GONÇALO D. SANTOS 江紹龍
Assistant Professor, PhD in Anthropology
Gonçalo SANTOS is an 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 in Anthropology 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-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 proposes 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
Address: Room 210, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3917-8113
Fax: (852) 2559-6143
Under Contract. Intimate Modernities. Reassembling Love, Marriage, and Family Life in Rural South China 1970s-2010s. Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press.
Journal Special Issues
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世紀中國家庭的權力構成形態. “男權家長制”作為一種分析框架 (Changing Power Configurations in 21st Century Chinese Families: Using Patriarchy as an Analytical Category).” Zhongguo Xueshu 中國學術. [co-authored with Stevan 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 Kirsten W. Endres and Chris Hann (eds.), Socialism with Neoliberal Characteristics: Social Support and Kinship in China and Vietnam. Halle, Saale, Germany: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.
2017 “Introduction.” In Gonçalo Santos and Stevan Harrell (eds.) Transforming Patriarchy. Chinese Families in the 21st century. Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press. [co-authored with Stevan Harrell]
2017 “Multiple Mothering and Labor Migration in Rural South China” In Gonçalo Santos and Stevan Harrell (eds.) Transforming Patriarchy: Chinese Families in the 21st century. Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press.
2016 “Love, Marriage, and Intimate Citizenship in Contemporary China and India: An Introduction.” Modern Asian Studies 50 (4): 1123-1146. [co-authored with Henrike Donner]
2016 “On Intimate Choices and Troubles in Rural South China.” Modern Asian Studies 50 (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).
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: An Interdisciplinary Journal 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 Southeastern China) Etnográfica, 10 (1): 41-70.
2017 – 2020 – CRF Grant, Collaborative Research Project, Co-PI
Title: Making Modernity in East Asia: Technologies of Everyday Life, 19th – 21st centuries
Project funded by Research Grants Council, Hong Kong
Awarded HKD 6,626,216
2016 – 2018 - Hang Seng Grant, Individual Research Project, PI
Title: Chinese Midwives under Socialism: An Oral History Project
Individual Research Project funded by Hang Seng Bank Golden Jubilee Education Fund for Research, HKU
Awarded HKD 40,000
2015 – 2016 - Seed-Funding Grant, Individual Research Project, PI
Title: Intimate Modernities. Love, Money, and Everyday Ethics in Rural South China, 1976 – 2015
Project funded by Seed-Funding Program, The University of Hong Kong
Awarded HKD 35,400
2015 – 2017 - GRF Grant, Individual Research Project, PI
Title: Technology, Charitable Benefaction, and Humanitarian Aid in Contemporary China
Project funded by Research Grants Council, Hong Kong
Awarded HKD 424,340
Awarded Workshop Grant from the American Council of Learned Societies
“Technology, Gender, and Reproduction in East Asia 1800s-2000s”
Working Group, with J. Eyferth (Chicago) and S. Gottschang (Smith)
“Rethinking Modernity in East Asia. Technologies of Everyday Life, 19th century – early 21st century”
Collaborative Research Project, Co-PI, CRF Grant (2017 – 2020)
“Women and Birth in Transition. The Politics 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
“Chinese Midwives under Socialism: An Oral History Project”
Research Project, PI, Hang Seng Grant (2016 – 2018)
“Technology, Charity, and Humanitarian Aid in Contemporary China”
Research Project, PI, GRF Grant (2014 – 2018)
Awarded fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies
SOCI 1003 Introduction to Anthropology
SOCI 2021 Marriage and the Family
SOCI 2027 Politics and Society
IHSS 6002 Directed Readings in East Asian Societies and Cultures
IHSS 6004 Advanced Ethnography and Field Research Methods
IHSS 6003 Techno-cultures: An Introduction to STS
Common Core Courses
PhD Project: A Return to Nationalistic Art Tradition? — “Experimental Chinese Ink” and its Market (1996 – 2016)
PhD Project: Crush by design: Dating coaches and “seduction industry” in China
MPhil Project: Redefining “Self” through Martial Arts. Ethics, Moral Bodies, and Social Status in Transnational Kendo Networks in Hong Kong
PhD Project: Technowelfare in Japan: Personal care robots and temporalities of care
(Completed in 2018)
MPhil Project: Pilgrimaging towards Prosperity: Sub-Saharan Female Traders and New Gender Spaces in Afro-China Transnational Globalization
(Completed in 2017)
MPhil Project: Technology Choice of Taxi Drivers under E-hailing in China
MPhil Project: Digital communication and intensive mothering in urban China