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2nd Summer Programme in Southeast Asian Art History Application Form

24 February 2017

The 2nd Summer Programme in Southeast Asian Art History with a focus on Hindu and Buddhist art and archaeology of central Java (8-9th Century CE) will be taking place in Yogyakarta, Central Java, July 27–2 August 2017. It is jointly run by SOAS University of London and Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM).

Programme Overview 

In 2016, a pioneering Summer Programme in Southeast Asian Art History and Conservation focusing on premodern Javanese Art was held in Trawas (East Java). In 2017, the second edition of the Programme will be held in Yogyakarta, the iconic royal city of Central Java. It will focus on Central Javanese Hindu and Buddhist Art History in both its local and translocal dimensions. The period covered is from the early 8th to the late 9th century—the heyday of the Central Javanese civilisation. 

The programme targets an audience of 20 Southeast Asian and overseas students/scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds and interests. Taught by a pool of international experts, the programme will showcase state-of-the-art research on Central Javanese Art History and related aspects of culture, history, and religion. 

This Summer Programme is the result of a collaborative effort between SOAS (UK) and UGM (Indonesia). It is envisaged as the second of a series of events resulting from a strategic partnership between Southeast Asian institutions and SOAS’ Southeast Asian Art Academic Program (SAAAP) at the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts, aiming to foster the study of Southeast Asian Art History in the region and internationally.

The programme will be held over 7 days—from 27 July through 2 August 2017—at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, ideally located at the centre of a history-laden region dotted with Hindu and Buddhist temples, including the majestic Borobudur (the largest Buddhist monuments on earth) and Prambanan, with its imposing and exquisitely crafted Ĺšaiva temple complex Loro Jonggrang, the Buddhist Candi Sewu, Candi Plaosan and Candi Kalasan, and the enigmatic Ratu Boko plateau a couple of miles away. 

Download 2nd Summer Programme in Southeast Asian Art History Brochure (pdf; 3mb)  


By attending the lectures and interacting with the teaching experts, participants will become familiar with the general tracts of ancient Central Javanese Art History, as well as with specific religious, historical, and socio-cultural issues bearing on the interpretation of buildings, reliefs, statuary, and artefacts. They will also be introduced to the basics of the archaeology of the region and current approaches to museology in a local and global context. Tours to archaeological sites inearby will provide an opportunity to apply the theoretical approaches learnt in the classroom. 


A grant will be offered to successful applicants to (partially) cover their airfare, depending on their airport of embarkation and financial needs. Boarding and lodging during the eleven days will be covered by the organisation.

Participants’ Selection Criteria 

The Programme mainly caters to (post)graduate (MA/PhD) students in a relevant discipline—primarily South and/or Southeast Asian Art History and Archaeology. Applicants with a relevant background and research interest in Museology, Religious Studies, and Cultural Studies with focus on the region in the premodern period will also be considered. Senior scholars and curators are welcome to apply, although they may be required to cover their international travel as well as on-site costs. 


A mix of Indonesian and overseas experts from different disciplinary backgrounds (i.e. Art History, Archaeology, Philology, and Religious Studies) will form the pool of lecturers: Dr. Andrea Acri (EPHE), Dr. Anggraeni (UGM), Panggah Ardiyansyah (Borobudur Conservation), Swati Chemburkar (Jnanapravaha), Dr. John Guy (NY MET), Dr. Hudaya Kandahjaya (Numata), Dr. Mimi Savitri (UGM), Dr. Peter Sharrock (SOAS), and Jeffrey Sundberg (Arizona University), among others.

Teaching Schedule 

The four days teaching schedule will include four 1-hour sessions per day (two in the morning and two in the afternoon). Participating students will be invited to present their ongoing research.

Art History Tour Programme 

The programme will include a two-day tour to temples, museums and relevant archaeological sites across Central Java (viz. Borobudur, Prambanan, Ratu Boko, Dieng Plateau, and other less well-known sites in the region). 



Application deadline: 15 March, 2017 

Acceptance notification by: 15 April, 2017

2nd Summer Programme in Southeast Asian Art History Application Form (pdf; 614kb)  

2nd Summer Programme in Southeast Asian Art History Application Form (msword; 149kb)