Matthew Schissler

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Michigan, Ann Arbor, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 10029

Approve Date

August 26, 2020

Project Title

Schissler, Matthew (Michigan, Ann Arbor, U. of) "Inter-religious life in Myanmar"

This project seeks to identify and explain changes in inter-religious life in Myanmar. It does so at a time when attacks on Muslims in western Myanmar have attracted headlines, and a consensus among foreign observers that recent events are a continuation of resentments generated during the colonial era. Yet in preliminary research my interlocutors persistently highlighted change rather than continuity, inviting my central question: What practices, identities, and values make up contemporary inter-religious life, how have these changed, and why? To answer this question, I am applying for a Wenner-Gren to support 12 months of ethnographic research on the practices of inter-religious life in a low-income multi-religious township in Yangon, Myanmar. Extended case studies that result from this research will triangulate longitudinal analysis, deepening understanding of an important phenomenon in Myanmar and making a significant contribution to theorization of both violence and its apparent absence.