Buddhist Interventions in Myanmar: a genealogy of 'political' monks

Colloquium with Prof. Juliane Schober, Director of the Center for Asian Research at Arizona State University

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
243 Royce Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This lecture explores the seeming contradictions between Burmese monks demonstrating for democracy and advocating loving kindness in 2007 and more recent reports of Buddhist agitation against Muslim minorities and communal violence perpetrated against Rohingya communities. In the course of tracing the political discourse of monks in Myanmar, Juliane Schober highlights a diversity of views members of the Buddhist sangha have expressed in modern contexts that range from traditional restrictions on monastic involvement in politics to anti-colonial activism, pro-democracy protests, socially engaged movements and contemporary forms of Buddhist nationalism.

Juliane Schober is Director of the Center for Asian Research at Arizona State University. She is an anthropologist of religion with extensive ethnographic work on Buddhism and society in Myanmar. Her publications include a recent book on Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Myanmar: Cultural Narratives, Colonial Legacies and Civil Society. She is currently leading a collaborative project on Theravada Buddhist Civilizations in Southeast Asia, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Cost : Free and open to the public.

Tel: 310-206-9163

Sponsor(s): Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Center for Buddhist Studies • 11385 Bunche Hall • Box 951487 • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487
Tel: (310) 825-2089 • Fax: (310) 206-3555 • Email: buddhist@international.ucla.edu

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