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Burma to Myanmar

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Myanmar is historically diverse, home to different kingdoms, empires, principalities, chiefdoms and kinship networks that, until independence from British colonial control in 1948, had never been a single political entity. This talk explores Myanmar’s long histories through the lens of cross-cultural interactions and the impact that these exchanges had upon art and material culture, and in so doing is an exercise in how to address multiplicity and diversity, and produce an integrative account, one that does not minoritise communities or promote the majority view.

About the speaker: Alexandra Green is Henry Ginsburg Curator for Southeast Asia at the British Museum. She was the lead curator on the Burma to Myanmar exhibition at the British Museum and editor of the accompanying volume published by the British Museum Press. Her other publications include Buddhist Visual Cultures, Rhetoric, and Narrative in Late Burmese Wall Paintings (2018), Raffles in Southeast Asia: Revisiting the Scholar and Statesman (major contributor, 2019), Burmese Silver from the Colonial Period (2022), and Southeast Asia: A History in Objects (2023).

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