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Writing and publishing workshop in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar


Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar, November 5-8, 2018

A Writing and Publishing Workshop

Across a  four day workshop a group of junior and senior researchers joined to present ongoing research in Myanmar, Yunnan, Northeast India, and Bangladesh, and to discuss means and ways of publishing research in print and digital media.

The workshop was organised locally by the Kachinland Research Centre. It brought together researchers from China, Myanmar, Mizoram and Manipur in northeast India, Bangladesh, China, Singapore and Japan, who all shared their experiences and compared the different challenges they face in reaching a wider audience through publishing their work more broadly and in English. In addition to the India-China Corridor project team, the workshop included members of the School of Oriental and African Studies’s staff, including Dr Patrick Meehan (Development Studies) and Professor Emma Crewe (Anthropology) who spoke about making successful grant applications, and a former History MA student, Golan Naulak, who presented a paper on the history of identity politics in Mizoram. Dr Gustaaf Houtman, editor of Anthropology Today, gave advice on setting up and running online journals. A well known Japanese academic of Burmese origin, Dr Chosein Yamahata, talked about his experience of working as an academic across multiple trans-Asian academic contexts and publishing in different languages.

The event was funded jointly by the British Academy and the India-China Corridor project.

The aims of the workshop was

1. To provide information about the nature of the academic publishing industry to improve the ability to take informed decisions about what, where and when to publish and the alternatives that might be available to them

2. Give support for developing a personalized strategic publication plan to suit their individual career and other goals

3. Contribute to outline a specific publication plan for the paper presented at the workshop, or an alternative paper if that should be more appropriate

4. To give advice on other forms of output that bring academic prestige (grant applications) and/or enhance their professional profile

5. To make sure the participants will leave with a clearer understanding of the competing demands on researchers to publish and how they can manage these pressures to best advance their professional lives and manage the pressures upon them to publish

November 5th 2018

Session 1: 9.30am – 11.00am

Global-local interactions; aspiration and transformation; generational divides; youth; imaginaries of change, revolution and of the future; connectivities; information flows; education; globalization, life strategies, neoliberal globalization, contemporary Bangladesh

Chair: Professor Gunnel Cederlӧf

Discussant: Dr Chosein Yamahata

Dr Kazuyo Minamide, Associate Professor, Faculty of International Studies and Liberal Arts, St. Andrew’s University, Japan

Pursuing Contemporary Young Generation in Bangladesh: locating their life strategies and identity politics in global settings

Dr Cao Yin, Associate Professor, Department of History, Tsinghua University, China

Bombs in Beijing (1910) and Delhi (1912): Connecting Marginalized Histories of Modern China and India

Session 2: 11.30am – 1.00pm

Authority; traditional systems’ state vs. non-state; justice; legitimacy; construction or systems; sovereignty; regional systems; post-conflict; conflict resolution

Chair: Lahpai Zau Gun

Discussant: Dr Patrick Meehan

Yang Yi, PhD Candidate (Anthropology), East China Normal University

Settling on the Border: Emotion, Morality and Social Interaction of a Yunnanese Family in “the City of Golden Triangle”

Myat Thet Thitsar, Executive Director, Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (EMReF), Yangon, Myanmar

Formality Phobia: Fear of Formality In Justice Provision In Myanmar

Session 3: 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Media; public culture; popular movements; resistance; rumour; inclusion and exclusion; religious conflict, resources; value chain; discourse power

Chair: Maran Ja Htoi Pan

Discussant: Dr Mandy Sadan

Yang Mingyue, PhD Candidate (Ethnology), Institute of Ethnology, Yunnan University

Dilemma of Discourse Power: An empirical study on profit distribution among groups in the value chain of cross-border trade in jade

Danseng Lawn, Director, Kachinland Research Centre

Research report on media and parliaments in Kachin State in 1950s

Session 4: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

History, narrative, symbol, cross-border relations, inclusion and exclusion, peace accords and ceasefires

Chair: Sai Kyi Zin Soe

Discussant: Professor Willem van Schendel

Chenxue You, PhD Candidate (History), National University of Singapore

Asia Enters European Game: The Border Making of between British Burma and China, 1894-1948

Golan Suanzamung Naulak, Independent researcher

The Reluctant Zo identity: Mediating state, nation and history in the Indo-Burma borderland

November 6th 2018

Session 5: 9.30am – 11.00am

Chair: Jasnea Sarma

Discussant: Dr Gustaaf Houtman

Dr Zhong Xiaoxin, Post-doctoral fellow of Institute of Myanmar Studies, Yunnan University

Strong-etiquette and Weak-attachment: Ethnographing the Social Structure of a Burmese Village

Sai Kyi Zin Soe, PhD Candidate (Health Studies), Centre for Disability Research and Policy, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Sydney

Impact of donor aid policy on disability inclusion in Myanmar

Resettlement, migration, effects, social norms and change, social structure, affect, place making, identity, symbols

Session 6: 11.30am – 1.00pm

Social memory, place-making, cross-border influences, affect, environment and contingency; urban development, social identities

Chair: Dr Cao Yin

Discussant: Professor Dan Smyer Yu

Jasnea Sarma, PhD Candidate (Asian Studies and Political Geography), National University of Singapore

Living Anatyoungmyay ‘the Black place’ - Moving bodies, borders and ethnonationalisms between India-Myanmar-China

Ja Htoi Pan, Associate Director, Kachinland Research Centre

The Politics of Drugs Eradication Grassroots Activism in Northern Shan State in Myanmar

Session 7: 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Place-making, cross-border influences, affect, environment and contingency; social identities, inclusion and exclusion, adaptation

Chair: Dr Kazuyo Minamide

Discussant: Professor Gunnel Cederlӧf

Dr Malem Ningthouja, Independent researcher

British Empire, Manipur Frontier and the Evolution of Manipur-Burma Boundary from 1826 to 1896

Dr Fariba Alamgir, Research Associate, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, UK

Making of Frontier in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh

Session 8: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Group discussion on the papers and thinking about the writing workshop to follow. 

7-8 November

These days focused on publication and centred on the following themes:

  • Clarifying your personal publication needs and desires: Choosing routes to publication

  • Understandingand navigating the changing publication landscape

  • Navigating the publication process

  • Challenging the dominance of western publication hierarchies: setting up and contributing to local online journals. Case Study: Anthropology

  • Other forms of academic prestige (1): Writing grant applications, and (2): Building your online profile

  • Feedback about individual publication plans