Myanmar Update 2021: Living with the pandemic and the Coup

Updated Call for Papers

New Proposals are due by Friday 30 April 2021. The conference is scheduled for 15-17 July 2021 and will be held at The Australian National University in Canberra.

In response to the 1 February coup, the Myanmar Update has revised the 2021 Update theme to ‘Living with the Pandemic and the Coup’.

This is a special second call for papers and we invite submissions that address implications of the coup, as the actions of the Tatmadaw throw new light onto the role of civil society, border and regional politics, as well as racial and ethnic tensions.

The Update will still draw attention to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on Myanmar. All authors who have submitted abstracts on this topic are given opportunity to update their abstracts.

In light of the coup the 2021 Myanmar Update will be hosted solely by the Australian National University from 15-17 July 2021. We seek to bring together researchers, civil society and government together into conversation about the long term consequences of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the coup in Myanmar.

Myanmar Update 2021

Paper proposals

Myanmar Update 2021

As in previous years the conference program will be predominantly in English, with some panels in Burmese. Paper proposals should not exceed 200 words (or half a page in Burmese). Panel proposals may have three to four papers. The panel abstract and paper proposals should be submitted as a single file for a total of 800 words (three papers) or 1000 words (four papers).

The first call for papers is closed. On confirmation of paper acceptance, complete drafts are still expected on Monday 19 April 2021. If authors are rethinking their abstract, please contact

For new proposals, abstracts are due on Friday April 30 2021. Following confirmation of acceptance, draft papers should be submitted on Friday June 4 2021.

As a reminder, a selection of papers will be published in the Myanmar Update conference volume, as part of the Myanmar Update Series (ISEAS Press). For publications from the Update series, visit here.

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 on this website.

For further information, please contact the conveners at

  • Charlotte Galloway, Director, ANU Myanmar Research Centre
  • Dinith Adikari, PhD Candidate, School of Culture, History & Language, ANU
  • Jonathan Liljeblad, Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Law
  • Nick Cheesman, Fellow, Department of Political and Social Change, ANU

Date & time

Thursday, July 15, 2021 to Saturday, July 17, 2021


MRC conveners
Paper proposals due: Friday April 30 2021

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