Myanmar Musings

I run this podcast in association with the Myanmar Research Centre at the Australian National University, featuring discussions about Myanmar issues with researchers and thinkers.

  • With Shae Frydenlund, PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Colorado – Boulder, in regards to indigeneity, labour and translocal connections between the Rohingya in Myanmar and their counterparts in Colorado.
  • With Martin Michalon, PhD Candidate in Geography at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), about flows, issues and power relations at Inle Lake. A two-part episode.
  • With Oliver Slow, Chief-of-Staff at Frontier Myanmar, on the Rakhine State crisis of September 2017.
  • With Bobby Anderson, Research Associate at SOAS, University of London, on the prospects for post-peace disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of aggrieved parties in Myanmar.
  • With James Davies, a doctoral student at the University of New South Wales. James chats about communal violence, Sittwe and fieldwork in this episode.
  • With Dr Matthew Walton and Dr Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi from the University of Oxford on Buddhist Nationalism, gender and fieldwork advice for researching religion in Burma. A two-part episode.
  • With Dr Jonathan Saha, Associate Professor of Southeast Asian History at the University of Leeds, about milk (yes, tasty delicious MILK), animal history and racism in colonial Burma.
  • With Dr Melissa Crouch, Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, we discuss Islam and Muslims in Myanmar, touching on the challenges they face; the current state of and future for scholarship on this diverse demographic; and the use of Islamic personal law in Myanmar in particular.
  • With Alice Dawkins, an Australian National University Honours graduate on 1950s Shan State and how to rectify the “aggression” narrative favoured by national and Bama-centric twentieth century histories.
  • With Dr Mark Vicol, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney, on the Feeding Myanmar research project and fieldwork in southern Chin State.
  • With Tom Kean and Sean Gleeson, Editors of the weekly magazine Frontier Myanmar, on press freedom in Myanmar, 2017. A two-part episode.
  • With Kirt Mausert, Senior Program Trainer at the Institute for Political and Civic Engagement in Yangon, on misunderstandings surrounding the Rakhine and Rohingya peoples.
  • With Justine Chambers, PhD Candidate at the School of Culture, History and Languages at the Australian National University, on the moral worlds of youth in Hpa-an.
  • With Gerard McCarthy, Doctoral Fellow at the Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, on tax and non-state institutions.
  • With Dr Chit Win, a Director of the Foreign Ministry in Naypyidaw and PhD graduate from the Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs, on the recent political history of the transitional legislature.
  • With Joe Decker, (now former) Academic Director at the Chin Institute of Social Science, on education issues in Chin State.
  • With Dr Nick Cheesman, Fellow at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University and (now previously) at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, on the rule of law and “rule by law”.
  • With Dr Jane Ferguson, Lecturer at the College of Asia & the Pacific, Australian National University, on the 2014 census.