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Burma/Myanmar Research Forum: October 2-4, 2015

Poster of Burma/Myanmar Forum

Borders, Bounds and Brinks: Rethinking Boundaries In and About Burma/Myanmar

The second annual Burma/Myanmar Forum, “Borders, Bounds, and Brinks,”  will take place on October 2 – 4, 2015. The forum is envisaged as an intellectual platform bringing together Burma/Myanmar scholars from across the US and internationally, to facilitate dialogue on new and emerging research, and to foster exchange between senior and emerging scholars.

Borders include, yet also exclude; they separate, yet also connect. This year’s forum will feature recent scholarship on borderlands to investigate these spaces in their own right, and also as openings onto wider political, conceptual, and historical terrains. Borders include, yet also exclude; they separate, yet also connect. How might a focus on borders raise questions about overly “centralized” narratives about religious, ethnic, colonial, and other histories of Burma? Various dimensions of borders and boundaries (spatial, ecological, ethno-political, religio-cultural, conceptual, etc.) will be analyzed.

The conference will feature an opening conference plenary with presentations from senior scholars, and discussion-intensive workshops of research in progress, with plenary speakers serving as discussants. The conference plenary featured speakers are: Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; Tin Maung Maung Than, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore); and Alicia Turner, Associate Professor in Humanities and Religious Studies at York University, Toronto. The forum will also feature Burma/Myanmar related films.



Opening Conference Plenary and Reception

3:00-6:30 PM at the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia

“Borders of Truth: Writing Burmese Histories from the Edge" - Penny Edwards, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

From Panlong to NCA: Exclusion, Inclusion, Othering, Bordering and Selfie Syndrome" - Tin Maung Maung Than, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

“Playing with the Boundaries of Colonial Buddhism from the Tavoyan Margins" - Alicia Turner, Department of Humanities and Religious Studies, York University, Toronto


Curated Screenings of Burma/Myanmar Films

7-9 PM at Film Forum, Schwartz Center



Conversations In and About Burma/Myanmar

10:30 - 1PM at the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia

10:30AM - 11:15AM  Borderline Existence: Gallery Discussion on Burmese Chin Refugees in Mizoram

11:15AM - 12:00PM  Advocacy at the Border: Perspective from a Rohingya Lawyer and Activist

12:00PM - 12:15PM  Closing Remarks from Keynote Speakers

12:15PM -  1:00PM   Lunch


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In addition to core funding from Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, this event is generously co-sponsored by the Departments of Development Sociology, Government, and Anthropology.