‘Communal Violence in Myanmar’s Transition: Justifying Narratives and Information Pathways’

‘Communal Violence in Myanmar’s Transition: Justifying Narratives and Information Pathways’

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Venue: 
MGA Lecture Room, St Hugh's College
Speaker(s): 
Dr Matthew J Walton (St Antony's College)
Mr Matt Schissler (independent scholar)
Ms Phyu Phyu Thi (Myanmar ICT for Development Organization)

The Myanmar Media and Society project is housed under the Programme on Modern Burmese Studies at St Antony's College under the leadership of Dr Matthew J Walton, with a research team in Myanmar led by Mr Matt Schissler and Ms Phyu Phyu Thi. This project seeks to understand the narratives that justify violence in contemporary Myanmar and how they are circulated throughout the population on- and offline, paying particular attention to religious and national identities. Presenting preliminary analysis of interviews in six cities in Myanmar, the team will discuss the dynamics related to the production of violence and dominant perceptions within and between groups as well as the ways in which certain narratives have primarily local resonance while others have currency nation-wide. They will also address the implications for campaigns designed to limit inter-communal violence and promote inter-religious peace-building.