Shan New Year 2118 / 2023: Academic and cultural presentations

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9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Brunei Gallery
BGLT and B102
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About this event

This year, we will hold the Shan New Year event again at SOAS University of London.

As in previous years, we will have a combined academic and cultural programme for the event this year, co-hosted by the SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies and the Shan Cultural Association in the UK. We will begin the event with our hybrid-format academic sessions, which will include a wide range of presentations on Shan cultural area studies.

This will be followed by a cultural performance programme in the afternoon. 


Time Presentation Speaker/Performers
Academic Session One (Room B102)
MC: Ven. Phramahasena Suraseno; Chair: Ven. Pannyavamsa; Moderator: Xu Peng 
8:45am Registration; Tea/Coffee
8:55am Welcome Venerable Phramahasena Suraseno (MA Student/King's College London & Abbot Assistant of the Oxford Buddha Vihara)
9:00am Chanting of Blessing Buddhist Monks from the Oxford Buddha Vihara and Wat Buddharam London
9:05am Opening Speech Kate Crosby (Numata Professor in Buddhist Studies, University of Oxford)
9:15am Composers of Culture: The Shan Zare Tradition Olivia Porter (Alumni, King's College London & Teaching Fellow, Roehampton University)
9:30am Traditional Tai Ahom Methods of Preparing Writing Materials: With Special Reference to Sanchi Pat and Mohi (online) Chao Sukham Chaosing a.k.a. Manash Protim Chetia (Independent Scholar, Assam, India)
9:45am Q&A
9:50am The Shan Chevening Fellowship at the British Library Myo Thant Linn a.k.a Sai Line (Chevening Research Fellow, British Library) and Maria Kekki (Burmese Curator, British Library)
10:05am Shan manuscript textiles in the British Library collection Jana Igunma (Curator for Cambodia, Lao and Thai Collections, British Library) & Maria Kekki (Burmese Curator, British Library)
10:20am Making Merit, Making Museums: Walking around the inner museum at Yadana Man Aung Pagoda, Nyaungshwe Town Heidi Tan (Lecturer in Museology at the School of Arts, SOAS)
10:35am Q&A
10:40am Break for Refreshment / Lunch for the monks
Academic Session Two (Room B102)
MC: Nang Nidarphorn; Chair: Jana Igunma; Moderator: Tongchen Hou 
11:00am The Shan in the History of the Irrawaddy Valley: Towards a Federal “National” History  Michael Charney (Professor in History and International Studies & Director of the Centre of South East Asian Studies, SOAS)
11:15am The Archaeology of the Shan Plateau  Elizabeth Moore (Professor Emeritus in Art and Archaeology, SOAS) & Khin Kyi Pyu Thant (SOAS Alumni)
11:30am A Brief History of Laikha   Sao KhunHti Laikha (Independent Scholar)
11:45am Q&A
11:50am A Manuscript of Tai Herbalism  Susan Conway (Research Associate, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University)
12:05pm Surveying Manuscripts Collections for Future Digitization across the Greater Shan country (online) Francois Tainturier (Director, Inya Institute, Yangon)
12:20pm A Shan Manuscript from SOAS Special Collections: Tracing the Origin of the Manuscript and the Story of Nang Yi Seng Kaw Jotika Khur-Yearn (Librarian & Researcher, SOAS)
12:35pm Q&A
12:40pm A Reflection on the Shan New Year event and Updates on Southeast Asian Studies programmes at SOAS University of London Michael Charney (Professor in History and International Studies & Director of the Centre of South East Asian Studies, SOAS)
12:45pm Closing speeches Jotika Khur-Yearn, Olivia Porter, SCA-UK members 
1:00pm Lunch

The book of abstracts is available for download.