Prisons and detention practices play a fundamental role in modern states in general, and authoritarian and post-authoritarian states, in particular. This project explores the historical and contemporary role of detention in Myanmar and its significance for the reconfiguration of state and society. This project will generate field-based knowledge about the history and consequences of detention practices (including structures, policies, institutional arrangements and everyday life) in Myanmar and explore how the contemporary penal system responds to the current political thaw. Using the notion of the legacy to capture the idea of practices of the past having powerful and productive effects through time the project explores how practices of detention persist yet mutate and have consequences for individuals, institutions, state and society. The project will illuminate people’s experiences of detention and the ways in which detention practices contribute to or detract from the establishment and maintenance of democracy and peace.
- How do we study prisons when they are relatively inaccessible and out of our reach? […]
- ‘We are Like Water in Their Hands’ – PhD project completed.
- Beyond the Prison Gate – Recognition through Photography and Action Research in Myanmar
- Prisoners’ Contact with the Outside World
- Rioting for Rule of Law – Prison Amnesties and Riots in Myanmar
- Disseminating Knowledge: Brief report on simultaneous events in Canberra and Copenhagen
- From the Field: Vipassana – Looking Inwards to Understand Experiences of Imprisonment in Myanmar
- Speaking with ex-detainees in Myanmar
- Change the system – not just the people
- Launching into the relatively unknown
- New PhD project examines experiences of imprisonment in Myanmar
- Call for applicants: PhD scholarships for Myanmar students
- Call for abstracts: critical perspectives on penality in SE Asia.