Modern Burmese Studies at St Antony's

Dr Walton talks with faculty from the International Relations Department at the University of Yangon outside a student residence building that was in the process of being refurbished." Copyright Ed Nash, 2013.

Modern Burmese Studies at St Antony's

1 January 2016

The Programme on Modern Burmese Studies, led by Dr Matthew Walton (Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow) has been highlighted as an example of the recent upsurge in support and collaboration with Myanmar. The Times Higher Education article by Matthew Reisz notes how, when accepting her honoray doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi Her recalled “very precious memories” of her student days and said that she would “like to see university life restored to Burma in all its glory. And I would be so grateful if my old university, the University of Oxford, could help to bring this about once again.

Dr Walton’s research focuses on religion and politics in Southeast Asia, with a special emphasis on Buddhism in Myanmar. Dr Walton has been part of an international group of scholars working with Myanmar university counterparts in redesigning the political science curriculum after years of government suppression of the discipline. He is currently a senior policy consultant to The Elders on Myanmar issues and regularly briefs diplomats and NGOs on politics in Myanmar. Matt is also one of the co-founders of the Myanmar Media and Society (M.MAS) project and of the Oxford-Myanmar blog Tea Circle.

Dr Walton is currently fundraising with St Antony's College and the Department of Politics and International Relations for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Political Education in Myanmar. This post would help develop Modern Burmese Studies at the University of Oxford, and would enable the postholder to work with colleagues in Myanmar on curriculum development and in creating Burmese language materials for use in the classroom.

To read more about the impact that such a post could have, please see the Case for Support document.