Call for Participants: Feb 2022 JSEALab Reading Group

READING JUSTICE: Dictatorship and Opposition in Myanmar

Deadline to Apply: January 10, 2022

Led by four leading scholars, activists and artists, the reading group will collectively think about the events of the past year, histories of dictatorship and opposition in Myanmar, and possible futures of justice. Topics will include ethnic politics, the role of artists and journalists, and the meanings of the past in the present. Held once a week for four weeks in February 2022 [Wednesdays/Thursdays: 9 am Thailand (Thursday)/11 am Tokyo (Thursday)/1 pm Canberra (Thursday)/6 pm Berkeley (Wednesday)/8 pm Madison (Wednesday)], the twenty participants in the reading group will reflect and exchange ideas about state repression and peoples’ struggle in Myanmar. Participants will be asked to read, watch or otherwise engage with selected materials prior to each meeting and to commit to attending all four sessions. The reading group will be held online via Zoom and is free and is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. There is a maximum of 20 participants, so apply soon!

Click here to apply. Questions about this opportunity? Email Tyrell Haberkorn (

The JSEALab is part of a five-year initiative on Social Justice in Southeast Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and located in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Human Rights Program. A combination of intensive exchange between faculty and graduate students and public-facing events that aim to foster significant collaboration between academics and practitioners, the JSEALab reflects both the recognition that a growing number of MAs and PhDs in Southeast Asian Studies are choosing to pursue professional careers outside the university and that there is a need for academic work to be directly responsive to ongoing social justice crises in the region. Stay tuned for upcoming activities!