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Mikael Gravers


Aarhus University


Mikael Gravers is Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark. He has conducted fieldwork in Thailand and Burma since 1970. His research includes Buddhist and Christian Karen communities, Buddhist monasteries and monks, and Hindu and Muslim communities. He is the author of Nationalism as Political Paranoia. London, Curzon, 1999. He has edited Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Burma, Copenhagen, NIAS Press 2007. In 2014, he co-edited Burma/Myanmar – Where Now, NIAS Press with Flemming Ytzen. He has published on ethnicity, nationalism, Buddhism and politics, as well as on nature, culture and environmental protection. He has conducted research related to Burma in the colonial archives, British Library and Public Record Office, London. He was a senior researcher in the Danish funded research project Everyday Justice and Security in the Myanmar Transition (2015-2020) in collaboration with Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS) and Anthropology, Yangon University. He is member of the board of the Journal of Burma Studies. He has been a member of the Danish Research Council for Development Studies of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1999-2001). In 1996, he was awarded a grant from HRH Crown Prince Frederik’s Research Fund. He has appeared on international and Danish media analysing the developments in Myanmar since 1991.

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