Gonçalo D. Santos

Assistant Professor; Group Coordinator

Research Group: Technoscience, Society, and Environment (Group Coordinator)

Institutional Address: Department of Life Sciences

Personal website: https://gdsantos.com/

E-mail: gsantos@uc.pt



Gonçalo D. SANTOS is an Assistant Professor of Socio-Cultural Anthropology in the Department of Life Sciences and a Researcher and Group Coordinator in the Research Center for Anthropology and Health (CIAS) at the University of Coimbra. Prior to joining the University of Coimbra in 2020, he held positions at the London School of Economics, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Chinese Village Life Today (University of Washington Press, 2021) and the co-editor of Transforming Patriarchy (University of Washington Press, 2017). His research explores new approaches to questions of modernity, subjectivity, and social, technological, and ecological transformation, combining the fields of social-cultural anthropology, Asian studies, and science, technology, and society studies. He is the coordinator of the Research Group on "Technoscience, Society, and Environment," and is the founder and the director of the transnational research network Sci-Tech Asia.


Research Interests:

Social-Cultural Anthropology, Asian Studies (China), Environment Studies, and Science, Technology, and Society Studies


Selected Projects:

Research Project: Women and Birth in Transition: The Politics of Childbirth Medicalization in Reform China, 1978-present (Co-PI, with Jun Zhang, funded by Research Grants Council of Hong Kong)

Research Project: Shifting Regimes of Reproductive Labor in East Asia, 1900s-2000s (Co-PI, with Jacob Eyferth and Suzanne Gottschang)

Research Project: Perceptions of Environmental Degradation and Climate Change in Traditional Fishing Communities (PI, funded by the “Verão com Ciência 2021” Initiative, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia)

Research Project: “Culture and Society” (Research Group Member, Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues, Georgetown University)

Curatorial Project: “Pluralizing the Anthropocene: Reenvisioning the Future of the Planet in the 21st Century” (Curator, supported by Research Center for Anthropology and Health, Serralves Foundation, Centre for Functional Ecology, Sci-Tech Asia)

Curatorial Project: “UrbanAct: Cities, Environment, and Activism in the 21st Century” (Curator, funded by the “Promoção da Cultura Científica 2021” Initiative, Institute of Interdisciplinary Research, University of Coimbra)


Selected Publications:

Santos, Gonçalo. 2021 (In Press). ” The Polyphony of Nature.” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory

Santos, Gonçalo. 2021. Chinese Village Life Today. Building Families in an Age of Transition. Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press, 320 pages.

Santos, Gonçalo. 2020. “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 61 (2): 581-616

Santos, Gonçalo, and Suzanne Gottschang. 2020. “Rethinking Reproductive Technologies and Modernities in Time and Space.” Technology and Culture 61 (2): 549-558

Santos, Gonçalo (江绍龙) and Stevan Harrell (郝瑞). 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 41: 79-124.

Santos, Gonçalo, and Stevan Harrell (eds). 2017. Transforming Patriarchy. Chinese Families in the Twenty-First Century. Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press, 312 pages

Santos, Gonçalo. 2016. “On Intimate Choices and Troubles in Rural South China.” Modern Asian Studies 50 (4): 1298-1326.





Gonçalo D. Santos