International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies: Burma/Myanmar in Transition: Connectivity, Changes and Challenges


Deadline: Abstracts and panel proposals should be sent over the period 6 February to 15 April 2015. Details of the papers accepted will be announced on 20 May, and the deadline for submission of full papers is 20 June.

Chiang Mai, 24-25 July 2015

University Academic Service Centre (UNISERV) Chiang Mai University

The 1st International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies will be held in Chiang Mai over the period 24-25 July 2015. It will be co-hosted by the Center for ASEAN Studies (CAS), Chiang Mai University, the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD): Myanmar Center, the Faculty of Humanities at Chiang Mai University and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, The Netherlands. The conference will provide a forum for scholars, journalists, NGO workers and observers from Burma/Myanmar, Thailand and other countries across the globe to get the latest updates on Burma/Myanmar scholarships.

The aims of the conference are:

•To deepen our understanding of the social and political transformations occurring in Burma/Myanmar, and their impacts on the environment, as well as on the economic and social lives of local/ethnic communities

•To examine Burma/Myanmar’s nexus and connectivity within the regional and global context, as well as the internal interplay taking place among state actors, society and culture •To provide a platform for the exchange of academic ideas and dialogue among Burma/Myanmar scholars from around the world, and

•To allow young and mid-level scholars/researchers to participate in an international academic forum.


We would like to invite interested participants to submit individual papers, as well as suggest organized panels,for consideration. Topics should include, but are not limited to:

•Power Relations in Transitional Myanmar

•Popular Culture, Arts and the Media •Agrarian Transformation and Environmental Change

•Identity Politics and Ethnicity •Religion, Spirit Cults and Healing • Migration, Displacement and Exile

•Education, Languages and Communication

•Urban Landscapes, Modernity and Development

•Public Intellectuals and Myanmar’s Academic Realm

•The Interplay between State and Civil Society

•Markets, Trade and Investment

•History, Archaeology and Art History

•Health Care and Well-being Gender and Sexuality in a Cultural Landscape



• Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti, Chiang Mai University

• Dr. Lalita Hangwong, Mahasarakham University

• Dr. Philippe M.F. Peycam, International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)

• Dr. Tharaphi Than, Northern Illinois University


Interested participants should submit a paper title and an abstract of not more than 300 words, along with keywords and a short biography (name, affiliated institution and work position). Proposals for full panels are welcomed and should outline the rationale of the proposed panel (not more than 500 words). Suggestions for roundtable discussions may also be considered. Please email us at: [email protected] for further details. Abstracts and panel proposals should be sent over the period 6 February to 15 April 2015. Details of the papers accepted will be announced on 20 May, and the deadline for submission of full papers is 20 June.

All conference papers will be published online as part of the ICBMS Working Paper Series. Some papers presented at the workshop will be selected and considered for publication in academic journals/books, those compiled by the sponsors of the conference.

For queries, please contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

Study Tour: For those participants who are interested, a free study tour to Myanmar will take place, taking in Shan markets and a Myanmar mosque in Chiang Mai. Please indicate when submitting your abstract whether or not you would like to go on the study tour.