Dr Gonçalo SantosAssistant Professor
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Gonçalo SANTOS is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and the HK Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He was trained as an anthropologist at the London School of Economics and the ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon. His first single-authored book focuses on the history of anthropological knowledge and shows his interdisciplinary training in socio-cultural anthropology and social studies of science and technology. Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong, he was an LSE Fellow at the London School of Economics (2007-2011) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany (2011-2013).
Dr. Santos’ work on contemporary China explores new approaches to questions of modernity, subjectivity, and social and technological transformation. His second monograph – entitled Intimate Modernities. Reassembling Love, Marriage, and the Family in Rural South China 1970s-2010s – will soon be published by the University of Washington Press. This book draws on two decades of longitudinal multisited field research in Guangdong province to explore changes in everyday moral practices and technologies of marriage, family, and reproduction. The book proposes a new theoretical approach to global transformations in the realm of family and intimate life: the intimate choices approach.
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 two books that are widely used in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching: Chinese Kinship. Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives (Routledge, 2009) and Transforming Patriarchy. Chinese Families in the 21st Century (U of Washington Press, 2017). Dr. Santos is also the co-editor of a special issue on “Love, Marriage, and Intimate Citizenship in contemporary China and India” (Modern Asian Studies, 2016) and a forthcoming special issue on pregnancy, childbirth, and reproductive technologies in East Asia (Technology and Culture).
Dr. Santos is working on a new project on childbirth practices and technologies in contemporary China in the context of a research group on Technology, Gender, and Reproductive Labor in East Asia, co-convened with Jacob Eyferth (Chicago) and Suzanne Gottschang (Smith). Much of his current research focuses on everyday approaches to science, technology, and society in Asia.
Dr. Santos’ research has received grants and awards from well-known institutions such as American Council of Learned Societies, British Academy, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, HK Research Grants Council, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.
Family, Marriage, and Intimacy
Gender, Work, and Reproduction
Philanthropy, Humanitarianism, and Everyday Ethics
Social Studies of Science and Technology
History of Anthropology
China and East Asia
Technology, Gender, and Reproductive Labor in East Asia
Research Group, Co-Convenor, with J. Eyferth (Chicago) and S. Gottschang (Smith)
Women and Birth in Transition. The Politics and Ethics of Childbirth Medicalization in Reform China
Research Project, PI, with J. Zhang (City University HK)
Awarded fellowship from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Technology, Charity, and Humanitarian Aid in Contemporary China
Research Project, PI
Awarded RGC GRF Grant (2014–2018)
Awarded fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies
Sci-Tech Asia. Bringing Together Science, Technology, and Humanities in Asia
Outreach Project, Website and Research Network, Co-Founder
Since 2017, http://scitechasia.org
Making Modernity in East Asia. Technologies of Everyday Life, 19th century – early 21st century
Collaborative Research Project, Co-PI
Awarded RGC CRF Grant (2017-2020)
Convened by A. Leung (HKU), C. Daniels (HKUST), G. Santos (HKU) and N. Sharif (HKUST)
Culture and Common Good
Research Group, Member
Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues
Convened by B. Hsu (Georgetown)
Forthcoming. Intimate Modernities. Reassembling Love, Marriage, and the Family in Rural South China 1970s-2010s. Seattle, Washington: 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
Forthcoming. “Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Reproductive Technologies in East Asia 1800s-2000s.” Technology and Culture. [co-edited with S. Gottschang]
2016 “Love, Marriage, and Intimate Citizenship in contemporary China and India.” Modern Asian Studies Volume 50, Special Issue 4 [co-edited with H. Donner]
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 Civilizational 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 Stevan 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 Studies50 (4): 1123-1146. [co-authored with Henrike Donner]
2016 “On Intimate Choices and Troubles in rural South China.” Modern Asian Studies50 (4): 1298-1326.
2013 “Technologies of Ethical Imagination”In Charles Stafford (ed.) Ordinary Ethics in China Today. London: Berg (LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology Series), pp.194-221.
2012 “The Birth of Physical Anthropology in Late Imperial Portugal”. Current Anthropology53 (S5): S33-S45. (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): 477-502.
2011 “Fertility Decline in Rural China. A Comparative Analysis.” Journal of Family History 36 (1): 15-36. [co-authored with Stevan Harrell, Wang Yuesheng, Han Hua, and Zhou Yingying]
2010 “On ‘same-year siblings’ in rural South China.” In Amit Desai and Evan Killick (eds) The Ways of Friendship. Anthropological Perspectives. London: Berghahn Books, pp.20-45.
2010 “L’Agriculture ‘Traditionnelle’ Chinoise est-elle Verte et jusqu’où?” In Thierry Gaudin & Elie Faroult (eds) L’empreinte de la technique. Ethnotechnologie prospective (Cerisy 2-9 Juillet 2009). Paris: L’Harmattan, pp.117-39.
2009 “Rice Intimacies: Reflections on the ‘House’ in Upland Sulawesi and South China.” Archiv für Völkerkunde, 57-58: 37-64. [co-authored with Aurora Donzelli]
2009 “Introduction: Chinese Kinship Metamorphoses.” In Brandtstädter, Susanne and Gonçalo Santos (eds) Chinese Kinship. Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives. London and New York: Routledge, pp.1-26. [co-authored with Susanne Brandtstädter]
2009 “The ‘stove-family’ and the process of kinship in rural South China.” In Brandtstädter, Susanne, and Gonçalo Santos (eds) Chinese Kinship. Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives. London and New York: Routledge, pp.112-36.
2008 “On ‘same-year siblings’ in rural South China”. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 14 (3): 535-553.
2006 “Zhongguo fuxi zongzu yu yinger de renzhi (Chinese patriliny and infant cognition)”. Zhongguo Yanjiu (China Study), 3: 1-19. (Special Issue on Cognitive Anthropology)
2006 “The Anthropology of Chinese Kinship. A Critical Overview.” European Journal of East Asian Studies, 5 (2): 275-333.
2006 “Os ‘camponeses’ e o ‘imperador’. Reflexões etnográficas sobre orizicultura intensiva e estratificação social no Sudeste da China.” (The ‘peasants’ and the ‘emperor’. Reflections on intensive rice cultivation and social stratification in South China) Etnográfica, 10 (1): 41-70.