SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Dr Pamela Corey

BA (University of California, Irvine), MA (Arizona State), PhD (Cornell)
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Pamela Corey
Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Lecturer in South East Asian Art

SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

Academic Staff, Centre of South East Asian Studies

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)


The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme

Research and Publications Sub-board Member

Dr Pamela Corey
Email address:
0207 898 4452
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Brunei Gallery
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Pamela Nguyen Corey researches and teaches modern and contemporary art history, with a focus on Southeast Asia within broader transnational Asian and global contexts. She received her BA (Studio Art) from the University of California, Irvine, and her PhD (History of Art and Visual Studies) from Cornell University, after which she took up post as Lecturer in South East Asian Art at SOAS University of London in 2015. Her research interests include theories of subjectivity, spatiality, diaspora, globalization, transnationalism, decoloniality, historiography, and visual and sonic aesthetics. She has co-organized international conferences at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (Vietnamese Ceramics: Objects at the Crossroads, 2015) and The MoMA (Contemporary Art in Cambodia: A Historical Inquiry, 2013). Her research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Program and the Center for Khmer Studies, and most recently by the British Academy for a Newton Mobility Grant project titled “Constructing Decolonial Art Histories of Southeast Asia” (2017-18, in collaboration with the University of Malaya).

Her first book manuscript is titled The City in Time: Contemporary Art and Urban Form in Vietnam and Cambodia, and her writing is featured in numerous academic journals, exhibition catalogues, and platforms for artistic and cultural commentary. Current projects include new research on voice and orality in contemporary art in Southeast Asia and its diasporas; the co-editing of a special issue of Oxford Art Journal on voice as form, to appear in 2020; essays on the 1990s Vietnamese avant-garde for independent publications; and a journal article on the (calli)graphic regime in Vietnamese contemporary art.



Modern and contemporary art and critical theory; Southeast Asian art history and visual studies (expertise in Vietnam and Cambodia); urban studies; postcolonial studies; theories of subjectivity, space, diaspora, transnationalism, intermedia and aesthetics.



Corey, Pamela (2020) 'Toward a Horizon of Un-Knowing: Voice, Aurality, and the Politics of Identification in the Art of Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier'. Oxford Art Journal, (43) 2, pp 221-238.

Corey, Pamela and Taylor, Nora A. (2019) 'Đổi Mới and the Globalization of Vietnamese Art'. Journal of Vietnamese Studies, (14) 1, pp 1-34.

Corey, Pamela (2018) 'Siting the Artist’s Voice'. Art Journal, (77) 4, pp 84-96.

Corey, Pamela (2016) 'Beyond yet Toward Representation: Diasporic Artists and Craft as Conceptualism in Contemporary Southeast Asia'. The Journal of Modern Craft, (9) 2, pp 161-181.

Corey, Pamela (2015) ''The 'First' Cambodian Contemporary Artist''. Udaya, Journal of Khmer Studies, (12), pp 61-94.

Corey, Pamela (2014) 'Metaphor as Method: Curating Regionalism in Mainland Southeast Asia'. Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, (13) 2, pp 72-84.

Corey, Pamela (2012) 'Crafted Signs of Obsolescence: Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s Aesthetic Artifacts'. Art Journal, (71) 3, pp 46-57.

Edited Books or Journals

Corey, Pamela and Teo, Wenny, (eds.), (2020) Voice as Form, special issue of Oxford Art Journal, Vol. 43, no. 2. Oxford: Oxford Art Journal.

Herbelin, Caroline and Wisniewski, Beatrice and Dalex, Francoise and Corey, Pamela and Gournay, Antoine and Poisson, Emmanuel, (eds.), (2015) Arts du Vietnam: Nouvelles Approches. Rennes, France: Presses Universitaires de Rennes.

Thompson, Ashley and Corey, Pamela, (eds.), (2014) 'On Modern and Contemporary Cambodian Art and Aesthetics' special issue of Udaya, Journal of Khmer Studies. Norfolk, CT: Friends of Khmer Culture (FOKCI).

Book Chapters

Corey, Pamela (2019) 'Strange Games and Moving Images: Thao Nguyen Phan’s Stories from Vietnam'. In: Corey, Pamela and Gray, Zoë and I-Shan, Sam and Matsumoto, Lila and Nefkens, Han, (eds.), Thao Nguyen Phan: Monsoon Melody. Milan: Mousse Publishing, pp 36-46.

Corey, Pamela (2015) 'Three Propositions for a Regional Profile: The History of Contemporary Art in Ho Chi Minh City.'. In: Herbelin, Caroline and Wisniewski, Beatrice and Dalex, Francoise and Corey, Pamela and Gournay, Antoine and Emmanuel, Poisson, (eds.), Arts du Vietnam: Nouvelles Approches. Rennes, France: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, pp 135-144.

Book Reviews

Corey, Pamela (2020) 'Art History and the Modern in Southeast Asia'. Art Journal, (79) 1, pp 116-119.

Corey, Pamela (2018) 'Review of: Southeast Asia in ruins: Art and empire in the early 19th century, by Sarah Tiffin. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.'. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, (49) 2, pp 327-328.

Corey, Pamela (2013) 'Review of: Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art: An Anthology. Edited by Nora Taylor and Boreth Ly, and Glimpses of Freedom: Independent Cinema in Southeast Asia. Edited by May Adadol Ingawanij and Benjamin McKay.'. Journal of Asian Studies, (72) 2, pp 497-500.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Corey, Pamela (2017) Speech, the Still Image, and their Silent Returns in Vandy Rattana’s MONOLOGUE (2015).


Corey, Pamela (2020) 'Response to "Decolonizing Art History"' Art History, 43.

Corey, Pamela (2019) 'Response to Conversation Piece: “Why Exhibition Histories?”' British Art Studies, 13.

Corey, Pamela (2018) 'Sung Tieu: Abstraction and the Mnemonic Image' Unauthorised Medium, 16 Sep – 18 Nov 2018.

Corey, Pamela and O'Connor, Stanley J. (2017) 'Of Poems in a Recalcitrant Landscape: An Interview with Stanley J. O’Connor' Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art, 1.

Corey, Pamela (2016) 'Shortlist: Cambodia'.

Corey, Pamela (2016) 'Vandy Rattana: When Time Becomes Still the Landscape will Speak'.

Corey, Pamela (2015) 'Tiffany Chung: Between Imagination and Historicity'.

Corey, Pamela (2014) 'A Biography of a Building: The Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts [Online]'.

Corey, Pamela (2014) 'Metamorphosis' Lý Trần Quỳnh Giang: Where they turn to, December 11-30, 2014..

Corey, Pamela (2014) 'Nguyen Thai Tuan’s Abject Frames'.

Corey, Pamela (2013) 'An Assemblage of Future Relics: Tiffany Chung’s Affective Excavations'.

Corey, Pamela (2013) 'Urban Imaginaries in Cambodian Contemporary Art'.


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