"Envisioning Myanmar" invites panels that consider the various ways in which the country has been conceptualized by scholars, stakeholders, and other social groups within and without the country. We welcome studies that examine how varying experiences by researchers, writers, ethnic groups, artisans, performers, NGO’s, business groups, politicians, shopkeepers, soldiers, activists and cultivators, have produced different concerns and conversations about Myanmar. As such, scholarship on any topic or theme is welcomed, but participants are also asked to think about how particular issues---scholarly, political, economic, legal, social, cultural, and humanitarian---have produced commensurate images or understandings of Myanmar.
For instance, how have issues concerning monarchy, Buddhism, the state, the periphery, ethnicity, colonialism, nationalism, or democracy created particular notions of the nation-state? How has diplomacy, capitalism, communism,
marketing, tourism, or advocacy produced representations that re,ect certain worldviews and experiences? How have debates concerning human rights, migration, development, translation, vinaya, civil liberties, gender, rule of law,
stability, or unity created expectations about what Myanmar is, who belongs in Myanmar, and what trajectories should Myanmar pursue?
We are accepting proposals for either individual papers or whole panels by 31 December 2013. Please refer to the checklist for submission details. Panelists and participants are thus encouraged to think about the relationship
between these issues and the images that have emerged within scholarly, policy, and public debates over the definition and circumstances surrounding the conceptualization of Myanmar. In this way, participants might think about how
their own research, careers, work, or projects have contributed to both the process of “envisioning” Myanmar and the various images and identities that emerged from these experiences. We welcome presentations that rigorously
investigate the perspectives and perceptions of different stakeholders and communities that have contributed to the construction of Myanmar.
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