This interview was conducted via video on March 27, 2020. Dr. Elliot Prasse-Freeman spoke with me from Singapore, where he is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. WPF had originally planned to host Elliot for an on campus event on March 25, 2020–and we hope to re-schedule on the other side of the pandemic.
In this first clip, I introduce Elliot and he tells us a bit about the COVID-19 responses in Singapore.
In this second clip, Elliot gives us an overview of the situation for Rohingya who are living in refugee camps around the wider region.
The third clip gets to the heart of Elliot’s research on Rohingya ethnicity. In it, he discusses the tensions between asserting a Rohingya identity as a way to push back against violence suffered at the hands of the Myanmar state, while recognizing that identities evolve and are interpreted differently.
The final clip begins with me asking an extremely rambling question about both the democratization movement and how more complex theorization about ethnicity has practical implications. Elliot somehow turned it into a fascinating response.
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