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At exactly 7:09 this morning, I received this photo from the printing house…

…which means…


As the official book series of the Ateneo de Davao University International Studies Department, SANSINUKUBAN serves as a platform for students to publish original research articles primarily derived from their thesis and inspired by their Mindanao positionality. Aiming to foster vibrant scholarly dialogue among them and promote interdisciplinary approaches to critically analyze the intricacies and conundrums of our diverse and complex world, “Traversing Spatial and Ideational Frontiers” invites readers to open up academic space for voices in the margins, to reflect on Mindanawon positionalities, and challenge the artificial divide between the local and the international.

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Sansinukuban is a groundbreaking anthology that marks the maiden issue of the official book series by the International Studies Department of Ateneo de Davao University. This collection stands as a testament to the intellectual rigor and innovative spirit of its contributors, who are all students and scholars deeply rooted in their Mindanawon heritage. The book ambitiously seeks to transcend traditional academic boundaries by engaging with both spatial and ideational frontiers in the realm of International Studies.

In a world rife with societal upheavals, superpower rivalries, economic fluctuations, transnational migrations, inter-state conflicts, civil unrest, and environmental crises, Sansinukuban emerges as a beacon of critical scholarship. The term “sansinukuban,” which signifies the pursuit of universality, encapsulates the core mission of this volume: to challenge the Eurocentric paradigms that have long dominated the field of International Studies and to champion a more inclusive, diverse understanding of global affairs.

The editors of Sansinukuban eloquently articulate this vision in their introduction, urging a pivot towards a more universal perspective that honors the eclectic and often marginalized voices from the peripheries. They emphasize the necessity of interrogating the spatial and ideational contexts that shape our understanding of the “international” and advocate for a decolonial approach that elevates non-Western epistemologies and experiences.

This inaugural volume comprises meticulously researched studies that delve into a wide array of topics, reflecting the complex interplay between local and global dynamics. The chapters collectively underscore the importance of viewing International Studies through a diverse and multi-faceted lens.

The first chapter, “The Filipino Flavor Trail: Mapping the Components of Philippine Gastrodiplomacy, 2015-2022,” explores the strategic use of food as a tool for cultural diplomacy. The authors highlight how the Philippines has leveraged its rich culinary heritage to foster positive foreign relations and carve out a unique space in the international arena. This study underscores the transformative potential of gastrodiplomacy in shaping national identity and international perceptions.

In the second chapter, “A Hybrid Ballgame: Analyzing Philippine Basketball and Cultural Identity on the Hard Court of American Hegemony,” the authors examine how Filipinos have appropriated and adapted American basketball to reflect local narratives and values. This chapter illustrates the non-West’s agency in subverting and accommodating Western cultural influences, thereby reasserting their own identity and space in a globalized world.

The third chapter, “A Decolonial Study on the Sub-Regional Trade Integration of the BIMP-EAGA, 1994-2019,” addresses the enduring impact of colonial paradigms on regional economic integration efforts. The authors critique the Western-modeled approaches that have hindered the growth of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and propose alternative strategies grounded in local contexts and experiences.

The final chapter, “Unhappy Securitization: The U.S. Deportation ‘Regime’ During the Obama Administration,” deconstructs the immigrant deportation policies of the United States, shedding light on the complex politics of belonging and exclusion. The authors analyze how securitization efforts have shaped the lived realities of immigrants and interrogate the broader implications for international relations and human rights.

Through its diverse and thought-provoking contributions, Sansinukuban invites readers to engage with new perspectives and to rethink the traditional boundaries of International Studies. This volume not only enriches scholarly dialogue but also contributes to the ongoing project of decolonizing knowledge and fostering a more equitable and inclusive academic landscape.

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