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“Buddhist Nationalism” in Myanmar: Diverse Identities, Contested Modernities

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Kahin Center
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Part of the Ronald and Janette Gatty Lecture Series

Matthew Walton, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

In the context of Myanmar’s political opening since March 2011, “Buddhist nationalism” has made headlines due to persistent anti-Muslim sentiment and outbreaks of communal violence across the country that have been marked by religious difference. Many see a connection between these violent episodes and the rise of new Buddhist networks and organizations, including the well-known 969 and MaBaTha movements. However, these groups—and, more importantly, the diverse communities that they either represent or claim to speak for—are generally poorly understood.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Government and Religious Studies.

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Government, Southeast Asia Program

Contact E-Mail

seapgatty@cornell.edu

Contact Phone

607-255-2378

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Matthew Walton

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