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Arts Hall, University of Yangon

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The 2017 Myanmar Update Forum will be held at University of Yangon on 15-16 March 2017 in conjunction with The Australian National University. The formation of a new government in Myanmar, led by the National League for Democracy, was a crucially important milestone in the country’s political transformation. This profound change is being matched by similarly far-reaching shifts in Myanmar’s economic, social and cultural landscape. The 2017 Myanmar Update Forum will address these multiple transformations.

The conference will run from 11AM-5PM Wednesday 15th March, and 9AM-3:30PM on Thursday 16th March in University of Yangon Arts Hall.

Please click here for the full program.

Day 1, Wednesday 15th March:

11AM: Welcome by Pro Rector Omar Kyaw, University of Yangon and Professor Michael Wesley, ANU.

11:20AM: Keynote address by Professor Dr Aung Tun Thet, Special Representative of State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

12:15PM: Lunch provided by UY & ANU

1:15PM: Panel on Conflict, authority and peace. Chaired by Professor Chaw Chaw Sein, University of Yangon, featuring:

  • Lwin Cho Latt, University of Yangon, “‘All Inclusiveness’ in Myanmar’s Peace process”
  • Khin Maung Yin, UNSW ADFA, “Incomplete nation-building and political leadership in Myanmar”
  • Sai Lone, Transnational Institute, “Conflict and drugs”
  • Nicholas Farrelly, ANU, “Reflections on building a more peaceful Myanmar”

2:45PM: Afternoon tea provided by UY & ANU.

3:15PM: Panel on Hope, Risk and Rural Life. Chaired by Professor Mya Mya Khin, University of Yangon. Featuring:

  • Ikuko Okamato, Kyoto University, “Rural life in transition”
  • Kyan Htoo, MDRI CESD, “The Role of Hope in Myanmar’s Rural Transformation"
  • Justine Chambers, ANU, “Coming of Age in Hpa-an: Hope and visions of the ‘good’ life
  • Mike Griffiths, Myanmar Social Policy and Poverty Institute, “Precarity and community social organizations in rural Myanmar”.

4:45PM Program close.


Day 2, Thursday 16th March will feature:

9:00AM: Panel on Economic Upheaval featuring:

  • Introductory remarks by Professor Michael Wesley, ANU “Asia’s new geo-economics.
  • SiuSue Mark, Erasmus University & Youyi Zhang, Cornell University. “The Impact of New Forms of Transnational Capital on Chinese Investments in Myanmar”
  • Myat Thida Win, MDRI-CESD. “Agricultural Mechanization in Rural Myanmar”.
  • Luke Corbin, ANU. “Crafting a Golden Beverage: Ripples in Myanmar's Beer Industry.”

10:30AM: Morning Tea

11:00AM: Panel on Rights Justice and Welfare. Chaired by Dr Yin Myo Thu, University of Yangon, featuring:

  • Sam Pursch, World Bank. “Insights from Five Rounds of World Bank’s Myanmar Qualitative Social and Economic Monitoring Research”.
  • Than Pale and Hla Hla Kyi, University of Yangon, “Legal hybridity and everyday justice in a Mon village”.
  • Gerard McCarthy, ANU. “Self-reliance projects and the trajectory of Myanmar's welfare state”.
  • Yaw Bawm Mangshang, Independent Researcher, “Social welfare and legitimacy

12:30: Lunch provided by UY & ANU.

1:30PM: UY-ANU Government Partnerships for Development Showcase. Chaired by Nicholas Farrelly, ANU featuring:

  • Ni Win Zaw and Roxanne Missingham, “Digital literacy education in Myanmar”
  • Simon McClusky and Day Wa Aung, “Mapping active faults and earthquake hazards in Myanmar”
  • Hla Ngwe, “Therapeutic structures in Myanmar plants”
  • San Shwe, “Archaeology teaching and research methodologies”

2:45PM: Roundtable on Prospects and Trajectories of Reform, featuring:

  • Khin Zaw Win, Tampadipa Institute
  • Khin Thidar Aye, ANU
  • Tom Kean, Frontier Myanmar
  • Prof Chaw Chaw Sein, UY

4:15PM: Conference concludes


The Update Forum is be co-hosted by the University of Yangon Department of International Relations and The Australian National University Myanmar Research Centre.

For further information, please contact:

Gerard McCarthy
Research Scholar
Department of Political and Social Change
The Australian National University
E gerard.mccarthy@anu.edu.au

Justine Chambers
Research Scholar
Department of Anthropology
The Australian National University
E justine.chambers@anu.edu.au

Nicholas Farrelly
Director, Myanmar Research Centre
The Australian National University
E nicholas.farrelly@anu.edu.au

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