Lecture on Evolution of University Social Research Centers


January 19, 2011


In celebration of the School of Social Sciences Week and the 50th Anniversary of IPC, everyone is cordially invited to a lecture on Autonomy and Expectations: The Evolution of University Social Research Centers by Leland Joseph R. Dela Cruz, Director of the Ateneno Development Studies Program on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 4:30 to 6:00pm at the IPC Conference Room, Room 203, Frank Lynch Hall, Social Development Complex.


Philippine University Social Research Centers first emerged in the 1950s and some of these centers became well-known for their research. One gets the sense, however, that for most of these centers, their best years are behind them. This study examines the evolution of nine of these university social research centers, including the Institute of Philippine Culture which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The study argues that the evolution of various university social research centers can be understood as the problem of maintaining autonomy amidst oftentimes incongruent and unstable expectations. These include expectations of the host universities (as well as expectations by the centers of the host universities), expectations from funding agencies, and even expectations of people within the centers themselves. The study demonstrates that centers that are better able to manage various expectations find themselves in a much less vulnerable position than other centers.

For inquiries and confirmation of attendance, please call local 4651 or e-mail ipc@admu.edu.ph.