May Monthly Seminar_Zoom Meeting  

Rohingya – their current situation

This seminar will be a hybrid event, both in-person and online via Zoom. 

Date: May 29, 2023 (Monday)  

Time: 06:00 – 07:00 PM AEST Time (14:30-15:30 Myanmar/Yangon Time)  Duration: 1 hour

Venue: Deakin University Melbourne CBD campus, Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins St, Docklands.

To join via Zoom please click here.

Meeting ID: 847 5719 4764

Passcode:  87168878 

AMI remains keenly concerned by the situation of the Rohingya, in Myanmar and also of course as refugees in Bangladesh.  We are delighted that two of Australia’s foremost academic experts, Associate Prof Anthony Ware and Dr Costas Laoutides, will speak about their research in both Rakhine and Bangladesh, and will be joined by PhD candidate Sophia Htwe who is also engaged in special research into the situation.  They will describe the situation and prospects for work for a resolution of benefit to the Rohingya, Myanmar and the region.

Dr Anthony Ware is an Associate Professor of International and Community Development at Deakin University.  His research focus is on international development/humanitarian response in conflict-affected situations, and he has five books and almost 50 academic papers on this, including the book Myanmar’s Rohingya Conflict (Oxford Uni Press, with Costas Laoutides). Just back from fieldwork in Cox’s Bazar, he is a co-founder of AMI and is a member of AMI’s Board.

Dr Costas Laoutides is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Deakin University.  He is a specialist on peace/conflict, has worked extensively on peace processes in Myanmar and has a special interest in the Rohingya conflict. He leads a current project exploring peace entrepreneurship in Rakhine State,  He is a leading expert in the search for Rohingya solutions.

Ms Sophia Htwe is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne where she is located with the Institute for Peacebuilding.  Her specialties include peacebuilding within the Rohingya situation.  She is also an Executive Steering Committee member of the University’s Myanmar Research Network and a diaspora youth activist. 

Questions and Answers will follow the presentations.

We anticipate that comment will be provided during question time by a Rohingya spokesperson as well.

***NOTE: Zoom can work very well, but it poses difficulties for people with a poor internet connection. So, people from Myanmar (or elsewhere) who might have a poor internet connection or low bandwidth should turn off the video mode and listen to the seminar. You may be able to switch on the video from time to time just to see who is speaking, but definitely don’t use the video mode if you wish to speak yourself.  You can also pose questions using the chat function.  The whole seminar will be uploaded later on the AMI website and Facebook page.