Symposium on SEA and Australasian human evolution

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Readers in Brisbane may be interested in attending this conference covering the latest of human evolution research in Southeast Asia.

Challenges and Opportunities for Human Evolution Research in SE Asia and Australasia
Griffith University
8 – 9 July 2016

The symposium is linked to the official launch of the Research Centre of Human Evolution at Griffith University. The symposium reviews the current research on human evolution research in SE Asia and Australasia and provides a platform to develop research synergies between Australian researchers, colleagues from SE Asia, and overseas. Invited speakers include Prof Francois Semah, Paris; Prof Chris Stringer, London; Prof Eske Willerslev (Copenhagen).

Register your interest here.

Call for Papers: The Archaeology of Portable Art: South East Asian, Pacific, and Australian Perspectives

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My alma mater is holding a symposium in May on portable art, focusing on Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Australian regions. Paper proposals are now being accepted and you are encouraged to contact Duncan Wright or Michelle Langley for more details.

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The Archaeology of Portable Art: South East Asian, Pacific, and Australian Perspectives
Date: 23-24 May 2015
Venue: The Australian National University

This symposium aims to reignite the dialogue about portable art across Island South East Asia, the Pacific and Australia and by doing so review future directions for research. Specific themes are: object histories; use of ethnography/museum collections for informing archaeological research; use of ‘intangible technologies’ and organic artefacts for expressing community affiliation/identity; cognitive development, the role of portable art in Pleistocene and Holocene expansions; and experimental studies.

Full details here.

Reporting from the Unesco Symposium on the Illicit Trafficking of Antiquities

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Today and the rest of the week I am at the Unesco Symposium on the Illicit Trafficking of Antiquities here in Bangkok, representing my employer SEAMEO-SPAFA. I will be live tweeting the proceedings in my personal capacity on Twitter – follow me @seaarch

Symposium on Before Siam: New Research in Art and Archaeology

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Before Siam by Revire and Murphy (eds), River Books

The Siam Society in Bangkok will host a symposium on the new book Before Siam: Essays in Art and Archaeology at the end of the month. The event is free, but registration is required.

Before Siam by Revire and Murphy (eds), River Books

Before Siam by Revire and Murphy (eds), River Books

Symposium on Before Siam: New Research in Art and Archaeology
Date: Saturday June 28, 2014
Time: 1-5pm
Place: The Siam Society (Auditorium), Bangkok
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New book: Rice and Language Across Asia: Crops, Movement, and Social Change

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This special double-issue on the deep history of rice in Asia has just appeared in print, with a number of contributions deriving from the multi-disciplinary international symposium “Rice and Language Across Asia: Crops, Movement, and Social Change,” recently held at Cornell University, in Ithaca, on Sept. 22-25, 2011 (see http://conf.ling.cornell.edu/riceandlanguage/). The authors come from a variety of disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, genetics, and more:

Rice (ISSN 1939-8425), Volume 4, Numbers 3-4 / December 2011. Special Issue: “Rice and Language Across Asia: Crops, Movement, and Social Change.”
Guest Editors: Magnus Fiskesjö and Yue-ie Caroline HSING
Table of Contents: http://www.springerlink.com/content/1939-8425/4/3-4/

Preface: “Rice and Language Across Asia”, by Magnus Fiskesjö and Yue-ie Caroline Hsing, pp. 75-77

Pathways to Asian Civilizations: Tracing the Origins and Spread of Rice and Rice Cultures, by Dorian Q. Fuller, pp. 78-92

The Checkered Prehistory of Rice Movement Southwards as a Domesticated Cereal—from the Yangzi to the Equator, by Peter Bellwood, pp. 93-103

Millets, Rice, Social Complexity, and the Spread of Agriculture to the Chengdu Plain and Southwest China, by Jade d’Alpoim Guedes, pp. 104-113

Rice in Thailand: The Archaeobotanical Contribution, by Cristina Castillo, pp. 114-120

How Many Independent Rice Vocabularies in Asia?, by Laurent Sagart, pp. 121-133

Proto-Tibeto-Burman Grain Crops, by David Bradley, pp. 134-141

Rice in Dravidian, by Franklin Southworth, pp. 142-148

Northeast Asian Linguistic Ecology and the Advent of Rice Agriculture in Korea and Japan, by John Whitman, pp. 149-158

A Genetic Focus on the Peopling History of East Asia: Critical Views, by Alicia Sanchez-Mazas, Da Di and María Eugenia Riccio, pp. 159-169

Evaluation of Genetic Variation Among Wild Populations and Local Varieties of Rice, by Takashige Ishii, Takashi Hiraoka, Tomoyuki Kanzaki, Masahiro Akimoto and Rieko Shishido, et al., pp. 170-177

Studies on Ancient Rice—Where Botanists, Agronomists, Archeologists, Linguists, and Ethnologists Meet, by Jaw-shu Hsieh, Yue-ie Caroline Hsing, Tze-fu Hsu, Paul Jen-kuei Li and Kuang-ti Li, et al., pp. 178-183

The Origin and Spread of Early-Ripening Champa Rice: Its Impact on Song Dynasty China, by Randolph Barker, pp. 184-186

Discussant’s Remarks: Reviving Ethnology to Understand the Rice Neolithic, by Richard A. O’Connor, pp. 187-189

(via Magnus Fiskesjö by email)

Symposium: 500 Years of Europeans in Siam

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The National Museum of Bangkok Volunteers is organising a symposium on 500 Years of Europeans in Siam on 24 February 2011. A list of speakers and registration information can be found on their website.

500 Years: Europeans in Siam
Date: 24 February 2011
Venue: National Theatre Bangkok

As the year 2011 marks 500 years since the arrival of the first Europeans in Siam, the National Museum Volunteers (NMV) will be celebrating this milestone occasion by holding a full day symposium at the National Theater Bangkok.

A host of distinguished Thai and European experts will be sharing their insights on the rich and multi-faceted relationship that has developed between Europe and Siam over the past half-millennium.