Roundtable: Deadlocks in Burma’s Politics – Ethnic Regions & Central Myanmar

Photo: archive This roundtable will be held in two sessions, coordinated by Chosein Yamahata from the Graduate School of Policy Studies, Aichi Gakuin University, and Catherine Renshaw from Western Sydney University, Australia. This roundtable examines Myanmar’s major deadlocks by analyzing the root causes of ethnic conflicts in different parts of the country, other pressing activities/changes in the areas of major ethnic groups, and the marginalization of non-Buddhist ethnic communities from thefollowing aspects. • International law instruments and the constitution• The deadlocked peace and the promotion of federalism• Academic/media freedoms, civil liberties, and ethnic equality• Health security, humanitarian assistance and lifelines...

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Panel: COVID-19, Myanmar Migration, Risks & Resilience

Difficulties and problems of social inequality, migration, and degradation of resources are seen throughout Myanmar. Cross-border migration, Foreign Direct Investment in Special Economic Zones, and now the Covid-19 pandemic are issues of concern for all partners—from state officers, academia, and the private sector—to assure sustainable and inclusive development in Myanmar. Photo: Yawng Htang for Nikkei Asia This panel will examine Myanmar migration in the context of COVID-19 and how it has affected migrant workers. Impacts on migrant workers are complex and tied to other conditions related to migrant worker vulnerability: health access, economic inequality, migration status, working and employment conditions,...

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Pre-conference Workshop 24-25 October

On 24-25 October 2020, RCSD, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, and the University of Mandalay organized the virtual Pre-conference Workshop as a part of the 3rd International Conference on Myanmar Burma Studies (ICBMS3). The workshop aimed to enhance academic writing skills among Myanmar scholars and graduate students who will present their papers at ICBMS3 in March 2021. Over 50 participants from 15 universities in Myanmar joined the workshop. Workshop mentors also worked individually with participants for a further two weeks online to improve papers and prepare for presentation and publication. Big congratulations to everyone involved, and looking forward...

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ICBMS 3 Rescheduled for March 2021

Due to the Covid-19 virus and its impacts on worldwide health, travel, and logistics, the ICBMS 3 secretariat has decided after careful consultation with all involved parties to reschedule the 3rd International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies to 5-7 March of 2021. The schedule for abstract submission, selection, registration, and submission of full papers has been impacted as follows: Individual abstracts and panel proposals should be sent by 31st May 2020. Details of papers and panels accepted will be announced on 30th June 2020. The deadline for submission of full papers is 15th November 2020.  Roundtable discussion submissions will also be...

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Extension of Call for Papers to 31 May

NOTE: Due to the worldwide situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the dates and scheduled events for the ICBMS3 are currently being reconsidered. When we are able to confirm new dates we will publish the full schedule here. The submission deadline for abstracts, panel & roundtable proposals for ICBMS3 has been extended to 31 May in light of the current worldwide situation with the Covid-19 virus. Submissions can be made through the online submission system here until 31 May. As always, for any inquiries, problems or other contact please email icbms.cmu@gmail.com

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UPDATE: ICBMS3 Pre-conference Workshop

NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ICBMS pre-conference workshop has been rescheduled to 24-26 October 2020. Other new dates and schedule are as follows: The pre-conference workshop is open to faculty and graduate students from universities in Myanmar whose abstracts are submitted for the 3rd International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies (ICBMS3) through the general call for papers. The 3-day pre-conference workshop targets early career/junior university faculty, researchers and graduate students who otherwise have limited exposure to international conferences. It aims to engage them in the process of writing quality academic papers. Approximately 50 – 60 abstracts from the general...

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Call for Papers

3rd International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies: Myanmar/Burma in the Changing Southeast Asian Context 22-24 October 2020, Chiang Mai University After the general election in 2015, there was hope that democracy would prevail in Burma/Myanmar and drive the country’s peace process forward. Attempts were made to embark on economic development, aiming to bring prosperity to society while giving high priority to environmental sustainability. Myanmar has indeed opened opportunities for foreign investment: speeding up industrial and special economic zones, expanding infrastructure development, and promoting the modernization of agriculture. However, this has also resulted in environmental degradation, resource conflicts and land-grabbing. As the...

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