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Two years after Myanmar’s military coup survivors of Rohingya genocide and victims of post-coup atrocities file joint complaint

By Maaike Matelski On 8 December 2022, Nickey Diamond visited the VU for two lectures. Nickey is an activist from Myanmar who recently started a PhD in Anthropology…

British Colonialism and Railways to Nowhere in Northern Burma

In Northern Burma there is a railway bridge, the Gokteik Viaduct. It was completed in 1900 by a Pennsylvania steel company under contract to the British government, which…

Khin Thazin and Stephen Campbell: How the Myanmar coup has impacted migrant workers abroad

The February 2021 military coup in Myanmar put an end to the country’s ten-year period of quasi-civilian electoral rule—the so-called democratic transition, as it was optimistically called. Since…

Who gets to be ‘Myanmar’ at the ICJ?

The Myanmar military will appear at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on 21 February 2022. Their main interest does not lie in defending the…

Michael Edwards: Graeber, Leach, and the Revolution in Myanmar

I would never have expected Ruth to join the revolution. But then so much of what’s happened in Myanmar this past year has been somehow unexpected, from the…

Myanmar anthropologists dismissed

By Maaike Matelski – In this picture, anthropology students from Yangon University show the ‘three fingers salute’ for democracy. Students and university staff across Myanmar have been protesti…

Military coup in Myanmar: back to square one?

In the early morning of 1 February, the day that a newly elected government was supposed to convene, Myanmar’s military staged a coup, taking government leaders captive and…

Stephen Campbell: What can workers expect in post-coup Myanmar?

International media coverage of the February 1st military coup in Myanmar has been rather consistent. The focus, overwhelmingly, has been on the detention of State Counsellor and Nobel…

Ghosts Look Over the Shoulders of Myanmar Peace Negotiators

Infrastructure, Maintenance, and Waste in a Myanmar Hospital by Nora Wuttke

Design by okb-buro.com Hand sketches shown in with this article are by the author from her fieldwork in Yangon in 2020. All images copyright by Nora Wuttke. The…

Christine Wilson 2020 Graduate Award Winner

SAFN is happy to announce that the 2020 winner of the Christine Wilson Award for a graduate student is Terese Gagnon, of Syracuse University, for her essay, “’There…

Special Episode: The Familiar Strange & All Things Myanmar with Myanmar Musings!

The Familiar Strange · Special Episode: The Familiar Strange & All Things Myanmar with Myanmar Musings! Surprise! We are so pleased to show you all a collaborative project…

#Corona: Connected by extension – How paying connects old regimes and new isolations

  The situation in Myanmar during and shortly after my fieldwork in March 2020 reminded me of the uncertainty of knowledge and call for prudence which started the…

Research ethics, violated

Recently on a scholar’s email listserv dealing with Myanmar (Burma) issues, I  learned that at some universities in Australia, Singapore, and beyond, scholars intent on doing work in…

Reading Myanmar—‘Miss Burma’ and the Liberal Conscience

The Elephants, the Peace Process, and the Blindmen in a Myanmar Hotel Ballroom

How to Read a WEIRD Evidence-Based Yangon Consultancy Report

Stephen Campbell: Touring Myanmar’s leftist history

For more by the author, see his article “Putting-Out’s Return: Informalization and Differential Subsumption in Thailand’s Garment Sector” in Focaal, freely available to all rea…

Thinking about Yangon: Normalcy or Conflict?

The R-word and the G-word: On counting and accountability in the case of the Rohingya

Given the sensitivity of this issue, this article was previously published anonymously on the blog operated by the former AAA Committee for Human Rights. The author is currently writing…

Try a Little Legal Tenderness

This financial speculation essay acknowledges the inspiration of the Dick Jensen version of the song, “Try a Little Tenderness,” in its principal guiding pun; it is a suggested…

Unpicking an (A)moral Anthropological Stance: Ongoing Violence in Myanmar

REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain Introduction by Maaike Matelski In June 2015 the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology organized a seminar on account of the increasing number of Rohingya refug…

Unpicking an (A)moral Anthropological Stance: Ongoing violence in Myanmar

Author: Justine Chambers, Doctoral candidate with the Department of Anthropology, School of Culture, History and Languages (CHL) at the Australian National University. You can read more about her…

Soe Lin Aung: Three theses on the crisis in Rakhine

By now, the main contours of the recent events in Rakhine State, in western Myanmar, are well-known. On August 25, an insurgent group calling itself the Arakan Rohingya…