Call for Papers: Decolonising Southeast Asia’s Past: Archaeology, History of Art, and National Boundaries

Call for Papers: Conference, “Decolonising Southeast Asia’s Past: Archaeology, History of Art, and National Boundaries,” 13-14 Sept 2018, at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University, Tha Prachan Campus, Bangkok. Abstracts due by 15 May.
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Abstract:
The construction of Southeast Asia’s past developed significantly from the nineteenth century, as a result of a search for the roots of the modern nation-state and Western colonial attempts to explain the history of colonized countries. History, Archaeology, and History of Art as disciplines therefore played an important role in this period. Today, these colonial productions are still being reproduced, although some earlier perspectives have been challenged by scholars for being based on a Western point of view.

This 2018 international conference aims to explore and reconsider Southeast Asia’s past from different perspectives, paradigms, and methodologies.
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This conference will be divided into 3 major panels:
1. Archaeology:
Major themes: post-colonial archaeology, decolonizing colonial archaeological knowledge, post-processual archaeology, and interpretative archaeology (hermeneutics)
Conveners: Dr. Rasmi Schoocongdej, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University
Dr. Podjanok Kanjanajuntorn, Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology

2. History of Art:
Major themes: post-colonial art history, post-structuralism in history of art, gender, critical thinking and ancient art, contemporary art
Conveners: Prof. Dr. Ashley Thompson, SOAS, University of London
Udomluck Hoontrakul, PhD Candidate, SOAS, University of London

3. States and Borders:
Major themes: ethnic conflict and borders, knowledge without borders, the problem of state polity concepts in Southeast Asia, the problem of national borders in art history and archaeology
Conveners: Prof. Dr. Mandy Sadan, SOAS, University of London
Udomluck Hoontrakul, PhD Candidate, SOAS, University of London
Panel coordinator: Assist. Prof. Pipad Krajaejun, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University
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Target Participants:
This will be a fairly focused conference that aims to draw small but enthusiastic groups of scholars and researchers from a wide range of research interests on issues related to Southeast Asia. The target presenters and participants include:
– University lecturers and school teachers
– Researchers
– Non-affiliated academics
– Postgraduate students
– Government and Non-Governmental Organization officials
– General Public
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Call for Papers:
– An abstract of no more than 200 words, deadline 15th May 2018
– Submit to: decolonisingSEApast@gmail.com, AND https://goo.gl/forms/8YLmZcCSEza89NZN2
– Full papers of 3000 words, to be submitted by 31st October 2018
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Conference Format:
A typical conference with keynote papers (50 minutes + 10 minutes of questions/discussion = 1 hour) and parallel paper sessions (25 minutes + 5 minutes questions/discussion = 30 minutes).
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Conference Proceedings:
Presenters can submit their full papers to be selected for publication in the online, peer-reviewed conference proceedings.
Alternatively, papers can be submitted to peer-reviewed journals under supervision of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University such as the Journal of Liberal Arts (TCI Tier 1), the Journal of Language and Linguistics (TCI Tier 1), and the Journal of History.
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Registration and Fee:
Speakers: 1200 Thai Baht; Poster Presentations: 800 Thai Baht; Participants (including students): 500 Thai Baht [no fee distinction between Thai citizens and international presenters. Registration fees to be paid in CASH on the first day of the conference].
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Cultural Walk (Optional):
On Wednesday 12th September 2018, a cultural walk/sight-seeing will be organized to the Grand Palace or other tourist attractions in a walking distance from the conference venue. Bookings can be made on the Registration Form.
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Important dates/deadlines:
– Last day of abstract submission: 15th May 2018
– Notification of Acceptance: 31st May 2018
– Deadline for full paper submission: 31st October 2018
– Notification of Acceptance for publication on conference proceedings: 30th November 2018
– Proceedings Publication (online): 31st December 2018
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For further information, please send an email to
decolonisingSEApast@gmail.com, LATU2018@arts.tu.ac.th

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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