Conferences

2004 International Burma Studies Conference Program

Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115 USA
October 22-24, 2004

FRIDAY, October 22

10:00-12:00pm
Registration  - Outside Regency Room

12:00-12:30pm
Buffet Lunch - Regency Room

12:30-1:00pm
Opening remarks - Regency Room

Speakers:
Dr. Rathindra Bose
Vice President for Research and
Dean of the Graduate School

Dr. Harold Kafer
Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Dr. Catherine Raymond
Director, Center for Burma Studies

Religious Personages, Religion, and Environment – Regency Room

1:00-1:20pm
Dominic Nardi - "The Green Buddha: The Role of Buddhist Civil Society in Environmental Conservation in Myanmar"

1:20-1:40pm
Jason Carbine - "Defending the Front-Line Fortress: Transmitting the Patthana in Contemporary Burma"

1:40-2:00pm
Jacques Leider - "Specialists for Magic, Ritual and Devotion: Studying the Punnas of the Early Konbaung Period"

2:00-2:30pm
Discussion and break

Crossing Burmese Boundaries: Negotiating Ethnicity, Nation, and Gender

2:30-2:50pm
Chie Ikeya - "Tropes and Traps of the Modern Female: A Gender History of Late Colonial Burma"

2:50-3:10pm
Jaspal Singh - "The Indian Diaspora in Burma and Identity Politics in Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace and Mira Kamdar’s Motiba’s Tattoos"

3:10-3:30pm
Joseph Cheah - "The Function of Monastic Site in the Maintenance of Burmese Culture and Identity"

3:30-3:50pm
Tamara Ho - "Women of the Temple: Burmese Buddhism and Gender in a U.S. Frame"

3:50-5:00pm
Discussion and break

Tribute to May Kyi Win
May Kyi Win, for the last ten years, was the former curator of the Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Library Collection, Founders Memorial Library at Northern Illinois University. She was a devout Buddhist and was loved by everyone. She passed away two years ago.

5:00-6:30pm
Founders Memorial Library, 4th Floor, Room 403

Opening Remarks: Dean Arthur Young

    * Homage
    * Exhibition - "Envisioning Burma:  Selections from the Burma Collection at Northern Illinois University Libraries"
    * Reception

7:00pm
Dinner at the Chandelier Room

SATURDAY, October 23 
(Panel 1, Regency Room)

7:00-10:00am
Breakfast buffet available – Regency Room

Language, Literature, and Linguistics

8:40-9:00am
Richard Kunst - "Paper on Wa lexicography"

9:00-9:20am
Maung Tha Noe - "The Grammar of Pugam"

9:20-9:50am
Discussion and tea break

9:50-10:10am
Saw Tun - "Language of the Past: A Study of the Colloquial Burmese (1750-1850)"

10:10-10:30am
Avon Crismore - "Teaching and Learning English in Burma Today: Places and People"

10:30-11:00am
Discussion and tea break

11:00-11:20am
Vincent Berment - "Sylla and GMSWord: Applications for Computerizing Myanmar Languages"

11:20-11:40am
Justin Watkins - "U 8 chin p lar:P ?!? the Language of Burmese Internet Chat"

11:40-12:00pm
Vicki Bowman - "Pulp Fiction Amongst the Pagodas, Rangoon Romance"

12:00-1:00pm
Discussion and lunch – Regency Room

The State of Burma I

1:00-1:20pm
Ikuko Okamoto - "Agricultural Marketing Liberalization and the Rural Economy in Myanmar (Burma)

1:20-1:40pm
Wylie Bradford - "Economic Push-Factors in Burma-Thailand Labour Migration: Inferences From Official Wage Data"

1:40-2:00pm
Alison Vicary - "Survey: The Economics of Migrant Workers in Thailand"

2:00-2:30pm
Discussion and tea break

2:30-2:50pm
Paul Sarno - "The Impact of Socialist Law on the Burmese Legal System (1962-1976)"

2:50-3:10pm
Cindy Kleinmeyer - "Transitional Justice Strategies on the Thai- Burma Border: Analyzing the Theory and the Practice"

3:10-3:30pm
Angelene Naw - "Aung San and Aung San Suu Kyi’s Policy Towards the Karens"

3:30-4:00pm
Discussion and tea break

4:00-4:20pm
Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung - "The Karens in Burma: A Political Dilemma"

4:20-4:40pm
Tin Maung Maung Than - "Aspiring to be a Developmental State: Myanmar’s Development Experience since 1948"

4:40-5:00pm
Tun Myint - "Origins of the Challenges in the Making of Modern New Burma"

5:00-6:00pm
Discussion and break

6:00-7:15pm
Museum opening at Altgeld Hall with reception

Speakers: 
Dr. Rathindra Bose
Vice President for Research and
Dean of the Graduate School

Peggy Doherty
Director, NIU Art Museum

Dr. Catherine Raymond
Director, Center for Burma Studies

7:15pm
Dinner - Chandelier Room

8:15pm
Keynote speaker U Thaw Kaung - "Myanmar Literary Criticism of the Twentieth Century, a Survey" - Chandelier Room

SATURDAY, October 23 
(Panel 2, Capitol Room)

7:00-10:00am
Breakfast buffet available – Regency Room

Cultural Interfaces

9:30-9:50am
Joerg Schendel - "Trade, Identity, and Imperialism in Upper Burma"

9:50-10:10am
Jean Berlie - "Past and Present of the Rakhine Muslims"

10:10-10:30am
F. K. Lehman (F.K.L. Chit Hlaing) - "Remarks on the Ethnography of the Chinese in Burma from the China Border: Preliminary Results of a Year's Fieldwork (2003)"

10:30-11:00am 
Discussion and tea break

Music

11:00-11:20am
Christopher A. Miller - "Songs of the Pa’O: Music, Text, and Meaning in Taunggyi"

11:20-11:40am
Gavin Douglas - "‘Tit Pya, Hnit Pya’ and ‘The Beautiful Collision of Nations’: Burmese Music and the World Music Market"

11:40-12:00pm
Ward Keeler - "What's Burmese About Burmese Rap?"

12:00-1:00pm
Discussion and lunch – Regency Room

Art & Archaeology

1:00-1:20pm
U Nyein Lwin - "Archaeological excavations at Letpanywa"

(read by Alexandra Green)

1:20-1:40pm
Roxanna Brown - "Burmese Ceramics Export"

1:40-2:00pm
Charlotte Galloway - "Stylistic Change During in the Early Pagan Period (1044–1113)"

2:00-2:30pm
Discussion and tea break

2:30-2:50pm
Lilian Handlin - "The Changing Landscape of Pali Buddhism in Pagan"

2:50-3:10pm
Alexandra Green - "The Narrative Murals of Tilokaguru Cave-temple: A Reassessment after Jane Terry Bailey"

3:10-3:30pm
Catherine Raymond - "The Burmese Art Collection at Northern Illinois University as a Teaching Resource and a Key to Burmese Civilization"

3:30-4:00pm
Discussion and tea break

4:00-4:20pm
Cynthia Warso - "The Pointing Buddha Image as Centerpiece for King Mindon’s Construction Program at Mandalay"

4:20-4:40pm
April Tin Tin Aye - "Nineteenth Century Burmese Parabaik Paintings As Visual Narratives"

4:40-5:00pm
Susan Conway - "Power Dressing Court Dress: Lan Na Shan Siam"

5:00-5:20pm
Yin Ker - "'Modern Burmese Painting According to Bagyi Aung Soe (1923-1990)"

5:20-6:00pm
Discussion and break

6:00-7:15pm 
Museum opening at Altgeld Hall with reception                

Speakers:
Dr. Rathindra Bose
Vice President for Research and
Dean of the Graduate School

Peggy Doherty
Director, NIU Art Museum

Dr. Catherine Raymond
Director, Center for Burma Studies

7:15pm
Dinner - Chandelier Room

8:15pm
Keynote speaker U Thaw Kaung - "Myanmar Literary Criticism of the Twentieth Century, a Survey" - Chandelier Room

SUNDAY, October 24

7:00-10:00am
Breakfast buffet available – Regency Room

State of Burma II – Capitol Room

8:50-9:10am
Lisa Brooten - "The Media, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the Feminization of Democracy"

9:10-9:30am
Donald M. Seekins - "Public Spaces in Rangoon (Yangon): Their Transformation after 1988"

9:30-9:50am
Kyaw Yin Hlaing - "The State of Social Capital in Myanmar"

9:50-10:20am
Discussion and break

10:20-12:20pm
Roundtable discussion organized by David Steinberg

12:20-12:30pm
Closing remarks