Academic Staff

      Gonçalo D. Santos

      GONÇALO D. SANTOS 江紹龍

      Assistant Professor, PhD in Anthropology

      Overview

      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 at 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 (2011 – 2013).

      Dr. Santos’ work on contemporary China explores new approaches to questions of modernity, moral 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 technologies of birth 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). 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, among others.

      Contact

      Address: Room 210, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
      Tel: (852) 3917-8113
      Fax: (852) 2559-6143
      Email: santos@hku.hk

      Research Interests

      Family, Marriage, and Intimacy
      Gender, Work, and Reproduction
      Moral Subjectivity and Modern Transformations
      Science and Technology Studies
      History of Anthropology
      China and East Asia

      Research Projects

      Technology, Gender, and Reproduction in East Asia

      Research Group, Co-Convenor, with Jacob Eyferth (Chicago) and Suzanne Gottschang (Smith)
      Since 2016/2017

      Women and Birth in Transition. The Morality 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
      RGC GRF Grant (2014 – 2018)
      Awarded fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies

      Making Modernity in East Asia. Technologies of Everyday Life, 19th century – early 21st century

      Collaborative Research Project, Co-PI
      RGC CRF Grant (2017 – 2020),
      Convened by Angela Leung (HKU), Christian Daniels (HKUST), Gonçalo Santos (HKU), and Naubahar Sharif (HKUST)

      Culture and Common Good

      Research Group, Member
      Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues
      Convened by Becky Hsu (Georgetown)
      Since 2018

      OUTREACH PROJECTS

      Sci-Tech Asia
      Website and Research Network, Co-Founder
      Bringing Together Science, Technology, and Humanities in Asia
      Since 2017

      Selected Publications

      Books

      Forthcoming. Intimate Modernities. Reassembling Love, Marriage, and the Family in Rural South China 1970s-2010s. Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press.

      Transforming Patriarchy. Chinese Families in the Twenty-First Century

      2017. Transforming Patriarchy: Chinese Families in the 21st century. Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press. [co-edited with Stevan Harrell]

      Chinese Kinship: Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives

      2009. Chinese Kinship: Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives. London & New York: Routledge, Pp. 256. [co-edited with Susanne Brandtstädter]

      A Escola De Antropologia De Coimbra, 1885-1950

      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]

      Special Issue: “Love, Marriage, and Intimate Citizenship in Contemporary China and India”, Modern Asian Studies

      2016. “Love, Marriage, and Intimate Citizenship in Contemporary China and India.” Modern Asian Studies Volume 50, Special Issue 04 [co-edited with Henrike 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

      2019. “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.

      Teaching

      Undergraduate Courses

      SOCI1003 Introduction to Anthropology
      SOCI2021 Marriage and the Family
      SOCI2027 Politics and Society

      Graduate Seminars

      IHSS6002 Directed Readings on East Asian Societies and Cultures
      IHSS6003 Research Seminar on East Asian Medicine, Science, and Technology
      IHSS6004 Advanced Ethnography and Field Research Methods

      Common Core Courses

      CCGL9051 Technology, Power, and Culture in the Global Age (Coordinator)
      CCCH9020 China: Science and Technology: Lessons from China (Guest Lecturer)

      Student Supervision

      Primary Supervisor

      Hua Shuo
      PhD Dissertation: A Return to Nationalistic Art Tradition? — “Experimental Chinese Ink” and its Market (1996 – 2016)
      (Expected Date of Completion: 2019)

      Rao Yichen
      PhD Dissertation: Trusting Strangers with Big Data: Credit, Morality and Power on China’s P2P Lending Platforms
      (Expected Date of Completion: 2021)

      Tian Jingyi
      MPhil Dissertation: Redefining “Self” through Martial Arts. Ethics, Moral Bodies, and Social Status in Transnational Kendo Networks in Hong Kong
      (Completed in 2019)

      Xie Xin
      MPhil Dissertation: Pilgrimage to Prosperity: Business Trajectories and Networking Strategies of sub-Saharan African Women Traders in Guangzhou
      (Completed in 2017)

      Jack Linzhou Xing
      MPhil Dissertation: Technology Choice of Taxi Drivers under E-hailing: Conventional Occupation Group under the Pressure of Sharing Economy and Post-Fordism
      (Expected Date of Completion: 2019)

      James Wright
      PhD Dissertation: Technowelfare in Japan: Personal care robots and temporalities of care
      (Completed in 2018)

      Zhong Yishan
      MPhil Dissertation: Mothering with Mobile Communication Technologies in Urban China
      (Completed in 2019)

      Co-Supervisor

      Anna Iskra
      PhD Dissertation: Healing the Nation through self-discovery: Body-Heart-Soul fever and the emergence of Homo Sentimentalis in the PRC
      (Expected Date of Completion: 2019)

      Fabian Winiger
      PhD Dissertation: The Transnational Transmission and Innovation of East Asian Techniques of Body-Cultivation
      (Completed in 2018)

      LAST UPDATED 24 May 2019