I joined Brookes in September 2018. Prior to this, I worked at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. I have been a visiting fellow or scholar at Oxford University, Sheffield University, University of Bath, University of Hawaii Manoa, and Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin.
Teaching and supervision
- U26102 Foundations of Social Theory (Module Lead)
- U26152 Sociology of Work (Module Lead)
- U26174 Sociology of Migration (Module Lead)
- U26180 Theorising Society (Module Lead)
My research engages two broad themes. The first focuses on the intersections among gender, family and migration and examines:
- International labour migration and subjectification especially among women who stay behind
- exploitation, young men and seafaring labour in the global maritime industry
- social adulthood, intergenerational contract and international labour migration
- youth unemployment, education-to-work transition and seafaring labour
The second theme focuses on social memory and authoritarian regimes. My work has examined:
- narrative and the politics of remembering/forgetting the Marcos military regime
- writers, ethnicity and collaboration
Research grants and awards
1. Cartographies of Emotional Othering: A Scoping Study for Research on Migration and Emotion
Freie Universitaet Berlin Research Alumni Program
2. Working for Work: Temporality, Unemployment, and Young Filipino Men’s Navigation of Uncertain Futures
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft/German Research Council (DFG)
3. Precarity and Biography: Filipino Seafarers and their Families in a Globalized Maritime Industry
Postdoctoral International Fellowship, FU Berlin (funding from Marie Curie Foundation and Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft/German Research Council (DFG))
4. Children of Migration: Left-Behind Children, International Labour Migration and Children’s/Youth Literature
International Youth Library, Munich (funding from German Foreign Ministry)
5. Gender, Subjectivity, and Agency of Filipino Seamen’s Wives
Cardiff University, UK (full PhD scholarship from Nippon Foundation)
85,000 sterling pounds
- Cartographies of Emotional Othering: A Scoping Study for Research on Migration and Emotion
- From Healthcare Worker to Healthcare Organisation Executive
Galam R, 'Utility Manning: Young Filipino Men, Servitude and the Moral Economy of Becoming a Seafarer and Attaining Adulthood'
Work, Employment and Society 33 (4) (2018) pp.580-595
ISSN: 0950-0170 eISSN: 1469-8722Abstract Published here
Galam R, 'An exercise in futurity: servitude as pathway to young Filipino men’s education- to-work transition'
Journal of Youth Studies 21 (8) (2018) pp.1045-1060
ISSN: 1367-6261 eISSN: 1469-9680Abstract Published here
Galam R, '‘Cultural Vacuity’ and Filipino Behaviour'
Sabangan 3 (1) (2017) pp.107-118
Galam R, 'Women ‘like parched earth in need of rain’ and who relax by working: gossip and the surveillance of Filipino seafarer wives’ morality and mobility'
Mobilities 12 (6) (2017) pp.861-874
ISSN: 1745-0101 eISSN: 1745-011XAbstract Published here
Galam R, 'Relational autonomy: Kinship and daughters-in- law negotiating affinity with their mothers-in-law'
Families, Relationships and Societies 6 (3) (2017) pp.357-373
ISSN: 2046-7435 eISSN: 2046-7443Abstract Published here
Galam R, 'Gender, Reflexivity, and Positionality in Male Research in One's Own Community With Filipino Seafarers' Wives'
Forum: Qualitative Social Research 16 (3) (2015)
ISSN: 1438-5627Abstract Published here
Galam R, 'Through the prism of seamen’s left-behind wives: Imagination and the culture of migration in Ilocos,
Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 24 (2) (2015) pp.137-159
Abstract Published here
Galam R, 'Communication and Filipino Seamen’s Wives: Imagined Communion and the Intimacy of Absence'
Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 60 (2) (2012) pp.223-260
Abstract Published here
Galam R, '(En)Countering Martial Law: Rhythmanalysis, Urban Experience in Metro Manila, and Ilokano Literature (1980-1984)'
Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 58 (4) (2010) pp.481-522
ISSN: 2244-1093 eISSN: 2244-1638Abstract Published here
Galam R, 'Narrating the Dictator(ship): Social Memory, Marcos, and Ilokano Literature after the 1986 Revolution'
Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 56 (2) (2008)
Galam R, 'Gabriela Silang, the Alsa Masa of 1763, and the Struggle for a Filipino Nation'
Philippine Humanities Review 6 (2003) pp.26-43
Galam R, ''We Wanted Justice and Got the Rule of Law’: Literary Representations of the State, Social Justice and the Rule of Law'
Philippine Law Journal (2003)
Galam R, 'Defending a Place in the Nation: Gender, Class, and State Oppression in Gil-ayab ti Daga'
Humanities Diliman 2 (1) (2001) pp.69-105
ISSN: 1655-1532Abstract Published here
Galam R, 'Re-membering Women into the Nation: Discourses of Gender, Nation, and Nationalism in the Poetry of Hermilinda Lingbaoan-Bulong'
Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies 16 (1) (2001) pp.31-70
ISSN: 0116-0923 eISSN: 2012-080XAbstract Published here
Memberships of professional bodies
- European Sociological Association
- Research Networks: Sociology of Migration; Sociology of Families and Intimate
- Lives; Sociology of Emotions; Sociology of Youth and Generation
- British Sociological Association
- Association of Southeast Asian Studies UK
- ‘Working for Work: Unemployment, Seafaring, and Young Filipino Men Securing Their Future through Servitude.’ Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Colloquium “Moving Forward – The UK-German Research Network in a Changing World.” Oxford University. 15-17 March 2018.
- ‘Open Secret: The Exploitation of Young Filipino Men Aspiring to be Seafarers and Its Enabling Conditions and Structures’. XXIV Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) World Congress. Kaohsiung, Taiwan. 1-7 October 2017. (invited)
- ‘Utility Manning: Manufacturing Docility and the Moral Economy of Servitude.’ International Christian Maritime Association. Manila. 27 September 2016. (invited)
Invited Presentations: Lecture Series
- ‘Utility Manning: Young Filipino Men, Servitude and the Moral Economy of Becoming a Seafarer and Attaining Adulthood.’ Gender Lecture Series, Margherita von Brentano Centre for Gender Research. Free University of Berlin. 8 February 2018.
- ‘An Exercise in Futurity: Servitude, Uncertainty, and Unemployed Young Men in the Philippines’. Care/Work Lecture Series. Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Free University of Berlin. 13 June 2017.
- ‘Kasla Agrekrekkang a Daga Masapulna ti Tudo: Gossip and the Surveillance of Filipino Seafarer Wives’ Morality and Mobility’. Mariano Marcos State University, Philippines. November 2016.
- ‘Isu Pay and Moral Rationality: Male Emigration and the Employment of Women Who Stay.’ Mariano Marcos State University, Philippines. November 2016.
- ‘Utility Manning, Servitude and Imagination.’ University of Lucerne Department of Anthropology Lecture Series. 16 April 2016.
- ‘Temporality, Unemployment and Young Filipino Men Navigating Uncertain Futures’. Lecture. Sheffield Institute of International Development and Department of Geography Lecture Series. University of Sheffield. 26 February 2015.
- ‘Becoming a Seafarer: The Hopes and Tribulations of “Utility Men”.’ Hamburg Seaman’s Mission. Hamburg, Germany. 11 April 2018.
- ‘The Political Economy of Servitude: Aspiring Seafarers and Unpaid Work in Manning Agencies in the Philippines.’ International Migration Institute Research Presentation. Oxford University. April 2017.
- ‘Working for Work: Temporality, Unemployment and Male Filipino Youths’ Navigation of the Future’. University of Bath Department of Policy and Social Sciences Lecture Series. March 2016.
- Manila’s ‘Utility Men’: Agency and Social Adulthood through Servility? Paper presented at Gender and Generational Transformations in Southeast Asia. University of Copenhagen 16 April 2015.
- ‘Utility Men, Servitude and Youth Unemployment in the Philippines’. University of Hawaii Manoa. 18 March 2015.
Areas of expertise
My research expertise is in the sociology of migration, family, gender, and youth. I also have research interest in narrative and social memory which I am developing further to include a sociological component.
I have a developing research interest in the sociology of emotion.
Press, publicity and reviews
- 2015-2018 Research Associate / Principal Investigator, Freie Universitaet Berlin
- 2013-2015 Postdoctoral International (POINT) Fellow, Freie Universitaet Berlin
- 2001-2005 Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman