Panel in honour of Dr Nishimura at the Asian Association of World History Congress

The Asian Association of World History Congress held in Singapore between 29-31 May will have a special panel entitled “The Ancient Studies in Vietnam from the view of integration of Archaeology and History” in honour of the late Dr. Nishimura.

Via Prof. John Miksic:

This panel will focus on Vietnam from the viewpoint of integration of archaeology and history. The late Dr. Nishimura realized that the framework of ancient studies advocated by the late Prof Mori Koichi, would be one of the principal axes of Area Studies.

One of his books, “Ancient Archaeological Studies in Vietnam” published in 2011 won a prize from the Japan Society for Southeast Asian History studies. Although his ultimate goal was the investigation of the “site” as an archaeologist, he integrated a lot of different methods of analysis.

After introducing the trajectory of Dr. Nishimura’s framework, we chose 4 topics from his fields of interest to discuss how his work continues to inspire current scholars. Two of the four topics recognize his strong interest in Vietnamese ceramics.

The first topic is Lung Khe citadel in Bac Ninh Province, in Northern Vietnam. New discoveries of a stone coffin and inscription support Dr. Nishiura’s hypothesis that Lung Khe citadel was not the Luy Lau and the Long Bien citadel(s). We also discuss the relationship with Funan and Oc Eo culture. Pham Le Huy, Le Thi Lien and Noriko Nishino will speak on this topic.

The second topic concerns the Champa Citadels in central Vietnam which will be presented by Do Truong Giang (Alex Giang), Mariko Yamagata, Nguyen Van Quang and Tomomi Suzuki.

The third topic is the 9th century shipwreck found off Quang Ngai province coast by 4 Japanese scholars (Noriko Nishino, Toru Aoyama, Jun Kimura, Nogami Takenori) and 1 Vietnamese underwater Archaeologist: Dr.Le Thi Lien.

The last topic to be discussed is the Kim Lan, Bat Trang pottery Village studies [in Hanoi]. This will be developed in the context of commercial activities in the 17th century and the influence of immigration.

Each topic will be discussed by at least 2 scholars: one historian and one archaeologist.

More details about the conference here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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