[Conference] Heritage Protection: The Asian Experience

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Readers in Bangkok may be interested in this heritage conference in January next year.

The Pan-Asia Conference on “Heritage Protection: The Asian Experience”
Date:  Friday 25th and Saturday 26th January 2019
Place: At The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage, Bangkok, Thailand

At a time of rapid economic, technological, and social changes, the Siam Society Under Royal Patronage, a leading Thai civil society organisation in the field of cultural heritage together with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Authority of Thailand, is hosting a conference entitled “Heritage Protection: The Asian Experience”, held in the English language, in Bangkok, on 25th – 26th January 2019. The conference will bring together Asian thinkers, professionals, and practitioners in the field of cultural heritage protection who will examine the meaning of “Culture”, “Cultural Heritage”, and “Cultural Heritage Protection” in Asian nations.

A well-developed corpus of conventions, guidelines, and internationally accepted best practices for cultural heritage protection already exists, which largely arose out of successful European experiences in heritage protection in the 19th and 20th centuries; hence, it is only natural that heritage protection theories reflect such European experiences. This conference invites Asian speakers to describe cultural heritage from an Asian perspective, recognising the diversity of cultures and cultural heritage protection experiences across the Asian continent.

The speakers will look at various aspects of the Asian experience of cultural heritage protection within diverse Asian settings to determine: what are the main obstacles to successful heritage protection; what works and what does not; what lessons can be drawn for Asian people from Asian experiences? Furthermore, they will suggest cultural heritage protection strategies most likely to be effective within the Asian socio-cultural and political contexts, focusing on community involvement, the role of law, and entrepreneurs’ contributions.

The conference will be divided into four sub-themes, each addressed in one of the four half-day panel discussions:

  • Heritage is the living present of the past.
  • People taking ownership of heritage.
  • How to put law to work on behalf of heritage protection?
  • How can entrepreneurial energies complement heritage protection?

Speakers from twelve nations will participate on the panels, each delivering a 20-minute oral summary of the main points of their respective papers. (The abstract of each paper will be published in the Conference Booklet to be distributed to all the attendees.) A moderator will pose questions, solicit audience participation, and conclude the sessions. At the end of the conference, two seminar rapporteurs will synthesize key points and themes that arose during the four sessions. A book compiling the conference papers will come out in 2019 for widespread distribution throughout the Asian region.

Please find the program and more information about speakers and registration at the attached file or visit the conference webpage at conference2019.siam-society.org

11th KAPI Conference

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Greetings from Katipunan Arkeologists ng Pilipinas, Inc. (Society of Philippine Archaeologists), Bahay Saliksikan, Bulacan State University and the City of Malolos!

On 8 December 2018, we will be holding the 11th KAPI Conference at Bahay Na Tisa, Malolos Bulacan. We are inviting archaeologists, related researchers, and cultural workers to disseminate and update the community in their research findings, build networks and linkages, and discuss issues on the country’s archaeological heritage.

With the theme: “Peoples, Things, and Cultures: Papers on Integration in Philippine Archaeology”, papers and posters that contribute to the conference abstract are welcome. You can submit your abstract by emailing kapi.org.ph@gmail.com containing the title and abstract of no more than 300 words. Papers may be presented in either Filipino or English. Deadline for abstract will be on November 5, 2018 (Monday).

You may already pre-register at this online form: https://goo.gl/forms/N1psTSzjB7KP12Cr1 and check out our website www.kapi.org.ph for more details about the conference.

CFP: EUROSEAS Conference Berlin 2019

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The next EuroSEAS conference will be held in Berlin from 10-13 September 2019 and will be hosted by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Call for Panels
The European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) will hold its 10th conference from 10 to 13 September 2019 at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. As an international and multi-disciplinary organisation, EuroSEAS invites scholars and PhD students from all academic disciplines with an interest in Southeast Asia to submit panels that explore relevant research topics from an interdisciplinary perspective as well as discuss theoretical and methodological aspects of research generated in the field of Southeast Asian Studies.

Proposals are also invited for a limited number of roundtable discussions about recent developments in Southeast Asia and for laboratories that would develop cross-disciplinary collaboration. Proposals for panels, roundtables and laboratories do not need a list of participants, just an abstract and a convener will do!

Panels
Panels consist of a convener, 3-4 presenters, and if possible, a discussant. Double sessions of max 6 presentations are allowed. We invite panels on a wide range of topics in the social sciences and humanities of Southeast Asia. We prefer panels with a geographical comparative approach and panels that cross disciplinary boundaries. We especially invite panels on climate change, literature, performing arts, and archaeology – fields that were underrepresented in previous conferences.
Submission format: (1) title, (2) convener, (3) brief description of panel, max ½ page, (4) single session (1 x 90 min.): 3-4 presenters; double session (2 x 90 min.): 6 presenters, (5) optional: discussant.

Roundtables
Roundtables address current issues and new developments, and consist of a convener and max. 6 participants who prepare brief statements followed by audience discussion.
Submission format: (1) title, (2) convener, (3) explain in ½ page urgency of topic, (4) max 6 presenters.

Laboratories
Laboratories are closed meetings for young scholars to develop innovative cross-disciplinary plans. Laboratories run for half a day and consist of a convener and max 8 participants. Towards the end of the conference conveners will present the results of these meetings to a larger audience.
Submission format: (1) title, (2) convener, (3) explain in ½ page plans for discussion and collaboration, (4) max 8 participants.

Deadline
Please send your proposals to euroseas@kitlv.nl by 1 December 2018.

Inquiries
For inquiries, please contact Henk Schulte Nordholt (euroseas@kitlv.nl).

Hue hosts 21st Congress of Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association

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via Viet Nam Net, 25 September 2018: A news mention about the IPPA congress going on this week, where I have been following up on the latest archaeological developments in the region and catching up with old and new friends. You can follow the live twitter coverage here.

Stone axes found in the Central Highlands in 2016 believed to date back to the pre-Epipaleolithic era. Source: Viet Nam Net 20180925

Stone axes found in the Central Highlands in 2016 believed to date back to the pre-Epipaleolithic era. Source: Viet Nam Net 20180925

The 21st Congress of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA) has opened in the former imperial city of Hue in central Thua Thien-Hue province, bringing together 700 archeologists from 35 countries, including the host Vietnam.

The six-day congress will continue until September 28, with several separate topic meetings as well as visits to relics built by the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) in Hue.

IPPA Secretary-General Ian Lilley said the congress would be a chance for archeologists around the world to gain a deeper understanding of the progress of archeology in the Indo-Pacific region.

Source: Hue hosts 21st Congress of Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association – News VietNamNet

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PoP Picks @ IPPA2018 at New Mandala

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via Perspectives on the Past in New Mandala: Michael Leadbetter highlights some of the interesting sessions at the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Congress in Hue, Vietnam happening next week. It is a very large conference with many concurrent sessions, so if you aren’t in Hue (or even if you are) you can follow the live tweets on the #IPPA2018 coverage page.

The most important conference for Asia-Pacific archaeology, heritage & museums is in Vietnam from 23 to 28 September. PoP takes a look at the Southeast Asia sessions & papers we are most excited about.

Source: PoP Picks @ IPPA2018 – New Mandala

Follow live updates from IPPA2018 in Hue, Vietnam

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Live updates from IPPA2018

Live updates from IPPA2018

The 21st Congress of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association is happening in Hue, Vietnam from 23-28 September 2018. The congress is one of the largest gatherings of archaeologists in the Asia-Pacific region, and there will be much new knowledge shared during these few days (and undoubtedly, much beer imbibed as well). You can follow the conference real-time on Twitter using the hashtag #ippa2018, or, bookmark this page to see whenever the hashtag is being used.

Special thanks to the IPPA2018 Twitter contributors including Melandri Vlok (@BoneGuerilla), Marie Sioco (@MLAntoinettte), Michael Leadbetter (@M1ke_Pb), Monica Tromp (@Monica_Tromp), Sian Halcrow (@ancientchildren), Adeline Alison (@adeline_alison), Belinda Duke (@BelindaJDuke) and of course, myself (@seaarch).

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SPAFACON2019 Call for Sessions

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It’s back! The 3rd SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology will be held next year from 17-19 June 2019 (with optional site visits and workshops on 20-21). This time, the conference is jointly organised by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) and the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture, Thailand. Disclosure: SEAMEO SPAFA is my employer, and I am part of the organising committee of the conference.

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Right now we are accepting proposals for sessions and also starting up a mailing list for conference announcements. For more information on either, please visit the official conference website: http://www.seameo-spafa.org/conference2019/

[CFP] 8th SSEASR Conference: Rivers and Religion of South and Southeast Asia

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The 8th South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion (SSEASR) Conference has been announced for Dhaka, Bangladesh for 13-16 June 2019. The theme of the conference is ‘Rivers and Religion: Connecting Cultures of South and Southeast Asia’

Rivers played a very crucial role in the development of world civilization. This is also true for South and Southeast Asia, where thousands of rivers connecting culture and thought. The vast watercourse of the River Ganga in South Asia, and that of the Mekong River in Southeast Asia, along with other major rivers in the region, determined the culture, belief system and philosophical thoughts of the region for several millennia. The homogeneity of culture and religious practices therein is seen today largely due to the flow and sacredness of South and Southeast Asian rivers. The role of rivers in connecting culture, commerce and conviction in the region of South and Southeast Asia will dot the 3th SSEASR conference as its major thrust for the academic study of culture and religion.

The academic discourse on rivers and religion to understand cultural
development of South and Southeast Asia is a very pertinent subject for achieving sustainable development goals of the 21st century. Purpose of the 3th SSEASR conference is encouraging world academia to initiate the dialogue on the much relevant issues on the subject in order to better understand, compare, interpret, and analyse countless beliefs, practices, traditions, communities and other related phenomena.

Strikingly, the history of Bangladesh is entwined in the history of its numerous and diverse rivers and water channels. Beautifully known as the Land of Thousand Rivers (“Hazar Nadir Desh” in Bangla language). These rivers – the life of the country – have nurtured Bangladesh through the ages and their banks also write the tales of the human civilization accomplished. These rivers not only facilitated trade but also worked as primary agents of carrying religions, spirituality, folklore, beliefs and beyond. No wonder, Bangladesh is a home of very rich and diverse culture. Therefore, the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh is proud to host the Sth SSEASR conference in the capital city of Dhaka, during Thursday, June 13- Sunday, June 16, 2019.

With the above conceptual parameter, we suggest following sub-themes for the Conference:

1. Riverine Routes and Religious links in South and Southeast Asia
2. Sacredness of Rivers, Riverfronts and Races
3. Major Rivers and their Valleys: The Lifeline of South and Southeast Asia
4. Tirthas and Pilgrimages in South and Southeast Asia
5. Culture and Eco-Tourism along the rivers in South and Southeast Asia
6. Iconography and Personification of River related Deities and Celestial beings
7. Art, Architecture and Archaeology of South and Southeast Asia
8. Language, Literature and Sacred Texts
9. Religious Practices and Behaviours of Indigenous People
10. Performing Arts, Fairs and Festivals
11. South and Southeast Asian Diaspora in the World: Religiosity and Survival

More details and registration information in the website below:
Source: sseasr.org

Asia Pacific Conference on Human Evolution

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Readers may be interested in this conference happening in Brisbane next June. No call for papers yet, but you can register your interest in the website below.

Image by Guillaume Paumier

Image by Guillaume Paumier

The Asia Pacific Conference on Human Evolution (APCHE) aims to bring together experts working on all aspects of biological evolution of humans in the broader Asian and Pacific regions

Participants will include active researchers in palaeoanthropology, biological anthropology, genomics and palaeogenomics, primatology, as well as all disciplines engaged in understanding the environmental and site-specific context of human evolution across Asia and Australasia, including taphonomy, geochronology, palaeoecology, and geoarchaeology.

This conference will foster international collaborations between researchers actively engaged in scientific analyses and exploration in Asia and the Pacific, and will highlight the exciting developments and discoveries that are rewriting our understanding of how and when humans left Africa and expanded into new lands to the east.

Source: Asia Pacific Conference on Human Evolution

The MaP Fund AIMA/ASHA Conference Grants 2018

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Posted on behalf of the MaP Fund

Applications should be sent to: map.fundsa@gmail.com
Deadline – Monday 26 August 2018

Background
The MaP Fund is dedicated to the advancement of maritime and underwater archaeology and the protection and investigation of underwater cultural heritage in the Asia and the Pacific region, in particular in Australia and the ASEAN countries.

One of the objectives of the MaP Fund is to:
* provide grants and scholarships to support graduate and postgraduate students studying maritime or underwater archaeology or underwater cultural heritage management in Australia in attending and presenting their research at conferences in Australia and overseas. We particularly encourage presentation of research at the annual SHA Conference in the USA, the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage and/or the annual AIMA Conference.

The MaP AIMA/ASHA Conference Grants 2018
In order to further the objectives of the MaP Fund we are offering two (or more) grants (up to a total value of $2,000) for Honours, Graduate (Graduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters) or PhD students enrolled full-time or part-time at any Australian University and conducting research towards a thesis in maritime archaeology or a closely related field.

The grants will help the successful applicants to attend and present their research at the 2018 AIMA/ASHA Conference. The grant is expected to cover some of the costs (airfare, conference registration, accommodation, food allowance or conference tours) associated with the conference.

Eligibility criteria are listed below:
The successful applicants must:
• have submitted and been accepted to present at the AIMA/ASHA Conference
• be resident in any state or territory of Australia.
• be enrolled full-time or part-time at any Australian University
• be conducting research for a thesis in maritime archaeology or a closely related field

Requirements
Applicants for the MaP Fund AIMA/ASHA Conference Grants should provide:
* a copy of their abstract for the conference
* a brief cv (no more than 2 pages)
* a covering letter (no more than 1 page) indicating why they should receive this support
* a budget statement (no more than 1 page) indicating the costs that they expect to incur (airfare, conference registration, accommodation, food allowance or conference tours) and indicating what parts of their budget (if anything) are being paid for by their university, scholarship, employer and/or themselves as well as what they would like the MaP Fund grant to pay for.

The successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a strong interest and commitment to maritime archaeology.

The successful applicant will be expected to write a brief blog about their experiences for the MaP Fund Facebook page during the AIMA/ASHA Conference.

See the MaP Fund Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/mapfundsa/

Registrations for the AIMA/ASHA conference have now opened.
Early bird rates are available for full registration of society (ASHA or AIMA) members, purchased before the 10th August.