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Arts Hall, University of Yangon

Yangon, Yangon Region


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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

Justine Chambers
Research Scholar
Department of Anthropology
The Australian National University

Nicholas Farrelly
Director, Myanmar Research Centre
The Australian National University

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