FW: "Angkor and Its Global Connections=?Windows-1252?Q?=B2=3A_?=Conference, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 10-12 June 2011

Randy LaPolla R.LaPolla at latrobe.edu.au
Fri Mar 18 13:37:58 UTC 2011

Angkor and Its Global Connections: An International Conference to be
held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, 10-12 June 2011.

Applications close 10 April 2011
Email: lucyliu at iseas.edu.sg    [sic]

Queries should be directed to:
Ambassador Pou Sothirak (sothirak at iseas.edu.sg)  or
Dr Geoff Wade (gwade at iseas.edu.sg)

In collaboration with the APSARA (Authority for the Protection and
Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap) National Authority
of Cambodia, and with the support of the UNESCO Phnom Penh Office, the
Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies,
Singapore is pleased to announce the convening of a conference
entitled Angkor and Its Global Connections in Siem Reap over three
days 10-12 June 2011.

The aim of the proposed conference is to examine the history of the
Khmer polities which were centred in and around the Angkor region, the
development of their urban centres, and the links between these
polities and other political and cultural centres in Southeast Asia,
East Asia and beyond. It is hoped that the papers presented,
selections of which will be subsequently published in an edited
volume, will offer a state-of-the-field overview of Khmer polities,
their urban development and their relations with other polities and
cultural centres, including Tai, Thai, Cham, Viet, and Chinese
polities, the Arab and Persian worlds and maritime Southeast Asia.

The need for such a conference is obvious. While there are annual
ICC-Angkor meetings held in Siem Reap under the auspices of APSARA and
UNESCO, these relate mainly to the preservation and maintenance of the
monuments of the Angkor region. It has often been the case, however,
that these ancient cities have been examined in splendid isolation,
without sufficient reference to their external links which, it must be
affirmed, are integral and essential elements for any functioning
metropolis in history or today.

The most recent major scholarly conclaves to address the broader
issues of the historical and external contexts of the Khmer centres
were the ?Khmer Studies Symposium?, hosted by the Greater Angkor
Project at  Sydney University in 2005 and the ?Contemporary Research
on Pre-Angkor Cambodia? conference convened by the Centre for Khmer
Studies, Siem Reap in the same year. The amount of archaeological,
textual, epigraphic and comparative research which has been conducted
since then suggests that the field would benefit from another
gathering of specialists, with some new foci. It is to this end that
the proposed conference is being convened. This is the first
conference in the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre?s ?Early Cities of
Southeast Asia? series.

Research institutes throughout the world are invited to nominate
scholars whose participation in the conference they will financially
support. Independent scholars are also invited to submit proposals,
but funding will be limited to those from Asia most in need of
financial support.

The languages of the conference will be English and Khmer.

Proposals should be directed to:

Angkor and its Global Connections

Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119614
Email: lucyliu at iseas.edu.sg

Applications close 10 April 2011
Queries should be directed to:

Ambassador Pou Sothirak (sothirak at iseas.edu.sg)
Dr Geoff Wade (gwade at iseas.edu.sg)

With all best wishes,
Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies


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