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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).
24th February 2017
SOAS University of London students now have the opportunity get first-hand experience of curating their own exhibition through the newly launched MA programme in Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies.
7th September 2016
On 18 February 2016, the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang officially started its refurbishment project marking the centennial anniversary of its establishment. Founded by the French Institute of Oriental Studies (also known as The École française d'Extrême-Orient – EFEO), the museum houses the largest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. Its first building was constructed in 1915, completed in 1916 and opened to the public in 1919.
22nd August 2016
Thanks to the Southeast Asia Academic Art Programme (SAAAP) of SOAS, four Myanmar scholars presented new research on Myanmar Buddhism at the 2nd SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference, Southeast Asian Archaeology, Bangkok.
6th June 2016
The first edition of the SAAAP Newsletter can be viewed here.
23rd May 2016
Dates of Summer School: 23 July – 2 August 2016
This Summer School, open to international but especially Indonesian students, will study aspects of premodern Javanese Art History, from the Central Javanese ‘Hindu-Buddhist’ period to the late Majapahit and Early Islamic period (ca. 8th-early 17th century).
15th May 2016
The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) is pleased to announce the venue for the second Southeast Asian Archaeology conference, to be held from 30 May - 2 June, 2016.
19th April 2016
Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute (Singapore) hosts workshop on ‘The Heritage of Ancient and Urban Sites: Giving Voice to local Priorities’
From street signs to time tunnels, crowd-funding and heritage associations at prehistoric, ancient Hindu and Buddhist and port cities such as Penang, Yangon and Singapore, answers came from twenty-two grassroots and policy-makers across Southeast Asia from Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia and Singapore came together at the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Center, ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute from 14-15 March 2016.
14th April 2016
In March 2016 Ashley Thompson, Pamela Corey, Louise Tythacott and Simone Green led a group of 24 MA students from the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, including the 13-strong cohort of Alphawood MA students, on an exploration of Southeast Asian art museum and archival research collections in Paris.
1st April 2016
From the Region: The returning of the head of Harihara (half Shiva, half Vishnu) from Musée Guimet, France to Cambodia was both exciting and worrying. It is exciting because the head, which had been separated from its body in Cambodia for over a century, could be reunited and reattached. It is very rare for Cambodian objects to be returned from France after being kept there for several decades.
30th January 2016
From September-December 2015 Alphawood students on the ‘Curating Cultures’ MA course worked in exhibition teams to devise displays using the History of Art and Archaeology teaching collections. The collection consists mainly of Southeast Asian material donated to SOAS by Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Moore.
14th December 2015
Members of the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme Professor Ashley Thompson, Dr Christian Luczanits, Dr Louise Tythacott and Dr Peter Sharrock, and Project Coordinator Dr Joanna Wolfarth, spent ten days in Cambodia as part of the final component of the Alphawood-funded Scoping Phase for a Field School and Conservation Programme at 12th-century Banteay Chhmar Temple.
13th December 2015
News from the region: Thailand
HRH Maha Chakri Sirindorn of Thailand opened the Cultural Relationship Mainland Southeast Asia (CRMA) Research Centre at Chulaklomkao Royal Military Academy, Nakhon Nayok on 16th November, 2015.
29th November 2015
In November the International Workshop on Application of Science and Technology for Cultural Studies (IWASTCS) brought together the East West Cultural Corridor (EWCC) and Cultural Relationship Mainland Southeast Asia (CRMA) projects with the Graduate School of Silpakorn University and the Center for Integrated Area Studies, Kyoto University at the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindorn Anthropology Center in Bangkok.
25th November 2015
News from the region: Indonesia
Jakarta’s Museum Nasional Indonesia mounted a Jalur Rempah (Spice Trail) exhibition in late October to show how spices had changed the entire history of the Indonesian archipelago. A video first qualified the use of ‘Silk Road’, pointing out that many commodities were traded and spices were as precious as silk and more voluminous.
17th November 2015
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