Our editorial team is excited to announce a number of new initiatives associated with the expansion of our current site. These expansion efforts have been made possible through a generous grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Some will be permanent while others will run on a trial basis through at least the end of October, but our team is working hard to secure more sustainable funding for these activities.
Since Tea Circle’s founding in 2015, our editorial team has been staffed by volunteers—scholars and practitioners from Myanmar and across the world—who have given their time in order to support the hundreds of writers who have published their contributions on our site. We are so grateful for the dozens of volunteers who have served as editors in this volunteer capacity, committing their expertise to the continuous improvement of our platform and content.
Expanding the scope of our editorial activities and our outreach within Myanmar and abroad has always been a goal of the Tea Circle team. Our ambitions for further growth have also been informed by a reluctance to place too unreasonable a burden on our volunteer editors.
Access to funding has changed this calculus and, while our English language editorial process will still depend on the generous contributions of our volunteers, we have been able to direct funding toward a limited number of paid roles that will be necessary for new content and more far-reaching collaborations. We’re excited to have established seven positions, in addition to the seventeen editors who continue to manage most of Tea Circle’s submission, editorial, and publication processes. This new scope of work expands in four critical areas:
We’re delighted to share the results of these efforts with you over the coming months, and we’re appreciative of the many dedicated readers who have submitted pieces, engaged with our posts, and offered feedback as the site has evolved over the past six years.
In light of the February 2021 military coup in Myanmar, our commitment to critical dialogue and wide-ranging exchange feels even more urgent. We remain concerned, first and foremost, about the safety and security of those who contribute to our site and have therefore, expanded our policies to include avenues for anonymous and encrypted submissions.
We believe this expansion will augment our ability to realize our foundational vision of Tea Circle as a space of connection. Our individual pursuits— whether in academia, advocacy, or beyond— have only been enhanced by the kind of dialogue and exchange made possible by immersion in a community of like-minded and passionate peers.
We welcome your comments, suggestions and contributions as we begin this transition.
The Tea Circle Editorial Team
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