Published Work


Swat in the eye of the storm: Interview with Akbar Ahmed. Anthropology Today, Vol. 25, No. 6, December 2009.

Spiritual and familial continuities  in Burma’s ‘secular’ politics. UNDV Conference Volume, The International Buddhist Conference on the United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations, Bangkok, 4-6 May 2009, pp 27-41.

Negotiating new visions: An interview with Anthony Shelton by Gustaaf Houtman. Anthropology Today Vol. 25, Issue 6, December 2009, pp 7-13.

In response to Sebag-Montefiore, Niel.   Too 'political'? A complaint to the Editor re: Hart and Love (AT 24[2]). Anthropology Today, Vol. 24, Issue 3, June 2008, pp 25-26. 

In response to Laura A. Macnamara. Culture, critique and credibility: Speaking truth to power during the long war. Anthropology Today, Vol. 23, Issue 2, April 2007, pp 20-21.

Aung San’s lan-zin,
 the Blue Print and the Japanese occupation of Burma. Chapter 8 in Kei Nemoto (Ed). Reconsidering the Japanese military occupation in Burma (1942-45). Tokyo: ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 2007, pp 179-224. This includes an English-Burmese bibliograpy of Aung San’s communications (pp 213-224).

Interview with Akbar Ahmed. Anthropology Today, Vol. 23, No. 1, Feb 2007, pp 17-19.

Double or quits. Anthropology Today. Vol 22, No 6, December 2006, pp 1-3.

Sacralizing or demonizing democracy? Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘personality cult’. In Monique Skidmore (ed) Burma at the turn of the 21st century. University of Hawaii Press, 2005, pp 133-53.

Interview with Sue Wright (University of Copenhagen). In Anthropology Today, Vol. 20, No. 6, 2005, pp .

Entries on Burma in The Encyclopaedia of Modern Asia. Berkshire Publishing, 2002

’Why I believe academics should be wary of dealing with repressive regimes.’ Times Higher Educational Supplement, 1 December 2000, p 18.

Human origins in Burma: palaeontology, museums, pagoda heritage conservation - and other myanmafication methods - for containing freethinking citizens. Pekhon University Press 2739, 2000, 28 pp. 

Review of the the conference The Democracy Movement in Burma since 1962. Högberga Gård, Stockholm, 25-26 September 1999. IIAS Newsletter, 21 February 2000, p 22.

The creation of Myanmar and human origins. Anthropology Today, Vol. 15, No. 4, August 1999, pp 13-19.

Mental culture in Burmese crisis politics: Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy. Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa Monograph Series No. 33. Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Institute for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, 1999, 400 pp.

Beyond the cradle and past the grave: the biography of Burmese meditation master U Ba Khin. In Juliane Schober (ed.), Buddhist sacred biography in South and Southeast Asia. Universityof Hawai’i Press, 1997, pp 310-44.

‘Burma or Myanmar?: The cucumber and the circle. International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter No 12, Spring 1997, pp 20-21. Burma Studies Group Colloquium, Northern Illinois University, 25-27 October 1996.

Review of the Burma Studies Group Colloquium, Northern Illinois University, 25-27 October 1996. International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter, No. 12, Spring 1997, p 24 

      and David Zeitlyn. Anthropology and information technology. Anthropology Today, June 1996

      and John Knight. ‘The Cambridge University Press Controversy’ (Editorial). Anthropology Today, Apr 1996

      and John Knight. ‘The Royal Anthropological Institute and the popularization of anthropology.’ Practicing Anthropology  Vol. 17, No. 1-2, Winter/Spring 1995, pp 37-41.

Interview with Michael Fischer (University of Kent). In Anthropology Today, Vol. 11, No. 12, 1995, pp 5-8.

Obituary of Richard Burghart. Anthropology Today, Vol. 10, No. 4, Aug 1994.

‘Meditation and language’ (1,000-word entry). In Religion and language (ed. J.F.E. Sawyer). Part of The encyclopaedia of language and linguistics  (ed. R.E. Asher). Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1993.

‘Between ruler and contemplator: insight contemplation in colonial and postcolonial Burma’. In Proceedings of the Conference on Religious renewals in Asia (ed. Shihegaru Tanabe), National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, 24-27 Nov 1992. (published in 1995 in Japanese).

Review of Mohan Wijayaratna. Buddhist monastic life according to the texts of the Theravada tradition (CUP, 1990). Man,  Sept. 1992.

Review of Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière’s Les rituels de possession en Birmanie: du culte d’État aux cérémonies privées. (Rituals of possession in Burma: a state cult at private ceremonies). Éditions Recherche sur les Civilisations: Paris, 1989, 227 pp). In ASEASUK News, 1991

‘Traditions of Buddhist practice in Burma’. London: School of Oriental and African Studies. PhD Thesis, 1990, pp 378 (unpublished).

How a foreigner invented Buddhendom in Burmese: from tha-tha-na to bok-da' ba-tha.' (PDF, 1.5 Megabytes - be patient, as it takes some time to download) Journal of the Anthropological Society at Oxford  (JASO). Vol. XXI/2, Trinity 1990, pp 113-128.

‘Human remains and the Vermillion Accord’. Anthropology Today, Vol. 6, No. 1, Feb 1990

Interview with Maurice Bloch (Anthropology Department, LSE). Anthropology Today, Vol. 4, No. 1, Feb 1988.

2,500 words on 38 Buddhist keywords in Oxford Illustrated Encyclopaedia (8-volume thematic encyclopaedia), Oxford, 1988. Ed. Richard Hoggart  

Interview with Malcolm McLeod (Keeper at the Museum of Mankind, BM). Anthropology Today, Vol. 3, No. 3, Jun 1987.

‘Anthropology and peace’ (Editorial). Anthropology Today, Vol. 2, No. 1, February 1986

‘The Burmese wipathana meditation tradition self-conscious: a history of sleeping texts and silent Buddhas’Groniek (special issue on South Asia), no. 92, Jul 1985.

‘Survival International: going public on Amazonian Indians’. Anthropology Today, Vol. 1 No. 5, Oct 1985.

      and J. Benthall. ‘RAIN attains majority’. Anthropology Today, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 1985.

Review of M. Friedrich and others (eds). Die Fremden sehen: Ethnologie und Film (Trickster Verlag, Munich, 1984). RAIN, No. 62, June 1984

The novitiation ceremony in Theravada Buddhist Burma: a “received” and an “interpreted” version’. Journal of South Asia Research, May 1984.

‘Minority languages’. Times Higher Education Supplement, 30 Sep 1983.

Burmese personal names: a critical survey of choice, types and some functions of names. Rangoon: Department of Religious Affairs, 1982, p. 89.

editorial boards

Gendering Asia. NIAS Book Series
The Encyclopaedia of Modern Asia. Six volumes. Berkshire Publishing.



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