Dr. Ma Thida, PEN Myanmar
P4P Medium Grant Recipient
Literature Inclusiveness in Myanmar
Led by Dr. Ma Thida, this project will conduct content analysis on three monthly magazines from 2008-2018 to interrogate the ways in which literature about ethnic areas and people are presented in the mainstream media. An important element of this research is to consider how inclusiveness in story telling had been altered following the easing of the censorship law in 2012. The project will culminate with a workshop for writers from across Myanmar. Here the results of the research will be presented allowing debate and discussion about what should be done to get more inclusive presentation of ethnic areas and people in mainstream literature. The project team will record this discussion with the resulting film disseminated in all eight ethnic languages.
Duration: October 2018 to March 2019
About PEN Myanmar
PEN Myanmar is an association of 365 distinguished writers, poets, artists, editors, and journalists, and hundreds of supporters who are representing all seven ethnic states. PEN Myanmar was established in 2013 with the vision to protect and promote freedom of expression and to nurture a living literature in Myanmar. Its constitution was drafted and received unanimous approval from all PEN centres worldwide at the 79th Pen International Congress on 12 October 2013. The objectives set out by PEN Myanmar are to first, protecting and promoting freedom of expression, second, helping to establish a vital literary culture, and third, building a bridge between school education and creative literature in Myanmar. PEN Myanmar activities include panel discussions on literature and free expression; raising awareness on federalism for Bama majority area, promoting freedom of expression to members of both regional and national parliaments, writing and translation workshops; literary evenings focused on ethnic writing; peace writing contests; the conflict-sensitive media monitoring project that led to the publication of a report on hate speech; and the November 8 Diary – a collection of non-fiction writings about the 2015 elections.
A short film about the work of PEN Myanmar: