Room No. 1324
University of the Philippines – Diliman
Tel:+63 (2) 981-8500 loc 2114
Monica FA W Santos received her training in Anthropology at the University of the Philippines (MA Anthropology) and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (PhD Candidate), specializing in the Anthropology of Human Movement and Linguistic Anthropology. Her dissertation is about ballet dancing in the Philippines and how its practices and underlying ideologies are informed by cosmopolitanism and local colonial processes.
As part of her studies at UIUC, she learned Labanotation, a script for writing movement, eventually taking the advanced course at the Dance Notation Bureau at New York City. She has also trained in various performing arts traditions, including ballet dancing, Balinese gamelan and dance, and kulintang music.
She is a member of the Ugnayang Pang-Agham Tao (Anthropological Association of the Philippines), where she served as board secretary from 2005-2007. She currently serves as an editorial assistant for the Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement (JASHM), a position she has held since 2009. She continues to be involved in projects promoting different performing arts forms in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
PUBLICATIONS“Labanotation and the Study of Human Movement in Anthropology”Published in Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Fall 2015) “The Tagalog Body”Published in Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Spring 2015) “AwHui (Dance-Music) and Ethnic Identity among the Lahu Na Shehleh of Northern Thailand” (with Jacquetta Hill, Nannaphat Saenghong and Kate Grim-Feinberg),Published in Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Fall 2013) “When One Good Shot Is Not Enough: Writing Lahu Na Shehleh Dance with Labanotation”(with Jacquetta Hill, Nannaphat Saenghong and Kate Grim-Feinberg),Published in Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Fall 2013) “Book review of Dance and the Nation: Performance, Ritual, and Politics in Sri Linka” by Susan ReedPublished in Visual Anthropology (2013) “Film review of Riles” by Ditsi CarolinoPublished in The Loyola Schools Review: School of Social Sciences, Vol. 5 (2006) “Book review of What Place for Hunter-Gatherers in Millenium Three?”By Thomas Headland and Doris Blood (eds.)Published in Philippines Studies, Vol. 53, No.4 (2005) “The Ayta woman in servitude: an agent of socio-economic transformation in the resettlement “Published in the Philippine Sociological Review, Vol. 49, Nos.1-2 (2001)
RESEARCH PROJECTS (Primary Investigator)
Ayta Women in Servitude (A research grant awarded by the University Research Coordination Office, De La Salle University, Manila, December 2001)
Transacting Bridewealth: The Case of the Ayta in Loob-Bunga Resettlement in Botolan, Zambales (MA Thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines Diliman, April 2001)
Constructing Bikol Culture: The Ibalong Festival (with Kristine Layug and Magnolia Silvestre) (Undergraduate Thesis, Video Documentary, 52 minutes, April 1994)