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Dr. Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo

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Name
Dr. Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo
Status
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Email
rosa.castillo (at) hu-berlin.de

Seminar for Southeast Asian Studies

 

Office: Invalidenstraße 118, Room 102

 

Tel.: +49 30 2093-66030

E-Mail: rosa.castillo (at) hu-berlin.de

 

 



1. About

2. Research Interests

3. Teaching

4. Publications

5. Selected Invited Lectures

6. Selected Work Experiences

 

 

1. About


 

Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo is a sociocultural anthropologist and engaged scholar currently working as an Assistant Professor to the Chair of Southeast Asian History and Society at Humboldt University Berlin’s Institute for Asian and African Studies (HU-IAAW). She works on peace and conflict studies, with a particular focus on violence and subjectivity, othering, moral and ethical self-formation, affect and emotions, resistance, and solidarity in national and transnational contexts. She is also interested in and writes on Islam, state and religion, decoloniality, critical research ethics, and engaged scholarship. 

 

Rosa obtained her PhD in anthropology in 2017, with a summa cum laude distinction, at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Freie Universität Berlin. Her dissertation “Being and Becoming: Imagination, Memory, and Violence in the Southern Philippines” provides ethnographic insights into the lives of Moros, specifically Maguindanaon adherents of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), who have lived through violence and the liminality of uncertain peace in the Cotabato region. She explores the workings of imagination in the formation of subjectivities and in the (un)making of the Bangsamoro imagined community, by giving attention to imagination’s links with memory, temporality, emotions, and action. Through this lens, she examines the dialectical relationship between the individual and the collective, Muslim-Christian relations, modes of belonging, aspirations, resistance, peace, and future-making, the co-implication of past, present, and future in people’s subjectivities and in an imagined community, as well as acts of exclusion and violence. Other threads that run through this project are processes of (mis)recognition, the emergence and traction of violent othering, ethical self-formation, the everyday work of living side-by-side in the aftermath of conflict, and the re-imagining of "the other" as an ethical being. Rosa has published and given public lectures on various aspects of this work, which she is currently transforming into a book. 

 

Her doctoral research project was supervised by Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Dilger (Freie Universität Berlin), Prof. Dr. Vincent Houben (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), and Dr. Richard Baxstrom (University of Edinburgh). She was awarded a German Research Foundation Excellence Initiative scholarship through the BGSMCS from 2011 to 2015. 

 

Rosa is currently conducting researches on the transnational (dis)engagement of Filipinos in Europe with Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs" as well as on diasporic solidarity during the pandemic. She is also continuing her work on the southern Philippines on the new political entity Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. 

 

Rosa was born and raised in the Philippines where she finished her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology (magna cum laude) and Masters in Anthropology (excellent GWA) at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She previously conducted research on the life world of compressor fishers, indigenous peoples’ rights, and gender-based barriers to access to healthcare and medicine in India and China, among others. She also does engaged research for NGOs and communities. 

 

Prior to moving to Berlin for her PhD studies, Rosa was a lecturer, instructor, and assistant professor in anthropology at the University of the Philippines Diliman and Manila campuses from 2005 to 2011. At BGSMCS, she conducts mandatory workshops and seminars for PhD students about ethnographic fieldwork and qualitative research methods, including topics on research ethics and the politics of knowledge production. At HU-IAAW, Rosa teaches courses on Philippine history, culture, society, and politics. She also taught courses on the politics of memory in Southeast Asia, populism in the Philippines and beyond, as well as critical research methods such as ethnographic fieldwork and decolonizing research and methodology. 

 

In December 2014, she founded the Philippine Studies Series Berlin, a voluntarily run and internationally known platform for lectures, discussions, and art and film events regarding the Philippines, Filipina/o/x, and the diaspora.

 

She conceptualised and manages the project Advancing Philippines Studies at HU Berlin, which runs from June 2019 to December 2021. The project organizes academic events, provides honorarium for the Filipino/Tagalog language teacher and guest lecturers of Philippine studies courses at HU-IAAW, and improves the Philippine studies collection of the Institute's library. It is funded by a donation offered to the University through the Office of Senator Loren Legarda and the Philippine Embassy in Berlin. The project is implemented with full academic, strategic, and operational control by the University.

 

2. Research Interests


 

  • Peace and conflict studies
  • Subjectivity
  • Memory
  • Imagination
  • Anthropology of emotions
  • Anthropology of morality
  • Anthropology of ethics
  • Solidarity
  • Temporality
  • Transnationalism
  • Anthropology of Islam
  • Decoloniality
  • Engaged scholarship
  • Critical research ethics
  • Philippines
  • Southeast Asia

 

3. Teaching


 

 

 

 

4. Publications



Scholarly

 

Under review (submitted November 2020). "A politics and ethics of viewing photographs of Duterte's 'drug war,'" Akda: Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, and Performance. (article in journal)

 

November 2020. “Being young and Muslim in the Philippines: Changing the present, shaping the future.” In Rethinking Filipino Millennials: Alternative Perspectives on a Misunderstood Generation, Jayeel Cornelio, editor. Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. (book chapter)

 

Forthcoming 2020. "Becoming a tidtu a Muslim (a true Muslim): Religious and moral subjectivities caught between adat and the MILF Islamic revivalism." South East Asia Research. (article in journal)

 

In press. "The past, present, and future entangled: Memory-work as decolonial praxis." In The Decolonial Enactments of Community Psychology," Shose Kessi, Shahnaaz Suffla, and Mohammed Seedat, editors. Springer. (book chapter)

 

Under review (submitted April 2020). "Southeast Asian Artists and Academics Unsettling Borders, Power, and Authority Through Collaborative Works," with co-authors Kay Abaño, Bui Kim Dinh, Henry Tan, Ferdiansyah Thajib, and Clod Yambao, for the book Local Responses to Global Challenges in Southeast Asia - A Transregional Studies Reader, edited by Claudia Derichs, Andrea Fleschenberg, Sumrin Kalia, and Lina Knorr. (book chapter)

 

Under review (submitted February 2019), with Raffy Lerma, “Regime-made disaster in Metro Manila: Beyond an aesthetics reading of photographs of Duterte’s “drug war.” In The Ever Loyal City: Manila and Its Global Discontents, Robert G. Diaz, Martin Manalansan IV, and Rolando B. Tolentino, editors. Temple University Press. (book chapter)

 

November 2018. “Unpacking 'youth' and 'religiosity' in J. Cornelio's Being Catholic. Journal of World ChristianityVol. 8, No. 2. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/jworlchri.8.2.0165?seq=1 (article in journal)

 

July 2018. "Subverting 'formalised' ethics through mainstreaming critical research ethics and a responsive review process." Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, 26:3. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1469-8676.12526 (article in journal)

 

2017. Being and Becoming: Imagination, Memory, and Violence in the Southern Philippines [dissertation on microfilm]. [Berlin]: Freie Universität Berlin. 377 p.

 

2015. "The emotional, political, and analytical labor of engaged anthropology amidst violent political conflict." Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, Vol. 34(1).  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01459740.2014.960564 (article in journal)

 

2014. “Perspectives on truth, justice, reparation, and reconciliation in Central Mindanao.” InDealing with the Past in Mindanao: Perspectives and Entry Points for Transitional Justice, Domes, M. and Jaeger, D., editors. Davao City: ForumZFD.
Online - http://www.forumzfd.de/sites/default/files/downloads/forumZFD-Moving_Beyond_Towards_Transitional_Justice_Bangsamoro_Peace_Process.pdf (book chapter)

 

2013. Alvarez-Castillo, Fatima and Rosa Cordillera Castillo. "Gender-based Barriers to Access to Health Care and Medicine: The Case of India and China." In The Living Tree: Traditional Medicine and Public Health in China and India,  Chaturvedi, S., Ladikas, M. and Guo, L., editorsNew Delhi: The Academic Foundation and Research and Information System for Developing Countries. http://academicfoundation.org/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=173 (book chapter)

 

2009. Alvarez-Castillo, Fatima, Julie Marianne Lucas and Rosa Cordillera Castillo. “Gender and vulnerable populations in benefit sharing: an exploration of conceptual and contextual points.” Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 18:130-137. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=4429852 (article in journal)

 

2009. Castillo, Rosa Cordillera and Fatima Alvarez-Castillo. “The law is not enough: free and prior informed consent issues raised by the mining of Philippine indigenous peoples’ lands; with insights from the San-hoodia case.” In Indigenous Peoples, Consent and Benefit Sharing: Lessons from the San-Hoodia Case, Wynberg R, Vermeylen S, Chennels R. eds. South Africa: Springer. Pp. 271-284. http://www.springer.com/de/book/9789048131228?wt_mc=ThirdParty.SpringerLink.3.EPR653.About_eBook (book chapter)

 

2008. “The Tasaday twenty four years after: Insights on ethnicity and the rights framework.” AghamTao Journal(journal of the Anthropological Association of the Philippines), Vol. 17:75-83. (article in journal)

 

2006. with Erika Rey, "Social capital, morality and the politics of urbanidad: The case of sidewalk clearing operations in an urban space." AghamTao Journal(journal of the Anthropological Association of the Philippines), Vol. 15. (article in journal)

 

Professional
 

Stories and Voices from Southeast Asia: EuroSEAS 2019 Film Program. HU-IAAW Newsletter, Issue #6.

 

Mediated Politics and the Populist Political Style: Introduction to the Focus Section (guest editor). July 2019. IAAW Newsletter, Issue #5.

 

August 2018. “The Mamasapano clash, memories of violence, and the politics of Muslim belonging in the Philippines.” New Mandala, hosted by the Australian National University’s (ANU) Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. 

Online: http://www.newmandala.org/mamasapano-memories-muslim-belonging-philippines/

 

2011. "When fishing is no longer viable: Environmental change, unfair market relations and livelihood in a small fishing community in the Philippines.COMCAD Arbeitspapiere – Working Paper, No. 105, 2011. Online - https://www.unibielefeld.de/tdrc/ag_comcad/downloads/workingpaper_105_castillo.pdf (working paper)

 

2011. Gender-Based Inequities in Access to Medicines: The Case of India and China (with co-author Fatima Alvarez-Castillo), submitted to Innova-P2 Project, University of Central Lancashire. (research report)

 

2009. Automated Election System Policy Study(with co-author Center for People's Empowerment and Governance), submitted to the Dean’s Office, College of Law, University of the Philippines Diliman. (policy report)

 

2008. Protecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Research – Ati and Tagbanua Case Studies, submitted to the Commission on Higher Education of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines. (research report)

 

2006. Ethnography of Indigenous Molbog Communities in Bataraza and Balabac, Palawan, Philippines (with co-author Portia Villarante), submitted to SAMBILOG and Palawan NGO Network Inc. (research report)

 

News

 

January 19, 2019. "Bangsamoro hopes." Rappler. https://www.rappler.com/views/imho/221291-bangsamoro-plebiscite-hopes

 

February 14, 2015"Who do we condemn? Whose lives matter?" Rappler. http://www.rappler.com/views/imho/83885-mamasapano-lives-matter

 

Thesis

 

2009. There is No Other Livelihood: Negotiating Danger and Survival in the Life World of Compressor Fishers [masters thesis]. Quezon City: Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines Diliman. (MA thesis)

 

2003. Parabuso: A Glimpse at the Hazardous Occupation of Compressor Diving in Behia(with co-author Andrea Malaya Ragragio) [undergraduate thesis].  Quezon City: Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines Diliman (BA thesis

 

5. Selected Invited Lectures / Panel Presentations / Panels Convened


 

November 2020. Anti-Asian racism and the media during the pandemic, panelist, 8.Asientag

 

June 2020. Critical research ethics as decolonial praxis, lecture for the Negotiating Research Ethics and Critical Research Approaches in Volatile Contexts Lecture/Podcast Series, HU-IAAW

 

April 2020. The past, present, and future entangled: Memory-work as decolonial praxis, lecture, Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

 

November 2019. 'Moral Governance' and the Making of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, panel (invited), Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

 

September 2019. Panel convener, Muslim Belonging and Politics of Belonging in the Philippines, European Association for Southeast Asian Studies Conference (EuroSEAS), Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, September 10-13, 2019

 

September 2019. (Un)grievable lives and  the politics of Muslim belonging in the Philippinespanel, European Association for Southeast Asian Studies Conference (EuroSEAS), Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin

 

September 2019. Roundtable Discussion co-convener (with Kay Abano and Clod Yambao), Responding to Troubling Times: The Urgency of Collaborations Between Academics and Artists in Southeast Asia, European Association for Southeast Asian Studies Conference (EuroSEAS),  Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin

 

March 2019. The Politics and Ethics of Viewing Photographs of the “Drug War”, lecture, The College of Liberal Arts, De la Salle University Manila

 

March 2019. The Bangsamoro as Imagined Future, lecture, Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines Diliman

 

March 2019. Rumours, Intrigues, and Communal Violence in the late 1960s and 1970s Cotabato Region, lecture, Department of Sociology, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology

 

November 2018. “Human Rights in the Philippines,” panel discussion (invited) with Raffy Lerma and Kiri Dalena, 2018 Exground International Film Festival, Wiesbaden

 

November 2018. “Genres of Resistance: On Ethnography, Creativity, and Public Engagement,” roundtable discussion (invited), American Anthropological Association Conference, San Jose, convened by Erika Robb Larkins and Noah Theriault

 

November 2018. “What Knowledge? Whose Knowledge? Current Anthropological Knowledge Production in Switzerland,” plenary roundtable discussion (invited), Swiss Anthropological Association Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, convened by Olivia Killias and Zeynep Sariaslan

 

October 2018. The Politics and Ethics of Viewing Photographs of the Drug War, lecture,Philippine Ecumenical Conference, Bonn

 

March 2018. The Mamasapano Clash, Memories of Violence, and the Politics of Muslim Belonging in the Philippines, panel, Association for Asian Studies Conference, Washington D.C. 

 

March 2018. Panel co-convener (with Noah Theriault), Difference, Belonging, and the Politics of Memory at Southeast Asia’s Margins, Association for Asian Studies Conference, Washington D.C., March 22-25, 2018

 

March 2018. Inhabiting the Everyday through the Bangsamoro Imaginary: Insights from an Ethnography of Maguindanaons in the Cotabato Region,lecture,College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines-Manila

 

February 2018. The Will to Remember: Discoursing Massacres and Becoming a Mujahid,lecture,Mindanao State University-Marawi

 

February 2018. Emotions, Memories, and Imaginings of Violence: Insights from an Ethnography of Maguindanaons in the Cotabato Region, lecture, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology

 

December 2017. The Emotional, Political, and Analytical Labor of Engaged Anthropology Amidst Violent Political Conflict, lecture and article discussion, Bachelor’s seminar at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin

 

November 2017. Othering and Recognition: Muslim-Christian Relations in the Southern Philippines, University of Tromsø, Center for Peace Studies

 

November 2017. The Emotional, Political, and Analytical Labor of Engaged Anthropology Amidst Violent Political Conflict, lecture and article discussion, Berlin Graduation School Muslim Cultures and Societies - Critical Texts and Practices seminar for PhD students, Freie Universität Berlin

 

October 2017. Cultivating Ethical Consciousness and Disposition in Ethnographic Research, plenary panel (invited), German Anthropological Association Conference, Berlin

 

September 2017. The Tipping Point?: The Political Potential and Limits of Imagined Identification, Small Projects, Tromsø, Norway

 

June 2017. The Bangsamoro Collective Memory and Its Traction Among Non-elite Moro Islamic Liberation Front Adherents in the Southern Philippines, lecture, Emmy Noether Guest Lecture Series, Max Planck Institute-Halle

 

February 2017On Fellow-Feeling, Imagined Identification, and the Bangsamoro Imagined Community, University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters Bahaginan Research Forum

 

March 2017. The Past Present: Memory as Moral Discourse and Political Tool, panel (invited), Scholars for Humanity International Network workshop, University of the Philippines-Visayas

 

February 2017. On Fellow-Feeling, Imagined Identification, and the Bangsamoro Imagined Community,lecture, University of the Philippines-Diliman, College of Arts and Letters Bahaginan Research Forum

 

October 2016. Becoming a Tidtu a Muslim (True Muslim): Religious and Moral Subjectivities Caught Between Adat and the MILF Islamic Renewal, lecture, University of Heidelberg, Department of Anthropology Winter Colloquium

 

December 2015. The Emotional, Political, and Analytical Labor of Engaged Anthropology Amidst Violent Political Conflict, lecture and article discussion, Berlin Graduation School Muslim Cultures and Societies - Critical Texts and Practices seminar for PhD students, Freie Universität Berlin

 

October 2015. Inhabiting the Everyday through the Bangsamoro Imaginary, lecture, University of Luzerne Department of Anthropology, Conference on Philippine Studies

 

June 2015. The Emotional, Political, and Analytical Labor of Engaged Anthropology, lecture and article discussion, research colloquium, Institute of Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

 

May 2015. Becoming in the Bangsamoro: An Exploration of Imagination and Memory in Violent Contexts, lecture, University of Zurich Department of Anthropology Summer Lecture Series

 

May 2014. Perspectives on Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Reconciliation in Central Mindanao, lecture, Conversation on Perspectives in Reconciliation, ForumZFD, Davao City

 

November 2013. Discoursing Massacres and Becoming Mujahideen: An Ethnographic Research in Southern Philippines, lecture Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia (DORISEA) Winter Lecture Series, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute for Asian and African Studies

 

October 2013. Discoursing Massacres and Becoming Mujahideen: An Ethnographic Research in Southern Philippines, lecture, Columbia University Weatherhead East Asia Institute

 

6. Selected Work Experiences


 

Lecturer/mentor, Ethnographic Fieldwork: Methods, Positionality, Ethics, and Challenges and Post-field Conversations, intensive mandatory workshops for doctoral fellows, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universitaet Berlin (2015 to present)

 

Coordinator and co-curator, Film Program of the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies Conference (EuroSEAS), Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, September 10-13, 2019
 

Guest lecturer, Introduction to Philippine Studies,Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute for Asian and African Studies, summer semester 2017 and winter semester 2014-2015 


Researcher, Gender agenda of the Innova-P2 Project, an international team headed by the University of Central Lancashire; funded by the European Commission, November 2010-May 2011


Assistant Professor (rank I) of Anthropology, Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of the Philippines Manila, June 2009-October 2011 

 

Board member, Anthropological Association of the Philippines /Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao (UGAT), October 2007-October 2012

 

Researcher, Gender agenda of the Innova-P2 Project, an international team headed by the University of Central Lancashire; funded by the European Commission, November 2010-May 2011

 

Vice President for Luzon, Anthropological Association of the Philippines /Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao (UGAT), October 2010-October 2011

 

Conference Chair, 32ndUGAT Conference, Kalikhasan in Flux: Indigenous Peoples’ Creativity in a Changing Natural Environment, National Museum, funded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, October 2010

 

Secretariat Chair, 31stUGAT Conference The (Re)Making of Cities and its Consequences, Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro, October 2009

 

Research coordinator, Automated Election System 2010 Policy Study, Dean’s Office, College of Law and the Center for People’s Empowerment and Governance, University of the Philippines Diliman, May 2009-September 2009

 

Co-investigator, Protecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Research, funded by the Commission on Higher Education of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, 2007-2008

 

Researcher, Benefit Sharing for Human Genetics Research, an international team headed by the University of Central Lancashire; funded by the European Commission, November 2006-August 2009

 

Co-editor, AghamTao, Journal of Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao / Anthropological Association of the Philippines, Vol. 17 The Practice of Governance, 2008


Lecturer (rank II) of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines Diliman, November 2006-October 2007


Instructor (rank IV) of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines Diliman, November 2005-October 2006

 

Executive committee member, 28thUGAT conferenceThe Philippines Unbound: Anthropological Critiques of Globalization, Silliman University, Dumaguete City, October 2005-October 2006

 

Technical and research staff, Anthropology Watch, Inc., an NGO composed of anthropologists and geographers who work on indigenous peoples rights in the Philippines, November 2004-November 2005

 

Research and administrative assistant, Resilience of Communities and Health Systems during Conflict/Post-Conflict Situations: A Multi-Country Study, funded by the World Health Organization, involving the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Congo, South Africa, and Uganda, February 2005-2006