Call For Papers: Myanmar Cities in Transition @ 11th ICAS (Leiden, 16 – 19 July 2019)

Call for papers.
11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS)
Leiden, The Netherlands.
16 – 19 July 2019

Myanmar Cities in transition
Dr. Maaike Matelski (Radboud University Nijmegen)
& Dr. Marion Sabrié (University of Rouen Normandy)

The impact of the economic liberalization process that has taken place in Myanmar since 2010 has been particularly visible in the country’s cities, where only 30% of its inhabitants live. While urbanization is not a recent phenomenon in the country, Myanmar studies have long focused mostly on the rural areas. During the last decade, there has been an acceleration of the urbanization process in the country, with Yangon continuing to serve as the main urban centre, and Mandalay as the second one. For decades under the military junta, urban planning was very limited. Nowadays, the cities are facing some major issues such as lack of infrastructure (for example, electricity, water, housing or road network), which the authorities try to remedy with the help of international partners. This raises the question how various actors in contemporary Myanmar deal not only with its colonial and military heritage, but also with the impact of the country’s current liberalization, a process that most Asian metropolitan areas have already gone through in earlier times.

This panel aims to provide an overview of Myanmar’s urban development in the face of globalization. In addition to the largest cities Yangon, Mandalay and the capital Naypyidaw, it seeks to cover cities in the ethnic states, including regional centers, border towns and medium-size cities. Although most research so far has focused on Yangon or Mandalay, all Myanmar cities are going through changes and facing new challenges, and each of them has a different development pattern. To study the development of other Myanmar cities allow us to analyze different perspectives on the Myanmar territory, such as the Sinicization of Upper Burma cities. Our panel welcomes papers from multidisciplinary fields on the spatial, social and economic changes and issues of Myanmar cities in transition. Our aim is to enhance understanding of the changes that are taking place in Myanmar cities, their likely consequences, and their impacts on the diverse groups living and working there.

We welcome papers with focus on any of the following contemporary topics, but by no means exclusive:

– Globalization and its challenges for Myanmar cities
– Urban governance, development and planning
– Real estate evolution
– Informal settlements and the policy of the local authorities
– Urban models & the heritage conservation
– The urban transport strategy and mobilities
– Comparative work between Myanmar cities
– Comparative work between cities in Myanmar and elsewhere in Asia

1) If you are interested, please send your paper abstract (250 words) at Maaike Matelski or Marion Sabrié before the 15th of September 2018.

2) We will let you know about the acceptation of your papers before the end of September.

3) Please note that the organizers cannot offer any financial assistance for participation in the conference. Limited financial support is available for selected PhD students, early career scholars (obtained PhD degree after 1 January 2016) and registered members of GIS Asie. Grant applications can be made here before 8 October:

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