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Dr. Jayeel Cornelio talks about “Young People and Being Catholic in the Philippines”

DR. JAYEEL S. CORNELIO will be the invited speaker at PACRE’s Midyear Conference on September 30, 2017 (Saturday) from 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the President’s Hall of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos.

He will talk about the theme of the conference: “Young People and Being Catholic in the Philippines: Perspectives on Current Trends in Religious Education.”  The conference aims to enrich the content and pedagogy of religion/values education teachers and strengthen their fellowship.

The speaker is Associate Professor and the Director of the Development Studies Program at the Ateneo de Manila University.  He is one of the editors of the journal Social Sciences and Missions (Brill) and treasurer of the Philippine Sociological Society (PSS).

He has held visiting posts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Lancaster University, and Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology.  In 2017 he was at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu in Romania on an Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility grant.  He was also a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany from 2012-2014.

The broad theme of his work is religion and social change.  He is the author of Being Catholic in the Contemporary Philippines: Young People Reinterpreting Religion, published by Routledge in 2016.  He also served as guest editor of the special issue of Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints on Filipino Catholicism and of the Asian Journal of Social Science on Religious Philanthropy in Asia.  His scholarly writings have appeared in various leading journals such as Religion, State and Society, the Review of Faith and International Affairs, the European Journal of East Asian Studies, and Journal of Communication.

For his work on popular religion, he received the Virginia A. Miralao Excellence in Research Award from the Philippine Social Science Council in 2015.  In 2017 the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST, PHL) has named him one of the eight Outstanding Young Scientists of the country.

He is a regular contributor to Rappler, obtained the MSocSci in Applied Sociology and the PhD in Sociology from the National University of Singapore as a recipient of the Graduate Scholarship for ASEAN Nationals and a competitive doctoral grant from the Asia Research Institute. He also received the Lee Foundation Prize for graduating top of his class.