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5th International Conference on Lao Studies 2016

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July 8-10, 2016 at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

The International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS) is held once every three years (starting after 2007), rotating among various academic institutions around the world. In 2005, Northern Illinois University became the first host of the First Lao Studies conference, followed by Arizona State University in 2007, Khon Kaen Univeristy, Thailand in 2010, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013.

The main purpose of the Lao Studies conferences is to provide an international forum for scholars to present and discuss various aspects of ethno-linguistic groups of Laos, the Lao Isan, cross-border ethnic groups in Laos’ neighboring countries, and overseas Lao.

The Lao PDR today has a population of more than six million people, comprising an amazing complex of ethnolinguistic groups. Moreover, the number of ethnic Lao people outside of the Lao PDR, including the Lao “diaspora” numbers as many as twenty-five million. In recent years there has been an increased interest in Laos and its peoples as subjects of serious discussion by scholars and the interested public alike. Indeed, there has been a flowering of scholarly publications on topics pertaining to Laos in the last several decades and a growing interest cultivated by the international media with its global reach. The First International Conference on Lao Studies at the Northern Illinois University heralded the burgeoning of a growing interest in Lao studies among a new generation of scholars. The subsequent conferences will build on that momentum.

Theme

The theme of the Fifth International Conference on Lao Studies is “Lao PDR in the ASEAN Context” with particular (though not exclusive) emphasis on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

All Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states have committed to creating a region which is highly competitive, equitable in economic development and fully integrated into the global economy. The establishment of the AEC in 2015 will bring enormous opportunities as well as great challenges for the individual member countries in the region, especially for Lao PDR.

Suggested topics for the conference range from economic studies, social sciences, studies on culture, language and history, art, literature, music, Buddhism, traditional knowledge, education, environment and health, and much more. For more details and deadlines for submission of paper presentations, posters, performances etc. please visit the conference homepage.

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The Emergence of Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia: Southeast Asian Perspectives

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Symposium to be held on July 3, 2015

Oganised by THE SOUTHEAST ASIA ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY ACADEMIC PROGRAMME AT SOAS

Mainland Southeast Asia underwent major civilizational transitions when the Hindu-Mahayana Buddhist Angkorian Empire met its end over the 13th-15th centuries and Theravada Buddhism emerged in its wake. While Angkor remained a reference for the new states that developed across the mainland, Theravada Buddhism structured the cultural, social and political forms which continue to define the region. Given the importance of these changes, astonishingly little is understood about how it actually happened, notably in the Angkorian heartland itself. By supporting interdisciplinary exchange on the Theravadin material heritage across the Southeast Asian region (including Sri Lanka) during this transitional period this symposium aims to begin to redress this gap in our regional understandings.

Knowledge on the emergence of Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia is partially due to the nature of the transformation itself: marking an abrupt halt in the prolific stone temple construction, statuary production and epigraphic composition which had characterized the Angkorian Kingdom for more than four centuries, the early Cambodian Theravadin complex left relatively little easily accessible material evidence for its future study.

This relative lack has been compounded by scholarly privileging of the spectacular accomplishments of Angkor since the beginning of modern scholarship in the colonial period. Times did change however, and it is time that the body of research on the early post-Angkorian period in the post-colonial era be collectively evaluated and pursued.

Temples and stupas were built and rebuilt, statues were sculpted and retouched, texts were composed and recomposed, practices evolved and legends were born.

Out of this work, the Cambodian state was given new life in and beyond Angkor and, in such, confirmed the hold Theravada had across the region.

The dominant structuring of modern scholarship on the basis of national borders has further limited our understandings of the phenomenon at hand. Certain Theravadin forms and practices came to Cambodia from somewhere else at this time. From where? Why?

And how? What can be discerned about and from the specificities of the Cambodian complex in relation to its Theravadin relatives? By bringing together scholars from across the region, and across disciplines, we aim to break new ground on early Cambodian Theravada and, in turn, shed light on mainland developments as a whole.

Requests for more detailed information and expressions of interest should be sent to:

sg74@soas.ac.uk and at50@soas.ac.uk

SEALG Annual Meeting 2015

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Dear members and friends of the Southeast Asia Library Group,

We are glad to inform you that the next SEALG Annual Meeting is being organized as a joint conference with the SAALG (South Asia Archive and Library Group) and will take place in Paris on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th July 2015. This will be just before the EurASEAA15 Conference in Paris (6-10 July).
The tentative format of the Annual Meeting is as follows:

Friday, 3rd July:
– SEALG and SAALG meet at EFEO for a mixture of SEA and SA topic talks during the day
Theme: “The French Connection – with South and Southeast Asia”
Venue and time : more details will be circulated nearer the time
– joint SAALG and SEALG dinner

Saturday, 4th July
– visit to the Musee Guimet in the morning
– SEALG panel of additional talks on topics other than the “French Connection” – a Call for Papers will be circulated to SEALG members soon

Please keep following this blog for updates!

On behalf of the SEALG committee and chair,

Doris Jedamski (d.a.jedamski@library.leidenuniv.nl)

Southeast Asian exhibits at Musee Guimet

Southeast Asian exhibits at Musee Guimet

16th General Conference of the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL) XVI

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Bangkok, 11-13 June 2015

The 16th General Conference of CONSAL is one of the regular activities conducted by the host country of the CONSAL Meeting.

From 11-13 June 2015, the National Library of Thailand in cooperation with the Thai Library Association will be hosting the 16th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL XVI). The Congress will be convened at BITEC (Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre) in Bangkok, Thailand. The Conference theme is “ASEAN Aspirations: Libraries for Sustainable Advancement”. There will be numerous paper presentations on library and librarians issues from CONSAL country members in the conference. This is an excellent opportunity for networking between Southeast Asian libraries and librarians.

For more information, registration, programme, keynote speakers and important dates, please view the conference homepage.

Bangkok, Chulalongkorn University campus

Bangkok, Chulalongkorn University campus

Conference on Manuscripts and Archives, Hamburg

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Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, 19-22 November 2014

The Centre of the Studies of Manuscripts Cultures (University of Hamburg) organizes a conference on Manuscripts and Archives from 19-22 November 2014. Contributions from the field of Southeast Asian manuscript cultures are most welcome and are encouraged. Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible.

The conference will explore the complex topic of the archive in a historical, systematic and comparative dimension and try to contextualise it in the broader context of manuscript cultures by addressing the following questions: How, by whom and for which purpose are archival records produced? Is there any observable difference from literary manuscripts concerning materials, formats, producers (scribes)? Where are they stored, how organised? Are there other objects stored together with the records? Which practices are involved inside the archive, how and by whom are they used? Is there a term or a concept of archive as opposed to library, museum, cabinet (of curiosities) and the like? Is there a relation to historiography? Is there an archival science (archivology)?

The conference takes place at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Warburgstraße 26, Hamburg, Germany.

Participation in the conference is free of charge and visitors are welcome.

For more detailed information and registration please visit the CSMC website: http://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/register_archives.html

6th SSEASR Conference, Colombo 2015

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We have the pleasure of extending to you the information of the forthcoming 6th SSEASR Conference on Heritage in the History, Culture and Religion of South and Southeast Asia. This international Conference of the South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion (SSEASR) which runs under the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), is rated as one of the best South and Southeast Asian conferences on history, culture, religion, languages and civilizations in the world under the aegis of the CIPSH, UNESCO.
The Conference is being organized by the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka in collaboration with the International Association for Asian Heritage (IAAH) and Sri Lanka Association of Buddhist Studies (SLABS) in Colombo from June 04 to June 07, 2015. It is also planned to organise a post-Conference tour (June 8-11).
The FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT and call for papers can be accessed at:
http://www.sseasr.org/6th_SSEASR_conference_first_announcement.pdf
More information on the SSEASR and the Conference will be available from the website http://www.sseasr.org.

Prof. Anura Manatunga
Organising Secretary
6th SSEASR Conference, 2015
University of Kelaniya, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Email: SSEASR-Srilanka@hotmail.com

“Surviving Far East Captivity and the Aftermath: 70 Years on”

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2015 Conference of the Researching FEPOW History Group

The Researching FEPOW History Group announces the 5th International Conference in association with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), which will take place on 5-7 June 2015 at the Old School, LSTM, in Liverpool. The theme of the conference is “Surviving Far East Captivity and the Aftermath: 70 Years on“.

Researching FEPOW History was established in 2005 with the aim of organising biennial conferences to aid those who are researching the experiences of ex-Far Eastern prisoners of war or civilian internees. The organising team comprises seven FEPOW researchers. Their aim is to share FEPOW history, information and research as widely as possible. They are independent, affiliated to no specific organization or group, but in touch with as many as possible worldwide. They invite world renowned historians, authors and researchers to present their work to as wide an audience as possible.

In alphabetical order, speakers confirmed for the 2015 Conference include:
Keith Andrews (research), Jeya Ayadurai (Changi, Singapore), Rod Beattie MBE (Thailand), Frank Cottrell Boyce (scriptwriter, The Railway Man), Jon Cooper (Singapore), Jane Davies (Lancashire Fusiliers Museum; FEPOW in Korea), Professor Geoff Gill (LSTM), Dr Rosalind Hearder (Australian medics), Dr Lizzie Oliver (Sumatra Railway), Meg Parkes (FEPOW medical art), Martin Percival and Stephen Rockliffe (RAPWI and Repatriation), Philip Reed (IWM) – Roderick Suddaby Lecture, Stephen Walton (IWM), Anne Wheeler (Canadian film producer), Professor Rupert Wilkinson (child internee in Philippines).

The conference also includes an optional visit to the Lancashire Infantry Museum’s FEPOW archives (2nd Loyals, held in Singapore, Thailand and Korea) on 8 June 2015. This archive is a jewel and should not to be missed by those with an interest in FEPOW history.

For more detailed information and registration, please visit the Researching FEPOW Group’s 2015 Conference page.

(Forwarded by Rachel Rowe, SAALG) 

 

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