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Protests, Military Coup, and Burma's Future with image of protesters

Protests, Military Coup and Burma’s Future

September 22, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.

Featuring Maxime Boutry, Associate Researcher, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France

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The double crisis, political and sanitary, that Myanmar is currently undergoing, sheds new light on the political and social transformations that have affected the country over the last ten years. Whilst the February 1st military coup literally kidnapped the hopes of a whole generation of citizens thirsting for democracy, it also revealed a failed transition, where the ghosts of decolonization continue to haunt any effort at nation building. Based on fieldwork among “ordinary citizens” in Myanmar as well as discourses in social and news media, Boutry will discuss diverse notions such as "legitimacy", “clientelism” or "federalism", and how their different understandings may reveal the underlying causes of the current crisis. Finally, although the current period is definitely a dark episode, Boutry will explore some possible positive outcomes.


Maxime Boutry

Maxime Boutry obtained a Ph.D. in social anthropology and ethnology in 2007 and has been since then living in Myanmar. His scholarly interests revolve around forms of continuity in the sociocultural changes affecting Burmese society through the study of “frontiers” (borderlands, transition spaces, interstices).




Sponsored by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.

Co-sponsored by UI International Programs, Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, UI Department of Anthropology, and UI Department of Political Science, in collaboration with the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, UI Center for Human Rights, and UI Department of Religious Studies.



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