Thesis: Disappeared animals, disparate world-makings: Encountering nationalists, conservationists, and tigers in a Burmese Kachin village
I have studied nature conservation, nationalism, and religion in Burma’s Kachin region since 2010. My first publications are now (slowly) coming out, including on the anti-ethno-political logic of China’s development-investment and on popular Christian nationalist cosmologies in Myanmar’s war-torn Kachin society (please see below).
My PhD explores how world-making projects encounter each other across radical difference, focusing on the Kachin national movement and global biodiversity conservation.
I try to take both nationalism and conservation seriously, and to integrate insights both from the social and natural sciences. Please do get in touch if we have similar research interests!
Kiik, Laur. (2016). Nationalism and Anti-Ethno-Politics: Why ‘Chinese Development’ Failed at Myanmar’s Myitsone Dam. Eurasian Geography and Economics, June 22. DOI:10.1080/15387216.2016.1198265.
Kiik, Laur. (2016). Conspiracy, God’s Plan, and National Emergency: Kachin Popular Analyses of the Ceasefire and Resource Grabs. In: Sadan, M. (Ed.) War and Peace in the Borderlands of Myanmar: The Kachin Ceasefire, 1994-2011, pp. 205-235. Copenhagen: NIAS Press.
Kiik, Laur. (2014). Review of Biosocial Becomings: Integrating Social and Biological Anthropology, by Tim Ingold and Gisli Pálsson (eds.). Anthropological Notebooks, 20(2): 173-175.
Foran, Tira, Laur Kiik, Sullivan Hatt, David Fullbrook, Alice Dawkins, Simon Walker, and Yun Chen. (2017). Large Hydropower and Legitimacy: A Policy Regime Analysis, Applied to Myanmar. Energy Policy 110: 619–30.
URL: personal website
Supervisors: Dr Laura Rival and Dr Matthew Walton.