Thesis: Disappeared animals, disparate world-makings: Encountering nationalists, conservationists, and wildlife in a Burmese Kachin village
I have studied nature conservation, nationalism, and religion in war-torn 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 cosmology in 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 (2018) Wild-ing the Ethnography of Conservation: Writing Nature’s Value and Agency In. Anthropological Forum, May 21. https://doi.org/10.1080/00664677.2018.1476222.
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. (2016). Nationalism and Anti-Ethno-Politics: Why ‘Chinese Development’ Failed at Myanmar’s Myitsone Dam. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 57 (3): 374-402. DOI:10.1080/15387216.2016.1198265.
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2017.08.043.
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.
URL: personal website
Supervisors: Dr Laura Rival and Dr Matthew Walton.