CFP: Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference

Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference, 3-5 July 2018, University of Sydney

Proposal submissions are now open for the 22nd biennial Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Conference 2018. This conference will bring together academics from across disciplines with a shared interest in Asia. The conference is open to scholars, students and community members wishing to share their research and hear about the latest developments in Asian studies. We particularly encourage multi-country or multi-disciplinary representation, as well as gender balance and the inclusion of established and junior scholars, in all panels.

You can propose a panel, an individual paper, or a workshop. We will also be hosting a number of roundtables on topical issues such as Asian Cities, Climate change, Securing Asia, Pandemics and emerging diseases, and Asia’s heritage challenges (suitable applicants are invited to apply).

Proposal submissions close 1 November 2017.

ASAA conference 2018 will also include a dedicated postgraduate workshop on 2 July 2018. The workshop is open to all postgraduate members of the ASAA. Postgraduates wishing to attend the workshop are strongly encouraged to attend the conference. Bursaries will be available.

If there are any questions please feel free to contact Natali.Pearson@sydney.edu.au

UNESCO and ASEAN joint forces to strengthen the protection of underwater heritage in the Southeast Asian region

via Unesco, 21 September 2017: I was in Makassar last week to attend this meeting organised by Unesco and ASEAN. On the agenda was the 2001 convention on Underwater Cultural Heritage (of which only Cambodia is signatory to).

Source: UNESCO and ASEAN joint forces to strengthen the protection of underwater heritage in the Southeast Asian region | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

CFP: SEA Studies Symposium 2018

The 7th Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium will be held in March 2018 at Universitas Indonesia with the theme: “What is Southeast Asia? Exploring Uniqueness and Diversity”. Proposals for papers and sessions are due by October 15, 2017.

“What is Southeast Asia? Exploring Uniqueness and Diversity” 22–24 March 2018 at Universitas Indonesia in collaboration with School of Environmental Science, Universitas Indonesia Indonesia Environ…

Source: SEA Studies Symposium 2018 – Call for Panels and Papers | Project Southeast Asia

IPPA 2018

From Ian Lilley, IPPA Sec-Gen

Dear IPPA Community,

On behalf of the co-Presidents of the 2018 IPPA Congress, Prof. Nguyen Giang Hai and Dr. Phan Thanh Hai, I would like to open the call for sessions and papers. The Congress will open on Sunday 23 September and sessions will run on Monday 24, Tuesday 25, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 September. Following IPPA tradition, we will keep Wednesday 25 September free for rest and local tours in and around Hue, where there is plenty to do and see. Vietnam has an excellent tourist industry, so all tours (including pre- and post-Congress tours) will be the responsibility of individual IPPA delegates, not the conference organisers.

Program space will be limited. Scheduling priority will be given to sessions rather than individual papers. There will be four 90-minute session blocks each day, with parallel sessions running in each time-block as required. A standard single session will be 90 minutes, ending in a coffee or lunch break. Sessions may take up more than one 90 block as required, but only in whole blocks. The session format is up to session organisers (ie standard group of presentations, discussion panel, forum etc). Individual papers that are not part of an organised session will be aggregated in unthemed sessions as program space permits.

Individual delegates may have their name on any number of sessions or papers but to keep the organisation of the program manageable each delegate will be limited to two (2) presenting/speaking roles only (such as presenter/speaker, discussant, panel member, forum member, facilitator, moderator, chair).

Please have your suggestions to me by no later than 30 November 2017. Acceptance of late submissions cannot be guaranteed.

Formal letters of invitation will be provided by the Vietnamese conference hosts as required after sessions and papers have been accepted. Funding assistance will be very limited, with priority given to currently-enrolled students.

Please also note that the Vietnamese annual national archaeological conference “New discoveries in Archaeology 2017” will be held in Hue on Saturday 29 September, immediately following the IPPA meeting.

UNESCO World Heritage Centre – UNESCO Expert Meeting for the World Heritage Nomination Process of the Maritime Silk Routes

The Maritime Silk Route would naturally include many Southeast Asian stops.

UNESCO Expert Meeting for the World Heritage Nomination Process of the Maritime Silk Routes

There has been much discussion about possible strategies for the nominations on the UNESCO World Heritage List of the impact of maritime trade on the cultures and civilizations between East and West often referred to as the ‘Maritime Silk Routes’. The aim of this UNESCO Expert Meeting for the World Heritage Nomination Process of the Maritime Silk Routes, which will be held on 30-31 May 2017 in London, is to bring together scholars who have worked on the history, archaeology, and heritage of maritime interactions across this vast area in order to discuss the strategy for further research, as well as the development of a platform to enter into a possible dialogue with the States Parties of the World Heritage Convention along the Maritime Silk Routes.

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Centre – UNESCO Expert Meeting for the World Heritage Nomination Process of the Maritime Silk Routes

Call for Papers: International Conference Binh Dinh ancient ceramics

From the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, an international conference to be held in Binh Dinh province on 26th to 28th October 2017 (tentative)

In order to shed more light on Binh Dinh ancient ceramics and its role in the history of economic and cultural exchange between Champa and Dai Viet as well as other countries in South East Asia, the Research Center for Imperial Citadel (RCIC) – Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), in co-operating with Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism – People Committee of Binh Dinh Province, are intending to organize the International Conference Binh Dinh ancient ceramics – Vijaya Kingdom and its relationship with Thang Long citadel – Dai Viet (11th-15th centuries) in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh province in late October 2017.

This conference seeks to summarize, evaluate the scholarly achievements of Champa ancient ceramics in Binh Dinh and issues related to the history of economic and cultural exchange between Vijaya Kingdom and Thang Long Citadel as well as other South East Asia countries in the past.

For more details, please download the flyer here.

Art on the Rocks – Discussing the future of rock art from Namibia

Last week I was in Namibia attending a colloquium on rock art organized by the Getty Conservation Institute. The aim of the colloquium was to share thoughts, ideas and solutions about rock art management, conservation and public engagement with perspectives from around the world, and it was a continuation of earlier discussions which began in Southern Africa and Australia (you can download the papers and results of the earlier colloquiums here).

Dancing Kudu from the Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site
Dancing Kudu from the Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site

The participants were a good mix of researchers, site managers, indigenous voices and artists, who each shared unique perspectives and case studies ranging from rock art films, community engagement projects, fund raising. For my presentation, I shared examples of rock art site protection from Southeast Asia, including bits of earlier research on how religious shrines form around rock art sites; the use of social media to engage the public (such as by reading this site, or following this blog on Facebook and Twitter) and highlighted the ongoing Gua Tambun Heritage Awareness Project run by the team at Universiti Sains Malaysia (also a site I had worked on previously). While my presentation was the only one specific to SEA, there were several other participants who have worked or are working in the region as well – a reflection of the growing interest in rock art here.

Catherine Namono of the University of Witzwatersrand discussing community-led rock art management
Catherine Namono of the University of Witzwatersrand discussing community-led rock art management

We also got to visit the world heritage sites of Twyfelfontein and Brandberg, known for rock art that was created by the Bushmen of Southern Africa. The rock art sites are several thousands years old, depicting animals such as giraffes, elephants, rhino and other wildlife. The rock art at Brandberg was mostly paintings, while at Twyfelfontein the rock art was predominantly petroglyphs (carvings) and it was interesting to see the contrast and also the number of sites.

Visiting the White Lady rock art site in Brandberg
Visiting the White Lady rock art site in Brandberg
The White Lady
The iconic ‘White Lady, which was discovered about 100 years ago – it isn’t actually a lady but a male shaman figure!
Twyfelfontein Lion Carving
The lion carving is the icon of the Twyfelfontein site, and is thought to be a depiction of a shaman because of the human hands depicted instead of paws
Zebra carving at Twyfelfontein
Zebra carving at Twyfelfontein
Dancing Kudu site from the air
Dancing Kudu site from the air

It was my first visit to Africa, and apart from the rock art sites there were also lots of animals to see!

Desert Elephants
Desert Elephants
Springboks
Springboks
Giraffes
Giraffes

Meetings like these are very useful to keep up to date with international trends, and also challenge one’s self with new perspectives. Australia and South Africa had clear leadership roles in the area of rock art management due to the number of sites in their region and also issues and experience in dealing with indigenous communities and having multiple research projects focused on rock art; in contrast, there aren’t many dedicated rock art scholars in this region, rock art management here depends largely on state intervention and in most cases Southeast Asian rock art has no ancestral connection to the people living in the area today. Still, I learnt a lot and will be applying some ideas to future rock art projects at my day job in SPAFA.

Dronie from the Brandberg White Lady site
Dronie from the Brandberg White Lady site

Many thanks to the Getty Conservation Institute for the opportunity to participate in this rock art colloquium, and in particular Neville Agnew, Nicholas Hall and Paul Taçon. There should be a publication from this meeting out hopefully by the end of the year, and I’ll post news about it when it comes out.

Pseudo-archaeology conference in Philippines next month

Warning: A pseudo-archaeology conference held next month in the Philippines plans to announce a new discovery in Mindanao using a new scanning technology that can purportedly penetrate 6 km into the earth. Just to be clear, the organisers of this so-called Asean Advanced Archaeology Symposium are neither affiliated with ASEAN, nor with any archaeological institute (university, government or otherwise) in Southeast Asia.

The symposium carries many red flags: it promises the participation of archaeologists and geologists from all over Southeast Asia, but provides no names. A quick google search of the organisation’s director reveals his theories about ancient alien contact, while another speaker mentioned in the article is the discoverer of the Bosnian “pyramids”, another archaeological hoax.

Where can you find a scanning instrument that can penetrate 6 kilometers deep into earth?

At the Asean Advanced Archeology Symposium, the “future of Archeology” will be unveiled from April 27 to 30 2017.

Source: Butuan archeology symposium to unveil ‘Geoscan Technology’ | Inquirer Technology

First Contact: Impact of Pleistocene Hominins on Island Ecosystems Conference

Readers in Australia may be interested in this free conference in Canberra on Pleistocene Hominins in Island Ecosystems – Southeast Asia is well represented.

Date: April 26 2017
Venue: Australian National University, ANU Commons Function Centre
Info: Contact Juliet Meyer, juliet.meyer@anu.edu.au

Islands represent unique ecosystems which are highly vulnerable to environmental disturbances, invasions, and natural disasters. Evidence of Pleistocene hominins on islands, however, is rare and largely restricted to a few islands in East and Southeast Asia, California, and the Mediterranean. This conference day will bring together researchers from around the world, specialising on the archaeological and palaeontological records of islands, to compare chronologies of hominin arrival, available technologies, ecological and geological events, and the records of extinctions. It will address the fundamental question of whether island overkill is a phenomenon restricted to post-Neolithic populations, or has always been a characteristic impact of our species.

CFP: Archaeology of the Seaports of Manila Galleon and the History of Early Maritime Globalization

Conference Announcement
Calling for papers of the international conference on “Archaeology of the Seaports of Manila Galleon and the History of Early Maritime Globalization”
July 2123, 2017Amoy, Fujian, China

 

During 16-19 century, the Spanish navigators established and operated the Manila Galleon maritime route which connected eastern Asia and New Spain in the American continent. The galleons sailed via the hub seaports and trade centers of Manila in the Philippines and Acapulco in Mexico, being a prosperous route for more than 200 years. This pioneering navigation of pan-Pacific regions promoted early global maritime trade and can be regarded as a new maritime Silk Road between the East and the West.

The Manila Galleon Navigation is an interesting academic theme which had been investigated and researched by multi-disciplines as archaeology, history, anthropology, marine navigation, oceanology, and etc. in last half century. The seaport sites and shipwrecks underwater are respectively 2 important types of cultural heritage contributing to archaeological reconstruction of galleon navigation history. An international academic workshop of “Early Navigation in the Asia-Pacific Region” was carried out at Harvard University in summer of 2013. Maritime archaeologists from United States, Mexico, England, Philippine and China met to discuss the early pan-Pacific maritime trade history focusing on the perspective of shipwreck archaeology of galleons (Wu, C. editor, Early Navigation in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Maritime Archaeological Perspective, Springer Press, 2016)

A further dialogue on the galleon and related history of maritime cultural interaction between the Eastern Asia and New Spain will be carried out at Amoy on July 21-23, 2017. The meeting calls for papers focusing on the newest developments in the archaeology of the Manila Galleon connecting seaports of Manila in Philippines, Acapulco and San Blas in Mexico, Hagatna in Guans, Haicheng (Amoy), Macao in China, Nagasaki in Japan. A dozen of presentations respectively on different seaports archaeological fieldworks will be welcome. We hope these archaeological discoveries on galleon seaports will open a new window for sighting and understanding the social cultural exchange on the new maritime Silk Road of pan-Pacific region in last 500 years.

 

Proposed topics:

1, New archaeological discoveries of Manila Galleon Archaeology and related seaports such as Manila in Philippines, Acapulco and San Blas in Mexico, Hagatna in Guans, Haicheng (Amoy), Macao in China, Nagasaki in Japan

2, Maritime cultural heritage of harbors, historical city architecture, maritime folklore and population of different Manila Galleon related seaports.

3, Transportation between Manila Galleon related harbors, and origin of the cargo such as the kilns of the ceramic industry.

4, Trade, merchants, business organizations and navigation, related to the Manila Galleon.

 

Conference information:

1, Time: July 21-23, 2017

2, Place: Xiamen University, Xiamen (Amoy), Fujian, China

3, Financial support: The organizer is the Center for Maritime Archaeology of Xiamen University. It will pay the authors’ air travel to and from Xiamen, accommodations and a field trip in Xiamen, during the conference if the complete submit paper is accepted by the organizers before the conference.

4, Conference contact:

Dr. Miao Liu, Associate Professor of CMAXMU, liumiao@xmu.edu.cn