ANU Myanmar Research Centre Dialogue Series


5-6pm (AEST) (UTC+10), 1.30- 2:30pm MMT (UTC+6.30)


The dialogues in the series will be held in hybrid mode, ie in-person on the ANU Campus, and virtually on zoom.

  • IN-PERSON: Hedley Bull Building #130, Cnr Garran Rd and Liversidge Street, ANU, Acton, 2600 ACT
  • ONLINE: Zoom. Once you register here, you will receive access to the online event page in Eventbrite where you will find the join link for the zoom meeting. Please select the relevant ticket, in-person or online, according to your preferred attendance mode.

For more information on the MRC 2023 Dialogue Series please see the MRC website or contact the Convenors:

You can subscribe to the ANU Myanmar Research Centre mailing list here.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Empathy, instrumentalism or privilege awareness? An evaluation of shifting inter-ethnic solidarities in Myanmar since the 2021 coup 

In conversation with Graeber’s (2011) concept of revolution in reverse and Walton’s (2013) theorisation of Burman privilege as a localised form of Whiteness, we examine the extent to which sudden revolutionary actions and changing solidarities have contributed to shift previous racial or inter-ethnic dynamics.

Drawing on data generated in 2022-2023 we seek to answer the following questions: Has the landscape fundamentality changed since the protests, and how and for whom? Or was it a temporary moment from which perceptions and ideals have reverted?

Based on social media and textual analysis of statements by Bamar leading figures of the Revolution as well as semi-structured interviews with ethnic Mon, Pa-O, Kachin, Karenni, Karen, Shan, Rakhine and Rohingya, we explore how members of these ethnic groups react to changing attitudes of Bamar elites and ordinary Bamar citizens.


Cecile Medail is a postdoctoral Researcher at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and an affiliate of the Australian National University's Myanmar Research Centre. 

Saw Chit Htet Tun is an independent researcher.

CHAIR: Hunter Marston

The Myanmar Research Centre Dialogue Series’ 2023 program includes a special series of nine presentations on the theme of revolution and solidarity in Myanmar, which is based on a collection of papers commissioned by the Myanmar Research Centre and the Danish Institute for International Studies.

Event details

Event date

Tue, 13 Jun 2023, 5 - 6pm

Event location

Hybrid Event: IN-PERSON: SDSC Reading Room 3.27, Level 3, Hedley Bul Building 130, ANU; ONLINE: Zoom

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