2011


"Skin Deep: The Global Art of Tattoos"
November 18, 2011
11:45-1:30 p.m.

Catherine Raymond, Director, Center for Burma Studies
Associate Professor, Art History

Holmes Student Center Skyroom
Northern Illinois University

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Fall Symposium - "Mainland and Southeast Asia:  Museums and Heritage Sites"
October 29, 2011
8:30-4:30 p.m.

Heritage Room
Northern Illinois University

A symposium on global tourism, the desire for economic development, and ethnic or political conflicts—all are putting pressure on cultural heritage sites in mainland Southeast Asia. How are art historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, and museum curators addressing these competing interests?
A selected panel of experts at this one-day symposium hosted by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Center for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University, and co-sponsored by the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage and Museum Practices (CHAMP) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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"Politics, Gender, and Celebrity in the U.S. Campaign for Burma's 'Burma: It Can't Wait' CampaiImagegn"
March 11, 2011
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lisa Brooten, Associate Professor, Dept. of Radio-Television,
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Campus Life Building, Rm. 100
Northern Illinois University

This talk will explore the “Burma: It Can’t Wait” campaign, spearheaded by the US Campaign for Burma (USCB), which combined online and offline organizing with the draw of high profile celebrities to increase attention to the troubled Southeast Asian nation. While the USCB successfully mainstreamed their message using youth and popular culture outlets in creative new ways to promote a kind of direct action politics, by necessity, its emergence into the mainstream meant that their message echoed and reinforced the hegemonic characteristics of mainstream media. By identifying the campaign’s primary messages, we analyze how the USCB came to be recognized, according to its website, “as the most successful and effective boycott effort since the anti-apartheid struggle to end white-only rule in South Africa during the 1980s.” We will explore the gendered implications of the campaign and lessons to be learned for social movements worldwide.
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"The Curious Case of Mr. Sherlock Hare:  Race, Class, and Mental Health in British Burma"
March 4, 2011
12:00-1:00 p.m..

Trude Jacobsen, Asst. Professor, Dept. of History, Northern IL University

Campus Life Building, Rm. 100
Northern Illinois University


In 1891, Sherlock Hare was classified a “criminal lunatic” and removed from British Burma. His crime involved the lease of the Cocos-Keeling Islands. Exactly how Sherlock Hare deceived the British government is never made explicit in the records; yet he was apparently so convincing in his sane moments that the captain of the Elson allowed him to disembark before reaching the Albert Dock, where asylum officials were waiting to take him into custody. The resulting embarrassment for the British government led to an inquiry into the entire procedure for European persons deemed criminally insane in the colonies. The story of Sherlock Hare – his arrest, evaluation, incarceration, and subsequent removal to England – reveals not only a great deal about Victorian perspectives toward mental health, but also the relevance of race and class in the treatment of afflicted persons in the colonies.
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NIU's Lifetime Learning Institute to hold Burma/Myanmar Study Group this Spring
Every Wednesday in March 16 - May 4, 2011
1 - 3 p.m.
Northern Illinois University

The Institute is offering a Wednesday study group beginning March 16 to learn about the history, culture, geography, politics, international relations, and everyday life in Burma/Myanmar from faculty associates of NIU’s centers for Burma Studies and Southeast Asian Studies. “This promises to be a visually rich study group as NIU’s Southeast Asian studies faculty share their photographs, from slides taken in the 1970s to digital pictures taken as recently as December 2010,” said former CSEAS associate Arlene Neher, who is convening the group with Catherine Raymond, director of the Center for Burma Studies, professor Kenton Clymer (history), and emeritus faculty Richard Cooler, Clark Neher, and George Spencer plus several international students from Burma. group For details, contact the institute at 815-753-5200 or LASEP@niu.edu


"Reforming State Abuse in Burma: Governmental Change and Grassroots Projects"
February 16, 2011
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Shahin Aftabizadeh, M.A. Candidate in Anthropology
Campus Life Building, Rm. 100
Northern Illinois University
Sponsored by: Roger W. Smith Genocide and Human Rights Institute
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"New and Renew"
January 27, 2011
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Catherine Raymond, Director, Center for Burma Studies
and Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Art History
Olson Gallery, Jack Arends Hall
Northern Illinois University
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