CALL FOR PAPERS
Myanmar in Transition : Democracy, Development and Social Change
2017 Annual Meeting
Association of American Geographers (AAG)
10-14 April 2018
Marion Sabrié (Rouen University, France)
Xiaobo Su (University of Oregon, USA)
Chung-Tong Wu (Western Sydney University, Australia)
In April 2016, a democratically elected government, led by the NLD, took office in Myanmar marking a new beginning for the country. The new government has the challenge and burden of heightened expectations. It is obvious transition to democracy and what it means for development and social change will take time to unfold. While the new government takes the necessary steps to formulate policies for the challenges of the past decades, for example, ethnic armed groups and sectarian conflict, economic challenges, resource management, environmental issues and social transformations await attention. Steps to tackle issues such as peace with ethnic armed groups, sectarian conflicts, burgeoning squatter settlements, illegal buildings and development and land ownership illustrate the complexity of these issues. However, international and domestic investors seek certainty and guidance and the population demand urgent attention to improvements to their daily lives. Some foreign governments also press their case for stalled projects and agreement to new initiatives.
This proposed session welcomes papers from diverse perspectives on the spatial, environmental, social, economic and political aspects of the transition evolving in Myanmar. Our aims for this panel are: first to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the changes that are taking place, their likely consequences and their impacts on the diverse groups within Myanmar; second, to stimulate exchanges amongst researchers with an interest in Myanmar and third, to continue to develop a research network of individuals with a focus on Myanmar in order to facilitate potential research collaborations.
We welcome papers with focus on any of the following, but by no means exclusive, topics:
Joining the Session
Interested participants should send a 250-word abstract, including title, author(s), institutional affiliation(s), email address(es) and 5 key words to all three organizers: Marion Sabrié (firstname.lastname@example.org); Xiaobo Su (email@example.com) and Chung-tong Wu (firstname.lastname@example.org ) by 24 October 2017. We will need your PIN to include your paper in our panel. Please note your PIN is only activated after you have submitted your abstract to AAG and registered.