Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

Watch the recording of the webinar, “Decolonizing International Relations: Conversations on Asian (Non-Western) Connections" on 13 August 2021, 2 pm–5 pm, Philippine Standard Time. The webinar is free and open to the public, but participation requires signing in to a basic (free) Zoom account.
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The webinar will feature the following presentations:

Re-storying Global Relations

This presentation by Dr. Quỳnh N. Phạm will discuss the need to re-story global relations, with regard to questions on “Non-Western International Relations Theory” and the ongoing politics of decolonization.
Quỳnh N. Phạm is Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her research focuses on colonialism, forms of violence, feminisms, and politics of decolonization. She is co-editor of Meanings of Bandung: Postcolonial Orders and Decolonial Visions (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016) with Robbie Shilliam. Some of her other publications include “A Conversation on Art, Epistemic Violence, and Refusal,” coauthored with Linh Tường Đỗ, in International Feminist Journal of Politics (2019); “Decolonial Designs: José Martí, Hồ Chí Minh, and Global Entanglements,” coauthored with María Jóse Méndez, in Alternatives (2015); “Enduring Bonds: Politics and Life Outside Freedom as Autonomy,” Alternatives (2013); and “Colonial Wars, Postcolonial Specters: The Anxiety of Domination,” coauthored with Himadeep Muppidi, in Orientalism and War (Columbia University Press, 2012).

Interrogating and Decolonizing International Relations/International Relations Theory

This presentation provides a historical discussion covering the Celestial kingdom, Bandung/non-alignment/Tricontinental; Mao’s Three Worlds Theory; Socialism with Chinese characteristics; Belt and Road Initiative; and BRICs (and all its variants). It also touches on an essential question raised by Western IR theorists—Is there a non-Western IRT—and inquires, “Can the ongoing new Cold War between frenemies China and US (IR qua IR) suggest the robust emergence of a non-Western and de-colononized IR/IRT?”
Dr. Amado Mendoza, Jr. is a retired Professor of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

About the Webinar

The critique of Eurocentrism in international relations theorizing has led to a number of proposals for the review of Western IR Theory and for laying the bases for non-Western counterparts. While Western IRT may still be conceded to be a dominant paradigm in the age of globalization and its discontents, there have been serious scholarship and discourses on the said topic seeking to contribute better understanding of the actually existing relations among nations and other actors.
The proposed webinar is an attempt to familiarize IR students, advocates, enthusiasts and policymakers, among others with the ongoing exchanges on non-Western IRT and to draw insights and lessons where such enterprise may intersect, if at all, with area studies (howsoever conceived) and related themes involving global and regional politics and relations.

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The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D.  program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here