Burma and its ‘Others’: A Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday 21 March 2019
Location: Hatchards Piccadilly

Time: 17:45
General Admission: £10
Tickets available here.

This event is part of a collection of talks on Burma between 19 – 21 March. For the first time in the UK, Hatchards, in association with Akroyd Art, Grammar Productions and sponsors, will bring together the world’s leading writers, artists and filmmakers on Burma to share their insights on how the Burma we see today came to be, and what the future holds. Click / tap here to find out which other events you could attend.

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When, in 2017, the world watched with horror and incomprehension as the Rohingya crisis unfolded, Burma’s complex and fractious patchwork of ethnic and religious groups was propelled into international headlines. But the Rohingya crisis is just one of a number of simmering conflicts between Burma’s centre and periphery that bedevil the country today. Will Burma ever find unity in its diversity?

Hatchards are delighted to be hosting a panel discussion with some of the finest academic and journalistic minds investigating these questions in Burma today. We are joined by:

Francis Wade, author of ‘MYANMAR’S ENEMY WITHIN: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim ‘Other’’ and a journalist whose work has appeared in the Guardian, Al Jazeera, Asia Times and Foreign Policy.

Professor Mandy Sadan, author of ‘WAR AND PEACE IN THE BORDERLANDS OF MYANMAR’, and a Reader in the History of South East Asia at SOAS, University of London.

Dr Hans Steinmüller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at LSE, with a research focus on the increasing militarism of the Wa peoples in the China/Myanmar borderlands.

Finally, chairing this discussion on the place of ethnic, religious and other minorities in Burma will be Melyn McKay, a research anthropologist at the University of Oxford specialising in women’s participation in religious nationalist movements in Burma.

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