum of 10,000 words including references and [a minimum of] notes, using APA style) on or before August 31, 2013, following a template to be provided by the editor. These articles will then undergo the standard process of blind peer review for academic journals.

Proposals should consist of no longer than a one-page submission, comprising the following: title of the submission; name(s) of the author(s); topic are of the submission; two or three keywords that describe the submission; mailing address(es) and e-mail address(es); and a single-paragraph description, no longer  than 150 words, of the prospective paper. For further inquiries, please contact the issue editor or Plaridel (email <>). The journal may accept a contribution in Filipino, but authors should be ready to provide or support the cost of a full professional translation in English.

Possible Topic Areas

  •     OFW images presented in media
  •     Early adoption of and adaptation to media: the “stateside” advantage
  •     Using the master’s tools: media as (anti-)crisis instruments
  •     Mediations of the imagined community: homes away from home
  •     Shrinking distances via social networking
  •     Overseas (non-Filipino) media practice in the Philippines
  •     Foreign media as a means of acculturation for diasporic populations
  •     Media outreach by embassies, non-government organizations, and/or host countries
  •     Letters to home: various means used by OFWs to correspond with the home country; also, issues that get raised in messages sent home


OVCRD Co-hosts Elsevier 2013 Workshop for Journal Editors

by Narita EC de las Alas

The UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD), in cooperation with Elsevier, held the Elsevier 2013 Workshop for Journal Editors last 24 April 2013 at the PhilStar Seminar Room 1, College of Mass Communication, UP Diliman. Dr. Wim Meester, Senior Product Manager of Scopus, was the workshop resource person.

The workshop acquainted the participants with the content coverage and journal selection process of Scopus. Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature maintained by Elsevier.

At present, there are 20,470 titles in the Scopus database, 95% of which are peer-reviewed journals. Overall, there are more than 50 million records (journal articles and other documents) in the Scopus database. Citation metrics are generated using the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) methodologies, which are different from the bibliometrics used by other citation databases. Dr. Meester emphasized, however, that bibliometricians agree that “there is no single bibliometric that can effectively capture the entire spectrum of research performance”.

Regarding Scopus’ journal selection process, Dr.Meester said that there are five minimum criteria that journals should satisfy before they can be endorsed to the Content Selection Advisory Board. These criteria are: 1) the journal should be peer reviewed; 2) its articles should have an abstract in English; 3) it should be published regularly; 4) all its references should be in Roman Script; and 5) it must have a publication ethics statement. Journals that meet these five criteria then undergo an evaluation process that involves an intensive examination of their editorial policy, content quality, citedness of articles and editorial board members, regularity of publication, and online availability.

On the average, about 47% of the journal titles submitted to Scopus for review pass the evaluation process. To date, there are only 26 Philippine journals indexed in Scopus. Only one of these – the OVCRD’s Humanities Diliman – is published by UP Diliman. The challenge, therefore, is to have more UP Diliman journals indexed in Scopus, as well as in other international citation databases.

Present during the workshop were editors/representatives of the following UP Diliman journals: Alipato, Asian Studies Journal, Daluyan, Humanities Diliman, Journal of English Studies and Comparative Literature, Journal of Urban and Regional Planning, Kasarinlan, Philippine Journal of Labor and Industrial Relations, Plaridel, Review of Women’s Studies, Science Diliman, and Social Science Diliman. Representatives from other UP Constituent Units were also present, namely, Dr. Vicente Y. Belizario, Jr., Vice-Chancellor for Research of UP Manila; Dr. Juliana Baylon, Executive Editor of the Philippine Journal of Natural Sciences (UP Visayas); Prof. Charmaine Carreon (UP Cebu); and Prof. Aura V. Lacaste and Ms. Joan Serrano (UP Open University). Dr. Antoinette Bass Hernandez, Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs of UP, also attended the event.

Dr. Meesterandparticipants

Dr.Wim Meester, the workshop resource person, is Scopus Senior Product Manager for the Academic and Government Markets Group and takes charge of the company’s content selection and content strategy

Group picture

Some of the workshop participants with Dr. Meester, RDUO-OVCRD Director Violeda Umali (center), Elsevier Customer Development Manager Lionel New of Elsevier (5th from left), and other representatives from Elsevier

April 2013 Program Research Assistant Hiring

april2013researchassisthiringClick here for the pdf version of the announcement

UP Researches on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, 2008-2011

Click the following link for the PDF on the UP Researches on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, 2008-2011 as compiled by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development:

Memo No. BMP 13-009: 2nd Year of Campaign to Assign RLC/CWLC to Faculty


bmp 13-009


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Memo No. BMP 13-008: Second Call for Creative Work/Research Proposals 2013


BMP 13-008

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UP Diliman Convocation 2: Report by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development

Click here for the PDF version of the Presentation entitled: UP Diliman Convocation 2: Report by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development

A Conversation with Benedict Anderson at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium

March112013GTToyotaBenedict Anderson, renowned and distinguished scholar of Southeast Asian studies, will be a guest at a special public forum on Monday,March 11, 2013, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, University of the Philippines Diliman.

Entitled  “A Conversation with Benedict Anderson,” the forum will be in the format of a panel interview to be conducted by four scholars from the University of the Philippines Diliman: Professor Eduardo Gonzalez, Asian Center; Professor Lily Rose Tope, Department of English and Comparative Literature; Associate Professor Ramon “Bomen” Guillermo, Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature; and Associate Professor Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes, Asian Center.

The event is organized by the U.P. Asian Center, in partnership with the Asian Politics & Policy journal (Wiley-Blackwell/PSO); the Asian Studies journal; the UP Department of English and Comparative Literature; the UP Department of Political Science; and the UP Third World Studies Center. The interview will subsequently be published in Asian Politics & Policy.

Benedict Richard O’Gorman Anderson is Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Government and Asian Studies at Cornell University. He is best known for his Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, which was first published in 1983 but has since undergone countless editions. It is a path-breaking and highly innovative work that has supplied one of the most popular and oft-quoted concepts in the academe and beyond. His other books include The Spectre of Comparisons (1998); Under Three Flags: Anarchism and the Anti-colonial Imagination (2007); and The Fate of Rural Hell: Asceticism and Desire in Buddhist Thailand (2012).

Admission is free and open to the public, but seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

The GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium is located on Magsaysay cor. Guerrero Sts., University of the Philippines Diliman. For inquiries, please contact Janus Nolasco or Kat Navallo at 981-8500 local 3586 or email

Memorandum No. BMP 13-004: OVPPF Annual Data Collection for Budget Evaluation and Planning


BMP 13-004

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