The research library offers free access to scholarly works (both books and articles) on Myanmar Studies published overseas that are not readily available in the country. It also has original works published on neighboring Southeast Asian countries and textbooks on various fields of social sciences and humanities. It is our pleasure to acknowledge the generous book donations from Penny and John Van Esterik, Rosalia Sciortino and O’ong Maryono, Alan Feinstein, and Patrick McCormick.
The research library is open to anyone conducting research or interested in fostering her/his research and methodological skills. Academics are especially welcomed to work at our study space which offers free internet connection (optic fiber), a quiet and air-conditioned environment.
The institute’s website hosts a digital library which will feature materials, notably digital files of manuscripts not easily accessible for a wide audience.
(supported by the Gladys Krieble-Delmas Foundation, NY)
Inya Institute is the archival partner of a project sponsored by the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme and aimed at surveying manuscript collections at a number of local monasteries in Myanmar. Selected manuscripts digitized in the course of the project as well as the lists of manuscripts in surveyed collections will be made available through the institute’s website at a later date.
Similarly this will be done for those manuscripts digitized in other locations in Myanmar (for instance, manuscripts digitized in the Shan State).
Inya Institute is also the local archival partner of the Myanmar Digital Archive Project, an initiative from York University (Canada) which will provide access to digitized version of Pali and Myanmar manuscripts and nineteenth- and early twentieth-century books, newspapers, and periodicals.
- Long-term plans include a peer-reviewed publishing programme of scholarly works and the holding of conferences.
- Inya Institute will also occasionally publish books that are of methodological and pedagogical interests.
Completed publishing project
Bilingual Manual on Social Research Methods: The project with funding from Open Society Foundations and LIFT, a Yangon-based multi-donor program managed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) involves the production of a bilingual manual on social research methods based on the lessons learned from the past training experiences. Efforts concentrated on conveying the meaning of concepts of social research by notably using examples and featuring exercises that relate to contemporary Myanmar. An additional feature of the manual is its layout with a presentation of the English and Myanmar versions side by side. This feature is seen as crucial for a better understanding and transmission of the concepts presented. The bilingual Myanmar-English ‘Introduction to Social Research Methods’ has been distributed to a number of Departments of Anthropology at Yangon, Mandalay, Yadanapon, and Mawlamyaing Universities, as well as a large number of Myanmar Civil Society Organizations.