Myanmar 2021 – from Where to Where? Myanmar Conference 2021


Interdisciplinary Myanmar Conference, Kraków
25. – 27. May 2021

2021 marks ten years since Myanmar initiated reforms which seem under question now, following the February 1st coup. In 2011 a process of transferring power to a nominally civilian government began, to the surprise of many observers. After the remarkable win of the 2015 elections, the NLD took over the government. Nonetheless, times remained tumultuous for Myanmar and within the shortness of the past ten years, it turned from pariah to darling of the international community – only to be condemned again for its atrocities against one of the minorities, the Rohingya. Now, after the recent coup the transition is in serious danger.

The term „transition” is frequently used in this context and refers to a very ambiguous process. As the title of the conference indicates, neither the genesis nor the outcomes of the complex and fascinating recent period of Myanmar’s history can be clearly defined.

Myanmar-Institut Conference in Kraków 2021

Puls Azji, The Jagiellonian University of Kraków & Myanmar Institut invite scholars from all fields of Myanmar studies to present their research, and to share their knowledge and expertise in discussions about various aspects of Myanmar’s transformation. This year’s conference will be particularly unique and interesting. Following conferences organized by the Myanmar Institute in Bonn, Zürich, Konstanz, Passau and Stuttgart in the continuity of the conferences in Zürich and Berlin, this will be the first conference beyond the German-speaking countries at a very special place: The Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Founded in 1364, it is one of the oldest universities in Europe.

Call for Papers

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this conference will be organised online as the last conference was in Stuttgart. Abstracts of papers and panel proposals – no more than 300 words, in case of panel proposals up to 500 words – are to be submitted together with a short (biographical) note about the contributor(s) until April 23rd, 2021 to Michał Lubina ( There is no conference fee.

Warmly (if only virtually) welcome to Krakow!

The organisers will update all interested participants in due course as the pandemic situation clarifies. We will give a first general update on April 17th, 2021 and a second one in early May. If the situation worsens we may consider rescheduling the conference for October. However, for now we still hope we will be able to meet in Kraków in May.

First General Update: Final Call for Papers & Preliminary Programme

We are in the process of completing the programme. As for 17th April, the preliminary programme includes:

Keynote speech by Dr. Khin Zaw Win, the Director of Tampadipa Institute

2 Book launches. On the first day: „Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide” (Bloomsbury) by Dr. Ronan Lee and on the second day: „A Political Biography of Aung San Suu Kyi” (Routledge) by Michał Lubina

3 panel discussions on the Myanmar military coup and its consequences, the role of academics and activism

Presentations by Prof. Chosein Yamahata, Mon Mon Myat, Dr. Hans-Bernd Zöllner, Prof. Michael Lidauer & Prof. Marco Bünte, Dr. Helene Maria Kyed, Carolin Hirsch, Dr. Ronan Lee, Esther Tenberg and others.

The Final Call for abstract is 23rd April.

For more about Myanmar-Institute, see:

Yangon in 2010, photo Michał Lubina

dr hab. nauk społecznych UJ, adiunkt w IBiDW UJ, autor ośmiu książek, w tym dwóch bestsellerów naukowych ("Niedźwiedź w cieniu smoka. Rosja-Chiny 1991-2014"; "Pani Birmy.Biografia polityczna Aung San Suu Kyi") oraz prac międzynarodowych, "Russia and China. A Political Marriage of Convenience" (Oppladen-Berlin-Toronto 2017) i "A Political Biography of Aung San Suu Kyi" (Routledge: London-New York 2020)


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