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Compared to other states in the region that have seen internal armed conflict and large-scale refugee movements, whether across international borders or not, Burma has proved remarkably resistant to changes allowing for peace and return. In the aftermath of the recent crackdown on peaceful processions of thousands of monks in their saffron robes, much public commentary and debate focused on the excesses of authoritarian rule in Burma/Myanmar and the wider role of the international community vis-a-vis the military regime. By contrast, this workshop redirected attention to the dynamics of displacement and humanitarianism in the context of what may be termed a 'permanent crisis' in Burma.

This workshop brought together academics, practitioners and other concerned parties to encourage informed debate and exchange. The morning session focused on International Politics, the UN and Humanitarianism, with papers prepared by Dr Peter Carey (Oxford), Jean-Francois Durieux (Oxford), David Mathieson (Human Rights Watch) and Professor Mark Duffield (Bristol). The afternoon session turned to Displacement and the Challenges of Humanitarian Assistance, with presentations by Duncan McArthur (TBBC), Ashley South (ANU), Richard Horsey (Consultant) and Chris Lewa (Arakan Project).


Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

The Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture is held in Trinity term. It is named after Professor Elizabeth Colson, a renowned anthropologist.

Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture

The Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture is named in honour of Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, the founding Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. It is held each year in Michaelmas term.

Public Seminar Series

Each term the RSC holds a series of public seminars, held on Wednesday evenings at Queen Elizabeth House. Click here for details of forthcoming seminars.

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Forthcoming events

A celebration of the life of David Turton

Saturday, 20 July 2024, 2pm to 3pm @ The Crypt Cafe, St Peters Church, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA