SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Biographies and Restitution of Hindu and Buddhist Objects from Java, Sumatra and Bali

Date: 18 May 2022Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 18 May 2022Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Seminar

This event has been postponed until 2022. Please see the new date above. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Manjusri Arapacana
Manjusri Arapacana, State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg


10.00-10.15 Opening Remarks

Head of the School of Arts, SOAS University of London

Convenor: Lesley Pullen, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, SOAS University of London                     

10.15-11.00 Keynote Address

Pieter ter Keurs, Professor for Museums, Collections and Society, LUCAS, University of Leiden
Collecting Hindu-Buddhist Antiquities in the Netherlands East-Indies: On colonial practices and postcolonial tensions

11.00-11.20 Coffee in the Atrium

11.20-12.50 Panel 1 – Chair: Christian Luczanits, David L. Snellgrove Senior Lecturer in Tibetan and Buddhist Art, SOAS University of London

Panggah Ardiyansyah, The Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia
(Re)Constructing Borobudur: Biographies, Representations, and Monument-Making of Java’s Ancient Hindu-Buddhist Site

Lesley Pullen, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, SOAS University of London
Object Biography- Mañjuśrī Arapacana- From Java to Russia

Wieske Sapardan, Independent Scholar
Object Biography and restitution of the Prajñāpāramitā statue

12.50-14.00 Lunch in the Atrium

14.00-15.30 Panel 2 – Chair: Lesley Pullen, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, SOAS University of London

Mai Lin Tjoa-Bonatz, Southeast Asian Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt
The Afterlives of Gold Antiquities from Sumatra and Java

Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin, Georg-August University, Gottingen
Transformations and relocations: from edicts to gods, to antiquities. Glimpses into the biography of Balinese copperplate inscriptions

Ed McKinnon, Archaeologist (retired), Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, Singapore
A Hoard of Buddhist Bronzes from Buluh Cina, North Sumatra

15.30-15.50 Tea in the Atrium

15.50-16.50 Panel 3 – Chair: Duyen Nguyen, Doctoral Researcher, SOAS, Danang Museum of Cham Sculpture

William Southworth, Curator of Southeast Asian Art, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The provenance history of the stone sculptures from Central Java in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Marieke Bloembergen, KITLV- Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leiden, Professor in Archival and Postcolonial Studies, Institute of History, Leiden University
Moving Indonesian antiquities, global collecting networks, and the moral geographies of Greater India, 1920s-1960s

16.50-17.10 Closing Remarks: Ashley Thompson, Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art, SOAS University of London

17.20-18.30 Reception in the Atrium


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Supported by the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme and organised with the Centre of South East Asian Studies

Organiser: SOAS Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme and SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

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