The Chinese University of Hong Kong
4th Annual Postgraduate Student Forum Asian Anthropology: Materiality, Movement, and Change
9 â€“ 10 December 2011
The Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, invites graduate students in Asia and elsewhere to present their current research at the 4th Annual Postgraduate Student Forum. The theme for this yearâ€™s conference is, â€œAsian Anthropology: Materiality, Movement, and Change.â€
Hong Kong is a global city, a major node for trade, investment, and the exchange of ideas. The Postgraduate Student Forum seeks to encourage communication among young anthropologists in and of the Asian region, to help improve their research and to make the excellent research being conducted in Asia better known internationally.
The excavation of Spanish-period stone houses in the Batangas province of Philippines concluded this year, and an exhibition will be displayed at the University of the Philippines-Diliman next month. You can read the San Juan Archaeological Project blog here.
Locals living near a proposed world heritage site in Thailand mount opposition to the listing, fearing changes to their way of life. Also interesting is that preparations to list the temple as a world heritage site is underway – perhaps indications that Thailand will not withdraw from the convention after all?
A possible prehistoric footprint found in Thailand’s Phitsanulok province? I’m not sure how this depression might be dated though, if it is at all possible. (Thanks to Andreas HÃ¶rstemeier for the link.)
The museum of the Manila’s walled city, Intramuros, scheduled to open next year will hold US$35 million worth of antiques and artifacts. The museum will feature displays dating back to the 17th century.
The new Thai government will review the earlier decision to pull out of the World Heritage Committee after a dispute over Preah Vihear. The move kinda confirms my suspicions that the pullout was more of a political gambit related to the recent elections – but we’ll have to wait and see: the review may still recommend that Thailand formally pulls out of the convention.
With virtual tours and 3D scanning becoming more and more viable, the idea of turning these technologies for remote access becomes increasingly compelling. Certainly for World Heritage Sites in danger and/or dispute, virtual tours may be one way for visitors to enjoy sites without leaving a physical mark – Borobudur, Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear come to mind. It might also be a way for archaeologists to study sites remotely, too.
The Niah Caves in Sarawak, where one of the oldest anatomically modern human remains in Southeast Asia was found (approx 40,000 years old), has been put up by the Malaysian government for nomination as a World Heritage site.