ODID DPhil co-convenes workshop on the Karen in transition

08 June, 2017

DPhil candidate Richard Dolan is to co-convene an interdisciplinary workshop on the Karen in the context of Myanmar’s ongoing political transition with Burma/Myanmar scholars from Oxford University and colleagues from the Myanmar Research Centre at the Australian National University.

The special one-day workshop will be held at St Antony’s College on Thursday 15 June 2017 and will take stock of the aspirations, adaptive strategies and politics of ordinary people and ethnic leaders in Karen State, Burma/Myanmar as well as Karen refugee and diaspora communities, following the signing of a Karen ceasefire in late 2015 and the advent of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government in early 2016.

Specifically, the workshop will consider dynamics of precarity, hybridity and resilience amongst Karen communities in Burma/Myanmar and internationally, with four panels discussing education and health; livelihoods and social protection; migration, conflict and the borderlands; and the future of Karen in Myanmar/Burma and the diaspora.

It will feature presentations by scholars and activists from the University of Oxford, Australian National University, Mobile Education Partnerships, Max Planck Institute, Central European University and Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

Find out more about the workshop.