THE COUP AND THE CAMP: MYANMAR'S REVOLUTION AND THE PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA
In this talk, Elliott Prasse-Freeman discusses his ongoing fieldwork from Cox's Bazar refugee camps and the Thai/Burma border, exploring the effects of the ongoing revolution on the enduring issue of inter-ethnic relations. While Burmese people endorse the need to dismantle entrenched "Burmanization" - a term that denotes the domination of the country's institutions by the majority Bamar ethnicity -Rohingya wonder whether any multiethnic future in the nation would actually include them.
Elliott Prasse-Freeman, Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology department at the National University of Singapore. His forthcoming monograph, Rights Refused: Grassroots Activism and State Violence in Myanmar (Stanford University Press, September 2023) is based on long-term fieldwork in Myanmar, spanning 2004 to the 2021 coup. Prasse-Freeman also has a book project in progress on Rohingya political subjectivity amidst dislocation and mass violence, work which takes him to Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Thailand.