TAPSA: "Learning from Violence: institutionalized Responses to Buddhist-Muslim Violence in Myanmar"

On August 25th 2017, an attack by Muslim rebels on police outposts in Western Myanmar and the military’s brutal response ignited a humanitarian crisis that the UN has labeled a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Although striking to the West, the violence in Rakhine State was not surprising to many in Myanmar. In Rakhine State as elsewhere in the country, communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims has occurred sporadically since at least the late 19th century. Incidents of violence are in no way inevitable, nor are they always the same, but communities that have experienced violence in the past have learned from these experiences and developed responses to potentially violent situations. The dissertation uses ethnographic and interview data to explore the ways in which communities experience and respond to recurrent communal violence.

Presented by doctoral candidate Nathaniel Gonzalez, Department of Sociology

Dates: 
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 5:00pm
Foster 103