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Gonçalo Santos

University of Coimbra

Gonçalo Santos is an assistant professor of social-cultural anthropology at the University of Coimbra. He held previous positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and the University of Hong Kong. His research on China explores the impact of larger forces of technocratic modernization on the lives of ordinary families and communities, proposing new anthropological approaches to questions of modernity, subjectivity, and social and technological transformation. He is a participant in the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues Research Group on Culture and the Common Good.

  • Co-founder of Sci-Tech Asia an international research network promoting approaches to science and technology from the perspective of the humanities and social sciences.​
  • Co-editor of Transforming Patriarchy (University of Washington Press, 2017); Love, Marriage, and Intimate Citizenship in Contemporary China and India (Modern Asian Studies, 2016), Rethinking Reproductive Technologies and Modernities. Shifting Moral Frameworks of Childbirth Medicalization in China and Japan, 1900s-2000s (Technology and Culture, In Press).

  • Author of two anthropological and ethnographical monographs. The second monograph – entitled Intimate Modernities. Reassembling Love, Marriage, and the Family in Rural South China 1970s-2010s – is forthcoming 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.