The International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies was first organized in July 2015 at Chiang Mai University in collaboration with the University of Mandalay. ICBMS1 brought together 543 participants from 29 countries and a wide diversity of backgrounds — scholars, researchers, journalists, NGO workers and observers from Burma/Myanmar, as well as from around the world — to engage in discussion on Myanmar’s transition.
ICBMS2 was held in Mandalay 16-18 February 2018, hosted by the University of Mandalay.
ICBMS3 was planned for October 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The conference was held in early March of 2021, just as the military coup inside Myanmar began to devolve into widespread violence and open conflict.
The conference has continued through a time of tremendous upheaval both worldwide and in Myanmar, and ICBMS4 is scheduled to be hosted by Chiang Mai University in 2024.
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