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The Center for Southeast Asian Studies organizes and sponsors a number of events such as lectures, film screening, workshops, symposia, conferences, exhibits, and performances throughout the year.  Several of these events are in collaboration with other U-M units, and are often free and open to the public. To see what we have planned for this semester, please visit our 2020 Lecture Series page.

CSEAS Lecture Series. Racial Capitalism and Interspecies Empire in Colonial Myanmar

Jonathan Saha, Associate Professor of South Asian History, Department of History, University of Durham
Friday, April 1, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
Under British rule in Myanmar, colonized people’s relationships with animals changed. Increasingly, animals were commoditized. Some creatures, such as elephants and oxen, became vital resources for the colony’s globally-important rice and teak industries. At the same time as these shifts were occurring, Burmese conceptions of human difference were undergoing significant changes themselves. Notions of race became more prominent in politics and culture, especially during the interwar years. These processes—the commoditization of animals and the racialization of human difference—were not only coincident with one another, they were connected. In this talk I will uncover some of these connections and their wider import for the history of modern imperialism in Southeast Asia.

Jonathan Saha is an Associate Professor of South Asian History. He serves as faculty with the Department of History at the University of Durham.

Free and open to the public; register at
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Link:
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Area Studies, Asian Languages And Cultures, center for southeast asian studies, Cseas Lecture Series, Discussion, History, Lecture, Southeast Asia
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Southeast Asian Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures