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