Dr Matthew Walton awarded a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy
Dr Walton has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy for an 8-month pilot project entitled Myanmar Media and Society (M.MAS). This project is a partnership between the Programme in Modern Burmese Studies at St Antony's College and the Myanmar IT for Development Organization (MIDO). The project will train research teams in six cities to conduct interviews and develop an archive of religious sermons and other public speech that can inform analysis of discourses contributing to the mobilization of mass violence in Myanmar, especially connected with religious nationalism. As the project gets underway, the Programme’s web page will post transcriptions and translations of monks’ sermons and other media as well as bi-monthly reports that will also be disseminated to government, international, and civil society actors in Myanmar.