2019

Street in Myanmar

The preliminary conference program is available by clicking the ‘Sessions’ tab on the top. The conference is open to the public, registration is free but essential on Eventbrite.

Please note:

Free of charge

  • Pre-conference reception for speakers, moderators and conference participants (14 March 2019)
  • Morning tea and afternoon tea (15-16 March 2019)
  • Lunch for speakers, moderators (15-16 March 2019)
  • Conference Dinner for speakers, moderators and invited guests (15 March 2019)

Fees for participants

  • Lunch costs (15-16 March 2019)- Proudly presented by Canberra Mon Community and Australia Mon Association: all meals are served with rice and excess curries are available for sale for $10 per serve, water or drinks: $2 each, CASH ONLY.
  • $75 for Conference Dinner (15 March 2019), details and registration through here.

Conference program

Myanmar Update 2019 Abstracts

Myanmar Update 2019: Living with Myanmar

Since 2011 Myanmar has experienced profound changes and reforms. The formation of a new government in Myanmar, led by the National League for Democracy, was also a crucially important milestone in the country’s transition to a more inclusive form of governance. And yet, for many people everyday struggles remain unchanged, and have often worsened in recent years. Key economic, social and political reforms are stalled, conflict persists and longstanding issues of citizenship and belonging remain.

Since the last conference in 2017, Myanmar’s restive borderlands have been the site of escalating military campaigns, driving more than 800,000 Rohingya, Kachin, Shan and Karen people to flee internally or across borders. These dynamics have complicated Myanmar’s diplomatic relations with neighbouring countries and exposed the fractures at the heart of Myanmar’s transition to partial civilian rule.

Building on the 2017 Update which probed the theme of ‘Transformations’, the 2019 conference seeks to explore the contradictions, ambiguities and complexities of ‘Living with Myanmar’. What is it like to live with and navigate the institutions, socialities and political ideals that shape life for many people in and outside of the territory of Myanmar? How are people engaging in creative and productive ways with Myanmar’s historical, geographic and institutional complexities? We invite scholars and practitioners to probe these questions, focusing on how everyday people, activists, state officials and external actors craft lives and worldviews as they live with Myanmar.

For proposals to screen short films, launch books or for other conference related activities. Please contact myanmar.research@anu.edu.au.

About the Update Series

The Myanmar (Burma) Update is a major venue at which to present cutting-edge scholarship on political, social and economic affairs in Myanmar. Now in its third decade, it is one of only two longstanding, regularly held international conferences on the country, and is alone in routinely publishing papers presented at the conference. It is one of a range of Update conferences held at the Australian National University on countries across Asia and the Pacific. Details of previous Myanmar Updates and publications are available at the Update series website.

For further information, please contact the convener at myanmar.research@anu.edu.au

  • Charlotte Galloway, Director, Myanmar Research Centre, ANU
  • Nick Cheesman, Fellow, Department of Political and Social Change, ANU
  • Yuri Takahashi, School of Culture, History and Language, ANU
  • Justine Chambers, Associate-Director, Myanmar Research Centre, ANU
  • Gerard McCarthy, Associate-Director, Myanmar Research Centre, ANU

Conference venue: Auditorium, China in the World Building 188, Fellows Lane, ANU

Myanmar studies get intensive - A one-day workshop preceding the 2019 Myanmar Update will be held on Thursday, 14 March 2019. The workshop is for Early Career Researchers and Higher Degree by Research students, more details here.

For conference attendees, a visa letter confirming your registration is available on request via myanmar.research@anu.edu.au

The Myanmar Update is supported by the ANU College Of Asia and the Pacific, International Development Research Centre, Canada, the United Nations Development Program, Myanmar, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

 

 

 

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Date & time

Friday, March 15, 2019 to Saturday, March 16, 2019

Venue

Building 188, Fellows Lane The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 2601

Speaker(s)

Al Haj U Aye Lwin, Chief Convenor for the Islamic Centre of Myanmar; Aung Myo Min, Oxfam in Myanmar; Aye Lei Tun, Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation; Aye Thiri Kyaw, Independent researcher; Jacques Bertrand, University of Toronto; Mai Betty, ANU; Michael Breen, University of Melbourne; Peggy Brett, Center for Diversity and National Harmony; plus many more.
Thursday 14 March 2019
0900 1700 Pre-conference workshop: Myanmar studies get intensive (invited only)

Venue: Seminar Rooms A&B, China in the World Building 188, ANU
1600 1700 Let’s taste Burmese language

Venue: McDonald Room, Menzies Library Building 2, 2 McDonald Place, ANU

1730

1900

Pre-conference reception and art exhibition

Venue: School of Art and Design Gallery, ANU

Participants: Speakers, moderators and conference registrants.
Day 1 - Friday 15 March 2019

0900

0930

Welcome address by ANU Provost Professor Mike Calford, and Associate Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Dr Nicholas Farrelly

Welcome remarks by Ambassador HE Tha Aung Nyun, Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Venue: Auditorium, China in the World Building 188, Fellows Lane, ANU

0900

1030

Keynote address by Al Haj U Aye Lwin, Chief Convenor for the Islamic Centre of Myanmar

Chair: Morten Pedersen, University of New South Wales Canberra (Australian Defence Force Academy)

1030

1100

Morning tea

Venue: Foyer of the Auditorium

1100

1230

Economic and political updates

Economic update

Sean Turnell, Special Economic Consultant to Myanmar’s State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and Ikuko Okamoto, Toyo University, Japan

Political update

Jacques Bertrand, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, and Marie Lall, University College London, Institute of Education

Chair: Ambassador of Canada to Myanmar, H.E. Karen MacArthur

1230

1330

Lunch

Venue: Foyer of the Auditorium

1230

1330

Book launch: The Constitution of Myanmar by Mellissa Crouch, University of New South Wales, panel discussion – Nick Cheesman and Björn Dressel, ANU

Venue: Seminar Rooms A&B, China in the World Building 188, ANU
     
1245 1330

Library tour - Myanmar collections by Nithiwadee Chitravas, ANU

Venue: RG Menzies Building, ANU 2 McDonald Place, Acton ACT 2601

1330

1445

Politics panel

Venue: Auditorium

Panel chair: Paul Kenny, ANU

> Parliamentary life under the NLD - Renaud Egreteau, City University of Hong Kong

> People power or political pressure? Drivers of representative performance in southern sub-national parliaments, Myanmar Nyein Thiri Swe, and Zaw Min Oo, Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation

> Do people really want ethnic federalism anymore? What contemporary deliberations tell us about the role of ethnic identity in federalism in Myanmar - Michael Breen, The University of Melbourne

> The threat of new large- scale land confiscated for the broken model of development in Myanmar: an analysis of Vacant, Fallow, Virgin Management Law
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Khin Htet Wai, Namati International
 1330  1445  Economics panel

Venue: Seminar Rooms A&B

Panel chair: Peter Batchelor, UNDP

> Poverty and inequality within rural and urban areas of Myanmar: 2005 to 2015 -Peter Warr, ANU

> Tax incentive and Foreign Direct Investment in Myanmar - Mai Betty, ANU

> Ten years of freshwater fisheries governance reform in Myanmar (2008-2018) - Yin Nyein, Rick Gregory, and Aung Kyaw Thein, Network Activities Group, Myanmar
 

1445

1515

Afternoon tea

Venue: Foyer of the Auditorium

1515

1630

Open panel: presented in Burmese language

Venue: Seminar Rooms A&B

Panel chair: Salai Samuel Cung Za Hmung, Representative of ANUMSA

> Trust deficit in building social capital under the NLD rule - Lwin Cho Latt, University of Yangon

> Social media’s impact on Myanmar Muslims - Soe Yar Zar, and John Henderson, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

> Turning battlefields into zoos: Myanmar cinema and minority representation in two eras - Jane Ferguson, ANU

> Trend analysis of Myanmar peace process - Saw Chit Thet Tun, freelance consultant/researcher


1515

1630

Norms and knowledge

Venue: Auditorium

Panel chair: Lennon Chang, Monash University

> Building a knowledge society through evolving library education in Myanmar - Roxanne Missingham, ANU, and Mary Carrollis, Charles Sturt University

> Changing norms around sexual harassment against women and girls in Myanmar: women’s movements and the era of #MeToo? - Aye Thiri Kyaw, independent researcher, Myanmar, and Stephanie Miedema, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

> The winding path to gender equality in Myanmar: how institutions, interests and ideas influence the ongoing implementation of the Government of Myanmar’s National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women - Khin Khin Mra, and Deborah Livingstone, Myanmar Centre for Good Governance

> Building science communication/education capacity in Myanmar: the Science Circus Myanmar project - Graham Walker, ANU
 1630 1745  Justice

Venue: Auditorium

Panel chair: Susan Banki, The University of Sydney

> No living with Myanmar? Pathways to justice for the Rohingya - Susan Harris Rimmer, Griffith University

> Access to remedies: Thai outbound investments and human rights violations in Tanintharyi region, Myanmar - Wora Suk, EarthRights International (Asia office)

> Carceral legacies: on prisons, punishment and politics in Myanmar - Andrew Jefferson, DIGNITY - Danish Institute Against Torture

> Still searching for justice in the law: lived realities of injustice in Myanmar- Caitlin Reiger, and Zaw Myat Lin, British Council
     

1930

2200

Conference dinner

Cultural Show by the ANU Myanmar Students’ Association

Venue: University House, 1 Balmain Cres, ANU
Day 2 - Saturday 16 March 2019

0900

1030

Living with the city

Venue: Auditorium

Panel chair: Jayde Roberts, University of New South Wales

> Blinded like a state: urban sanitation, improvement and high modernism in contemporary Myanmar - Jérémie Sanchez, University of Lausanne

> The importance of public participation in solid waste management: a case study of Mandalay City, Myanmar - San Myint Yi, Yadanabon University

> Gray markets on the margins: resettlement and land tenure security in peri-urban Mandalay - Francesca Chiu, University of East Anglia, and University of Copenhagen

> The slum in Yangon: Inequality, urbanisation and changing - Anuk Pitukthanin, Mekong Studies Center, Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University

0900

1030

Living on the borders

Venue: Seminar Rooms A&B

Panel chair: Joseph Rickson, Western Sydney University

> The tactics of in-/visibility: a dual life of displaced Shan along the Thai-Myanmar border - Wen-Ching Ting, National University of Singapore

> China’s role in Myanmar’s peace process - Chiraag Roy, Deakin University

> Rohingya mass exodus: who should pay compensation and how much? - Christine Jubb, Mohshin Habib, Salahuddin Ahmad, and Sultana Razia, Swinburne University of Technology

> Precarious humanitarianism: geoeconomic hope and geopolitical fear in Myanmar’s borderlands - Tani Sebro, Miami University
 1030  1100  Morning tea

Venue: Foyer of the Auditorium
 

1100

1230

Administering inclusion and exclusion

Venue: Auditorium

Panel chair: Nick Cheesman, ANU

> Women’s rights to citizenship documentation - Aye Lei Tun, Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (EMReF)

> The ambiguities of citizenship status in Myanmar and the implications of this lack of clarity - Peggy Brett, Center for Diversity and National Harmony

> Citizenship and identity - U Myo Win, Smile Education and Development Foundation

> Living with prison: Exploring prisoners’ contact with the outside world in Myanmar - Kyaw Lin Naing, Than Htaik, Nwe Ni Aung, and Aung Lin Oo, Justice for All Law Firm

1230

1330

Lunch

Venue: Foyer of the Auditorium

1330

1500

Living with Myanmar in Japan

Panel chair: Yuri Takahashi, ANU

Venue: Auditorium

> The history and current situation of Bamar Muslims: the difference in ethnic consciousness between Bamar Muslims and Buddhist majority - Ayako Saito, Sophia University, Japan

> A disappearing community? Brief history of the Anglo-Burmese and their situation after independence of Burma/Myanmar - Kei Nemoto, Sophia University, Japan

> How did the term ‘Dawkalu’ come to be used? A historical consideration of proclamation of ethnicity by Karen intellectuals in the 1880s - Hitomi Fujimura, Sophia University, Japan

1500

1530

Afternoon tea

Venue: Foyer of the Auditorium

1530

1700

Trust

Venue: Auditorium

Panel chair: Gerard McCarthy, ANU

> Doubt and trust: crafting village headship in central Myanmar - Stéphen Huard, University of East Anglia

> Political trust in fragile and conflict-affected areas of Myanmar: Implications for good governance and peace-building - Aung Myo Min, Oxfam in Myanmar

> Informal strategies of Yangonites living with Myanmar: everyday uncertainty in access to property
- Gillian Cornish, University of Queensland, and Elizabeth Rhoads, King’s College London

> An update of local government in Myanmar in 2018: decentralization at the lowest level
- Htet Min Lwin, Forum of Federation

1700

1715

Closing remarks

Venue: Auditorium

Please note:

Free of charge

  • Pre-conference reception for speakers, moderators and conference participants (14 March 2019)
  • Morning tea and afternoon tea (15-16 March 2019)
  • Lunch for speakers, moderators (15-16 March 2019)
  • Conference Dinner for speakers, moderators and invited guests (15 March 2019)

Fees for participants

  • Lunch costs (15-16 March 2019), - Proudly presented by Canberra Mon Community and Australia Mon Association: all meals are served with rice and excess curries are available for sale for $10 per serve, water or drinks: $2 each, CASH ONLY.
  • $75 for Conference Dinner (15 March 2019), details and registration through here.

Parking:

Parking is limited at ANU which is why we recommend walking, public transport or taking a taxi. Parking fills up before 9am and it can be difficult finding a park during the day so please allow enough time to find the venue and be seated for a prompt start.

Please refer to the ANU designated parking map – all pink areas are available for visitors however you will have to download the CellOPark pay as you go parking app. This requires a one off registration and more information is available here.

The China in the World Building can be found under South Oval in the Ellery precinct in the middle of the page.

ANU Library resource:

  1. Myanmar/Burma Studies LibGuide: https://libguides.anu.edu.au/myanmar-burma
  2. Burmese Language LibGuide: https://libguides.anu.edu.au/burmese

Accommodation

Accommodation is to be booked directly by individual participants.

The following hotels are located on or near the ANU campus:

  • University House
  • Brian Lewis Court & Liversidge Court
  • QT Canberra
  • Hotel Hotel
  • Peppers Gallery Hotel
  • Novotel Canberra
  • Quest Apartment Hotel
  • Breakfree Capital Tower
  • Avenue Hotel
  • Mantra on Northbourne
  • Canberra City Youth Hostel

Additional information

Arriving in Canberra

Canberra Airport is served by most of Australia’s major cities, as well as several international connections. By road, Canberra is located approximately 3.5 hours from Sydney. There is a frequent coach service from Sydney to Canberra.

Visas

It is your responsibility to ensure visa documentation is correct and complete before you commence your journey. Information can be found here.

Useful links

Visit Canberra

Canberra Airport

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