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Open lecture: Hype and Realities of the Burmese Transition – the Political Economy of Social Change

May 3, 2013 - 13:00-15:00

Burma or Myanmar is a new Kiplinesque East for the ambitious to make their name and discharge their White Man’s Burden, one of the world’s hottest assignments in the world of diplomats, development consultants, NGO experts and academic researchers, a lucrative ‘frontier’ market for investors, venture capitalists and multinationals, a must-go for both citizen-tourists and global luminaries. This lecture will critically discuss the rose-tinted view of reforms in Burma against the troubling realties as lived by the people of that country, including full-scale Rohingya genocide of 40 years, the 60-years of Burmese army’s un-ending internal colonial wars against the Christan Kachins, the Karens, the Shans and other ethnic minorities who make up a third of the country’s population, the unfolding state-backed neo-Nazi “Buddhist” movement, the widespread land grab and economic displacement of the country’s farming communities, and the growing environmental problems arising from Burma’s transition.

Dr. Maung Zarni is the founder of the Free Burma Coalition and a noted expert on Burma. He is a Visiting Fellow with the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, LSE and since February this year a Visiting Senior Research Fellow with the University of Malaya Centre for Democracy and Election in Kuala Lumpur, currently working on a book commissioned by Yale University Press: “Life under the Boot: 50-years of Military Dictatorship in Burma”.

Place: William-Olssonsalen (house Y, 1st floor, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14), Stockholm University

Please RSVP to eva.hansson@statsvet.su.se no later than 30 April

If you have any questions please contact eva.hansson@statsvet.su.se. You can also consult www.asianstudies.su.se or www.facebook.com/ForumAsianStudies for more information.

Open lecture: Hype and Realities of the Burmese Transition – the Political Economy of Social Change


May 3, 2013