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GETSEA Mini Course: Scholar-Activism and the Myanmar Spring Revolution
The consortium for Graduate Education and Training in Southeast Asian Studies (GETSEA) is offering free and virtual mini-course this fall, open to all graduate students studying Southeast Asia.
This course does not offer credit, but students are encouraged to work with a faculty member at their own institution to count the course as an independent study credit. Priority will be given to M.A. and Ph.D. students from GETSEA member institutions, however, students from all institutions are welcome to apply. The course entails a workload of equivalent to roughly one credit. Only those committed to completing all aspects of course should apply. Applications are due September 20, 2021.
Instructors: Dr. Hilary Faxon, UC Berkeley and Dr. Tharaphi Than, Northern Illinois University
Course Duration: Every Wednesday from Oct 20, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 (5pm PST to 7pm PST)
This course introduces and interrogates Burma Studies alongside contemporary Myanmar writing and global theory in order to build a more progressive future for engaged scholarship. The interactive course will be structured around five, 2 hour meetings, divided between seminar discussion and workshopping. For the first part of each meeting, students will discuss readings, which include: 1) global decolonial and feminist theory 2) contemporary scholarly work on Myanmar 3) literature, essays and articles by contemporary Myanmar authors. During the first two meetings, instructor and guest lectures will build on readings and research experiences to develop a collective framework for an engaged Burma Studies and model collaborative and situated ways of research, thinking and teaching. The final half of each of the subsequent three meetings will be run as workshops in which instructors and peers provide constructive feedback on student papers and proposals, with a goal of improving and supporting relevant, realistic and analytically rigorous projects. We aim to inspire and sustain a new generation of engaged Burma Studies scholars. To this end, we expect students not only to prepare for reading discussions and peer workshops, but also to continuously reflect on their own engagement with Burma Studies. Some helpful questions include: 1) Who are you reading for your research? 2) How many Burmese scholars/authors’ works have you read? 3) Where do you look for your research materials? 4) How do you write about your participants, friends, enemies and interlocutors? 5) Who are you speaking to when you write? 6) Are Burmese audiences important for your work? 7) Where do you want to publish your work and why? 8) Who counts as an author? 9) Have you engaged with any Burmese communities for your work? 10) Which aspect of your scholarship do you like the best and why? Students will reflect on these and other questions throughout the course by filling out a course journal designed to help them incorporate decolonizing models into their own research projects and scholarly praxis.
Full syllabus is available at https://cornell.app.box.com/s/80rmlnfv53qfaioqo0e1k0z9zi0wfkdw