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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Maitrii V. AUNG-THWIN
COORDINATOR, COMPARATIVE ASIAN STUDIES PHD PROGRAM
DEPARTMENT of HISTORY
National University of Singapore
10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260

       
Appointment: ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Office: AS1/05-34
Email: hismvat@nus.edu.sg
Tel: +65 6516-6053
Fax: +65 6774-2528
Homepage: http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/hismvat/
  
 
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| Brief Introduction | Teaching Areas | Current Research | Research Interests | Publications | GRADUATE STUDENTS SUPERVISED | Awards and Distinctions | Professional Affiliation | Editorial Boards and Advisory Posts

Brief Introduction Top

Maitrii Aung-Thwin received his PhD from the University of Michigan (2001) where he studied Burmese and Southeast Asian history. He has lived and worked in Southeast Asia for over a decade.


Teaching Areas Top

Dr. Aung-Thwin offers a range of undergraduate and graduate modules in Asian and World History. Some of his more regular undergraduate courses include "Introduction to Southeast Asian History", "Introduction to World History", "Asia in the Modern World", and "History of Myanmar". Graduate courses recently offered include "Rebellion and Resistance in Colonial Southeast Asia", "Approaches to Southeast Asian History" and "Approaches to World History: Indian Ocean Encounters".


Current Research Top

Dr. Aung-Thwin's current research is broadly concerned with the social history of nation-building and in particular the role of Burmese scholar-officials in the epistemological construction of Myanmar. Focusing on intellectuals from the 1950s, the project explores (through oral and textual histories) the lives and careers of individuals behind Myanmar's public history. A related component of this project explores the experiences of education officials in the forging and implementation of a national language policy in the 1950s and 1960s. Dr. Aung-Thwin is also developing a project that examines the relationship between Myanmar nation-building and Buddhist transnationalisms in South and Southeast Asia through the activities of Myanmar's religious and business communities.


Research Interests Top

Dr. Aung-Thwin is interested in questions that pertain to historiography, intellectual history and the construction of knowledge in and about Southeast Asia. Much of his research has been influenced by area-studies writings on colonialism/post-colonialism, ethno-history, socio-legal studies, public history, the history of anthropology, Buddhist scholarship, and heritage.


Publications Top

BOOKS/MONOGRAPHS AUTHORED

  • 2013. A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times: Traditions and Transformations with Michael Aung-Thwin (Revised and Updated), London: Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press.
  • 2012. A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times: Traditions and Transformations, with Michael A. Aung-Thwin, Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press.
  • 2011. The Return of the Galon King: History, Law, and Rebellion in Colonial Burma, Ohio University Press.
  • 2010. A New History of Southeast Asia, with M.C. Ricklefs, Bruce Lockhart, Albert Lau, and Portia Reyes, Palgrave-Macmillan.

ARTICLES IN JOURNAL

  • 2013. "Recovering Peasant Politics in Colonial Burma: Orientalism, Rebellion, and the Law", Journal of Comparative Law, 7:2. 
  • 2013. "Reassessing Myanmar's Glasnost" in Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, CSEAS, Kyoto University.
  • 2012. “Towards a National Culture: Chinlone and the Making of a National Sport in Postcolonial Myanmar”, Sports in Society, Vol. 15, No. 10.
  • 2010. “Healing, Rebellion, and the Law: “Ethnologies of Medicine in Colonial Burma, 1928-1932”, Journal of Burma Studies, Vol. 14, September.
  • 2008. “Structuring Revolt: Communities of Interpretation in the Historiography of the Saya San Rebellion”, Vol. 39, (2), Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, June.
  • 2008. “Introduction: Communities of Interpretation and the Construction of Modern Myanmar”, Vol. 39, (2) Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, June.
  • 2003. “Genealogy of a Rebellion Narrative: Law, Ethnology, and Culture in Colonial Burma”, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 34 (3), October.

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

  • 2013. "Nationalism and Postcolonial Identity in Southeast Asia: Defining Communities" in Norman G. Owen (ed.) Routledge Handbook to Southeast Asian History, Routledge. 
  • 2012. "Remembering Kings: Archives, Resistance, and Memory in Colonial and Postcolonial Burma", in Roxana Waterson (ed), Contestations of Memory in Southeast Asia, Singapore: NUS Press.
  • 2011. “The Limping Monk and the Deaf King: Peasant Politics, Subaltern Agency, and the Postcolonial Predicament in Colonial Burma”, in Kenneth Hall and Michael Aung-Thwin (eds), New Perspectives on the History and Historiography of Southeast Asia: Continuing Explorations Routledge.
  • 2010. “Discourses of Emergency in Colonial and Post-colonial Burma” in Victor V. Ramraj and Arun K. Thiruvengadam (eds) Emergency Powers in Asia: Exploring the Limits of Legality, Cambridge University Press.
  • 2008. “Water and Polity in Pre-colonial Southeast Asia: A Preliminary Historiography”, in Peter Borschberg and Martin Krieger (eds) Water and State in Europe and Asia, Manohar Press.

COMPILATION WORK ON BOOKS

  • 2005. “Anti-colonialism, Southeast Asia” in New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Charles Scribner and Sons.
  • 2005. “Westernization, Southeast Asia” in New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Charles Scribner and Sons.
  • 2005. “Colonialism, Southeast Asia” in New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Charles Scribner and Sons.

EDITORIAL WORK ON JOURNALS

  • 2008. "Communities of Interpretation and the Making of Myanmar", Guest Editor, Special Issue of the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 39, No. 2.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

    • 2013.  “Towards a National Culture in Myanmar: Public History, Identity, and the Making of the National Museum System, 1952-1962”, International Convention of Asian Scholars, Macao, China.
       
    • 2012. “Imperial Inter-texuality and the Making of a Burmese-Bengali Criminal: Saya San’s Connection to the Chittagong Armory Raid Case of 1930”, International Burma Studies Conference, Northern Illinois University.
       
    • 2012.  “Communities of Interpretation and the Intellectual Histories of Southeast Asia”, The Development of Southeast Asian Historical and Political Discourse, SEASREP, Bali, Indonesia.
       
    • 2012.  “The Shwedagon in Sumatra: Buddhism, Trans-nationalism, and Patronage in Burmese and Southeast Asian History”, Busan University of Foreign Studies.
       
    • 2012. “Towards a National Culture: Chinlone and the Construction of Sport in Postcolonial Myanmar”, Association for Asian Studies Conference, Toronto, Canada.
       
    • 2011. “Resistance as a Category in Southeast Asian History”, Outer Civilization and Infra-Culture in Southeast Asia, Busan University of Foreign Studies.
       
    • 2011. “World History from the Rimlands: Two Southeast Asian Perspectives, World History Association Conference, China, July.
       
    • 2011. “Resistance as a Category in Southeast Asian Cultural History: A Millenarian Rebellion”, ISEAS-Korea/Pusan University of Foreign Studies (S. Korea), June.
       
    • 2011.  “Writing Myanmar: Communities of Interpretation and the Construction of a Southeast Asian Nation”, Writing Asia: Textual Traditions, Scriptural Modernities, Singapore.
       
    • 2010. “Towards a National Culture: Chinlone and the Construction of a National Sport in Colonial and Post-colonial Burma”, April.
       
    • 2010. “Maitreya’s Diary? Colonialism, Scholarship, and Millenial Revolt in British Burma”, ISEAS, Singapore, July.
       
    • 2009. “Discourses of Emergency in Colonial and Postcolonial Burma”, Workshop NUS Law Faculty, May.
       
    • 2008. “Forgotten Rebels: Ethnologies of Nostalgia and Peasant Resistance in Colonial Burma, 1930-1932”, AAS. March.
       
    • 2007. “The Jurisprudence of Rebellion: Orientalist Ethnologies and the Criminalization of the Domestic in Colonial Burma”. EuroSeas, Italy, November.
       
    • 2006. “Communities of Interpretation and the Making of Modern Burma”, AAS, San Francisco, March.
       
    • 2005. “Casting Futures: Rebellion Ethnographies, Archives, and the Law in Colonial Burma”, ARI, Singapore, July.
       
    • 2005. “Genealogies in Myanmar Studies” AAS, Chicago, March.
       
    • 2004. “Prosecuting Priests: Law, Ethnography, and Rebellion in Colonial Burma”, IAHA, Taiwan, December.
       
    • 2003. “Legalizing a Rebellion Ethnology in Colonial Burma”, ICAS, Singapore August.
       
    • 2003. “Prioritizing Processes in Modern Southeast Asian History”, Asia Pacific International Scholars Association, November.
       
    • 2003. "Guidebooks, Galons, and Genealogies: Legalizing Ethnology in Colonial Burma” AAS, New York, March.

     


     

GRADUATE STUDENTS SUPERVISED Top

PHD STUDENTS
 

2012-Current.  Mr. Ruel Pagunsan [Natural History, Colonialism, Philippines]

2012-Current.   Mr. Kisho Tsuchia [Resistance, Intellectual History, East Timor]
 

MA STUDENTS
 

2009-2011.  Ms. Sheena Kumari, “Mapping the Unknown: Empire, Gender, and the Oriental ‘Other’ in Women’s Travel Narratives of Colonial Southeast Asia”.

2007-2009.  Mr. Ho Chi Tim, “A Situated History of the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (1960-1979)”.

2005-2007.  Ms. Nurfadzilah Yahaya, “Good Friends and Dangerous Enemies: British Images of the Arab Elite in Colonial Singapore”. 

2005-2006.  Ms. Chua Hui Ching Emily (Co-advisor with Huang Jianli)
 

Awards and Distinctions Top

  • 2013. Tier 1 MOE Grant. "Nation-Building and Public History in Myanmar" ($87,765.46.).
  • 2012. ODPRT Research Excellence Award (Top 20% in FASS).
  • 2012. Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
  • 2012. Faculty Research Support Scheme. ($3500). 
  • 2007. Faculty Research Support Scheme. ($4882.50).
  • 2007. Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
  • 2004. Faculty Research Support Scheme. ($3880.00).
  • 2003. Faculty Start-up Grant. ($16,800.00).
  • 1998. John D'Arms Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award (Univ. of Michigan). 
  • 1995. Department of Education Summer Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship SEASSI (Univ. of Wisconsin)
  • 1994-1997. Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (Univ. of Michigan)

 

Professional Affiliation Top

  • Association for Asian Studies
  • International Association of Historians of Asia
  • National Council of Public History
  • International Federation of Public History
  • Burma Studies Group
  • American Historical Association



 

Editorial Boards and Advisory Posts Top

  • 2013-Current. Elected Member. Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (SEAC), Council Member (2013-2016)

  • 2003-Current. Editorial Board. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. Department of History, NUS. 

  • 2003-Current. Advisory Board. Heritage. National Museum of Singapore.

  • 2011-Current. Co-Chairman. Burma Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies. 

  • 2012-Current. Trustee. Burma Studies Foundation. 

 

 

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