Research Grants

Collective Memory of the Human Rights Violations during the Martial Law Among Young Educated Filipinos

Small Grants – One
University Affiliation:
Xavier University- Ateneo de


This study aims to provide thorough
insight on the collective memory and memory-making mechanism of the human
rights violations during the martial law period among young college-educated

Significance of

Studying human rights, how it can be
protected and violations be prevented is crucial for a humane and inclusive
society. However, understanding how memories of past
human rights violations are formed and shaped is just as
crucial to the improvement of the human rights situation in a society. By
examining how the martial law period in the Philippines is collectively
remembered by young Filipinos, this study provides a thorough understanding
of how human rights is defined and justified throughout
and how memories of its violations are constructed and
preserved in the consciousness of the people. It is by understanding how
young Filipinos remember and understand the martial law period, advocates and
especially universities, may be able to construct effective means of
educating current and future generations about human


Gretchen AbusoGretchen Abuso is a university instructor at the Department of
Sociology and Anthropology of Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan. Her past
research engagements with the Research Institute for Mindanao Culture brought
her to different parts of her beloved Mindanao where she met the women of
Zamboanga, the youth in Basilan, the farmers of Davao and the indigenous
peoples of Misamis Oriental. Current political climate in her country
inspired her to examine the mechanisms of remembering and why Filipinos seem
to willingly repeat its violent past.

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