Book Launch & Discussion: Rights Refused with Elliott Prasse-Freeman

September 15, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm UTC+7
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Please join us for a book launch and discussion with the author of “Rights Refused: Grassroots activism and state violence in Myanmar,” Elliott Prasse-Freeman on Friday, 15 September from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the 4F meeting room, operations building, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University

“For decades, the outside world mostly knew Myanmar as the site of a valiant human rights struggle against an oppressive military regime, predominantly through the figure of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. And yet, a closer look at Burmese grassroots sentiments reveals a significant schism between elite human rights cosmopolitans and subaltern Burmese subjects maneuvering under brutal and negligent governance. While elites have endorsed human rights logics, subalterns are ambivalent, often going so far as to refuse rights themselves, seeing in them no more than empty promises. Such alternative perspectives became apparent during Burma’s much-lauded decade-long “transition” from military rule that began in 2011, a period of massive change that saw an explosion of political and social activism.”

Rights Refused is released by Stanford University Press


September 15, 2023
10:30 am - 12:30 pm UTC+7
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4th floor meeting room
Operations Building, Faculty of Social Sciences
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand
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