Dr Gonçalo SantosAssistant Professor
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On Sabbatical Leave at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (September 2018 – January 2019)
Gonçalo SANTOS is a Joint Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong in 2013, he was an LSE Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2007-2011) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale (2011-2013). His work on contemporary China explores new approaches to questions of modernity, subjectivity, and social and technological transformation.
Dr. Santos’ research has featured in leading journals such as Current Anthropology, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Family History, and Technology and Culture (forthcoming). He is the co-editor of Chinese Kinship (Routledge, 2009) and Transforming Patriarchy (U of Washington Press, 2017). He is also the co-editor of “Love, Marriage, and Intimate Citizenship in contemporary China and India” (Modern Asian Studies, 2016). His second monograph – entitled Intimate Modernities. Reassembling Love, Marriage, and Family Life in Rural South China 1970s-2010s – is under contract with the University of Washington Press. It will be the first ethnography of a South Chinese rural community based on two decades of longitudinal research. His first monograph proposed an original account of the history of anthropology, racial science, and imperialism in Western Europe, reflecting his interdisciplinary training in socio-cultural anthropology and social studies of science and technology.
Dr. Santos’ research has received grants and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, British Academy, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, among other organizations.
Family, Marriage, and Intimacy
Gender, Work, and Reproduction
Philanthropy, Humanitarianism, and Everyday Ethics
Science and Technology Studies
History of Anthropology
China and East Asia
Working Group, with J. Eyferth (Chicago) and S. Gottschang (Smith)
“Technology, Gender, and Reproductive Labor in East Asia 1800s-2000s”
Collaborative Research Project, Co-PI
“Rethinking Modernity in East Asia. Technologies of Everyday Life, 19th century – early 21st century”
Awarded CRF Grant (2017-2020)
Research Project, PI, with J. Zhang (City University HK)
“Women and Birth in Transition. The Politics of Childbirth Medicalization in Reform China”
Awarded fellowship from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (2018-2019)
Research Project, PI
“Chinese Midwives under Socialism: An Oral History Project”
Awarded Hang Seng Grant (2016-2018)
Research Project, PI
“Technology, Charity, and Humanitarian Aid in Contemporary China”
Awarded GRF Grant (2014–2018)
Awarded fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (2017)
Since 2017 – Sci-Tech Asia Website
Under Contract. Intimate Modernities. Reassembling Love, Marriage, and Family Life in Rural South China 1970s-2010s. University of Washington Press.
2017 Transforming Patriarchy. Chinese Families in the 21st century. Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press. [co-edited with Stevan Harrell]
2009 Chinese Kinship. Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives. Abingdon, UK, and New York, NY: Routledge (Routledge Contemporary China Series) [co-edited with S. Brandtstädter]
2005 A Escola de Antropologia de Coimbra, 1885-1950. (The Anthropological School of Coimbra, 1885-1950) Lisbon: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, Pp.232.
Journal Special Issues
2016 “Love, Marriage, and Intimate Citizenship in contemporary China and India.” Modern Asian Studies Volume 50, Special Issue 4 [co-edited with H. Donner]
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Forthcoming. “Birthing Stories and Techno-Moral Change across Generations. Coping with Hospital Births and High-Tech Medicalization in rural South China, 1960s-2010s.” Technology and Culture
In Press. “21世纪中国家庭的权力构成形态. “男权家长制”作为一种分析框架 (Changing Power Configurations in 21st century Chinese Families. Using Patriarchy as an Analytical Category).” Zhongguo Xueshu 中国学术. [co-authored with S. Harrell]
2018 “Technological Choices and Modern Material Civilization. Reflections on Everyday Toilet Practices in rural South China.” In Anthropology and Civilisational Analysis.Edited by Johann Arnason and Chris Hann. New York: SUNY Press, pp. 259-80.
2017 “Love, Family, and Gender in 21st Century China.” In Socialism with Neoliberal Characteristics. Social Support and Kinship in China and Vietnam. Edited by Kirsten W. Endres and Chris Hann. Halle, Saale: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, pp. 31-35.
2017 “Introduction.”In Transforming Patriarchy. Chinese Families in the 21st century.Edited by Gonçalo Santos and Stevan Harrell. Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press, pp.3-36. [co-authored with S. Harrell]
2017 “Multiple Mothering and Labor Migration in rural South China.” In Transforming Patriarchy. Chinese Families in the 21st century.Edited by Gonçalo Santos and Stevan Harrell. Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press, pp.91-110.
2016 “Love, Marriage, and Intimate Citizenship in Contemporary China and India: An Introduction.” Modern Asian Studies 50 (4): pp.1123-1146 [co-authored with H. Donner]
2016 “On Intimate Choices and Troubles in rural South China.” Modern Asian Studies50 (4): pp.1298-1326.
2013 “Technologies of Ethical Imagination.” In Ordinary Ethics in China Today. Edited by Charles Stafford. London: Berg (LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology Series), pp.194-221.
2012 “The Birth of Physical Anthropology in Late Imperial Portugal.” Current Anthropology 53 (S5): S33-S45. (Special Issue: Wenner-Gren Symposium)
2011 “Rethinking the Green Revolution in South China. Technological materialities and human-environment relations.” East Asian Science, Technology, and Society 5 (4): pp.477-502.
2011 “Fertility decline in rural China. A Comparative Analysis.” Journal of Family History 36 (1): pp.15-36. [co-authored with S. Harrell, Wang Y., Han H., and Zhou Y.]
2010 “On ‘same-year siblings’ in rural South China.” In The Ways of Friendship. Anthropological Perspectives.Edited by Amit Desai and Evan Killick. London and New York: Berghahn Books, pp.20-45.
2010 “L’Agriculture Traditionnelle Chinoise est-elle Verte et jusqu’où?” In L’empreinte de la technique. Ethnotechnologie prospective (Cerisy 2-9 Juillet 2009). Edited by Thierry Gaudin and Elie Faroult. Paris: L’Harmattan, pp.117-39.
2009 “Introduction: Chinese kinship metamorphoses.” In Chinese Kinship. Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives. Edited by Susanne Brandtstädter and Gonçalo Santos. New York, NY: Routledge (Routledge Contemporary China Series), pp.1-26. [co-authored with S. Brandtstädter]
2009 “The ‘stove-family’ and the process of kinship in rural South China.” In Chinese Kinship. Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives. Edited by Susanne Brandtstädter and Gonçalo Santos. New York, NY: Routledge (Routledge Contemporary China Series), pp.112-36.
2009 “Rice Intimacies: Reflections on the ‘House’ in Upland Sulawesi and South China.” Archiv für Völkerkunde, 57-58: pp.37-64. [co-authored with A. Donzelli]
2008 “On ‘same-year siblings’ in rural South China”. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 14 (3): pp.535-553.
2006 “Zhongguo Fuxi Zongzu yu Yinger de Renzhi (Chinese Patriliny and Infant Cognition)”. Zhongguo Yanjiu (China Study) 3: pp.1-19. (Special Issue on Cognitive Anthropology)
2006 “The Anthropology of Chinese Kinship. A Critical Overview.” European Journal of East Asian Studies 5 (2): pp.275-333.