University of Wisconsin–Madison

Matthew Venker

Graduate Student

mvenker@wisc.edu

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Cultural Anthropology

My research seeks to analyze the conditions of citizenship in Myanmar (Burma) through the analysis of socio-legal discourses. I trace the evolution of justice in Myanmar as a form of struggle for rule of law to gain traction against military-era legal structures. My research focuses on a 1982 citizenship law which explicitly groups people by ethno-national belonging. According to this law, only groups termed ‘native-races’ (dainyintha) are afforded full citizenship. Through my research, I seek to elucidate the ever-contingent nature of political belonging in Myanmar as it transitions from military rule to an era of greater civic freedoms