Department of Southeast Asian Studies
Academic Forum Myanmar (WiMya)

Academic Forum Myanmar (WiMya)

Academic Forum Myanmar (WiMya)
Academic Forum Myanmar (WiMya)
Academic Forum Myanmar (WiMya)

The Myanmar Academic Forum was founded in January 2012 at the University of Passau. It is a network of individuals that links up researchers on Myanmar in the German-speaking world and promotes synergies in research and scientific cooperation. The forum provides support to colleagues in Myanmar and forges links with organizations working in the country. To achieve these objectives, the forum depends to a significant extent on the contacts between members and academics and activists in Myanmar, which in some cases go back more than 15 years.

Speaker of the Academic Forum Myanmar: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Korff

Secretary of the Academic Forum Myanmar: Dr. Sascha Helbardt 

Further founding members of the Academic Forum Myanmar:

Dr. Marco Bünte, GIGA Institute of Asian Studies Hamburg
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Dahm, University of  Passau
Rainer Einzenberger, Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, Bangkok
Dr. Felix Girke, Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg
Dr. Tilman Frasch, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr. Uta Gärtner, Humboldt University, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam, University of Passau
Prof. Dr. Wolfram Schaffar, University of Vienna
Dr. Wolfgang Stein, Munich State Museum of Ethnology
Dr. Klaus Wild, former ambassador of Myanmar
Dr. Stefanie Wehner, University of Passau

Recent publications

Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam, 2018: Purananuru 174: Der König mit der Glocke, oder: Woher hat Elara seinen Namen? in: Saddharmamrtam. Festschrift für Jens-Uwe Hartmann zum 65. Geburtstag, Arbeitskreis für tibetische und buddhistische Studien, Wien, 2018

Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam, 2017: Religion and Politics in Myanmar, in: Hans-Peter Grosshans, Perry Schmidt-Leukel, Samuel Nun Ling (eds.), Buddhist and Christian Attitudes to Religious Diversity, Yangon, Ling’s Family Publication, 2017

Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam, Sascha Helbardt, 2015: The Kachin of Myanmar. An Approach to a Complex Political and Social History. Internationales Asienforum, Vol. 46 (2015), No. 3–4, pp. 347–378

Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam, Rüdiger Korff 2013. Myanmar - 1988-2007: Zwei Schritte vor und drei zurück?

Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam. The historical origins of the Kachin problem in Myanmar. (in preparation)

Sascha Helbardt, Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam, Rüdiger Korff. 2013. Religionisation of Politics in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar.
In: Politics, Religion & Ideology, Vol. 14, Issue 1/2013

Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam. 2012. "Betwixt and between: Myanmar's Economy on the Verge of Take-Off?" In: Asia Pacific 03/12

Marco Bünte. 2011. Burma's transition to 'disciplined democracy': Abdiction or Institutionalization of Military Rule? GIGA-Workingpaper Nr. 177

Uta Gärtner. 2011. Education in Myanmar - A Concise Abstract of Educational Policy. Working Paper Nr. 15

Sascha Helbardt, Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam, Rüdiger Korff. 2011. Organisatorische Isomorphie oder warum gleichen sich Staaten? Thailand und Myanmar. Working paper Nr. 7

Franziska Blum, Friederike Trotier, Hans-Bernd Zöllner (Hrsg.) 2010. In their own Voice: Democracy as perceived in Burma/Myanmar 1921 - 2010. Working paper Nr. 14

More about Myanmar at Passau

In addition to meetings and workshops, the Myanmar Academic Forum regularly invites guest lecturers to speak in Passau. For students with an interest in the country we offer courses in the culture and language of Myanmar.

Guest Lecturer - Dr. Hans-Bernd Zöllner: "Muslims in Myanmar: Three Case Studies - The Riots of 1938, the Rohingya Issue, the Pantay"

Guest Lecturer - Reverend Dr. Samuel Ngun Ling, Director of the Myanmar Institute of Theology: "The situation of ethnic minorities in Myanmar"

Guest Lecturer - Prof. Dr. Pitch Pongsawat, Chulalongkorn University: "Border Partial Citizenship Regime at the Thai / Burmese Border"

Guest Lecturer - Maaike Benders, University of Amsterdam: "Civil Society Organisations in Myanmar"

Guest Lecturer - Prof. Dr. Mo Mo Thant, University of Yangon / Yangon University of Distance Education: "Higher Education at the University of Yangon and YUDE"

Guest Lecturer - Dr. Uta Gärtner: "The educational system in Myanmar"

Guest Lecturer- Dr. Jacques Leider, EFEO Chiang Mai: The rise of King Alaungmintaya (1752-1760): "Royal self-representation and political rhetoric in 18th century Myanmar"

Guest Lecturer - Dr. Hans-Bernd Zöllner: "Myanmar elections, Aung San Suu Kyi and two models of transition"

Guest Lecturer - Dr. Uta Gärtner: "Wahlen in Myanmar"

Exhibition of modern art from Myanmar on the campus of the University of Passau, including works by the artists Tun Win Aung, Win Thanda, Wah Nu and Wai Mar Nyunt.

The exhibition was supported by the Kunstverein Bad Aibling, the German-Asian Foundation and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Exhibition programme

Guest Lecturer - Dr. Hans-Bernd Zöllner: "Die Rohingyas: Konstruktion, Dekonstruktion und Rekonstruktion einer ethnisch-religiösen Identität"

Guest Lecturer and book presentation - Dr. Hans-Bernd Zöllner