'Myanmar (Burma) – The Political Scene' with Professor Ian Holliday

Date :
22 August 2012, Wednesday
Time :
18:00 Registration; 18:30 Lecture
Venue :
1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU
Cost :
$120 Member; $180 Non-member; Free for trip participants and students with valid ID
Note :
Optional dinner with speaker afterwards on share-cost basis
Enquiries :
Sef Lam at [email protected] or 2525-5063

In conjunction with our October trip to Burma, we are pleased to invite Professor Ian Holliday to give us a lecture on recent Burmese history.

Professor Holliday will discuss Burmese history since the advent of colonial rule in the nineteenth century, the long period of military control that stretched across most of the last 50 years, the reform process now taking place in the country, and the challenges that lie ahead.

The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

We have requested Professor Holliday for his kind permission to sell his book 'Burma Redux: Global Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar' (New York: Columbia University Press).

Ian Holliday is a professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at The University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on Burma/Myanmar: issues of political development and reform inside the country, and issues of political engagement confronting actors in the wider world. His teaching addresses dilemmas of humanitarian intervention. Each summer he directs the MOEI programme, which takes students to the Thai-Burma border and other parts of Southeast Asia to deliver intensive English language classes in marginalized and impoverished communities. In 2011, he published 'Burma Redux: Global Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar' (New York: Columbia University Press). Prior to that, he published a series of articles on related themes. He co-edits the journal, 'Contemporary Politics', and was a founding co-editor of 'Party Politics' and of the 'Journal of Asian Public Policy'. He serves on about a dozen journal editorial boards. He was educated at the University of Cambridge (BA/MA) and the University of Oxford (MPhil/DPhil). He taught at the University of Manchester in the 1990s and at City University of Hong Kong in the early 2000s. In the late 1990s he was a Fulbright scholar at New York University. From 2006 to 2011, he was Dean of Social Sciences at The University of Hong Kong.