Alphawood Scholarships, SOAS, University of London

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This year’s Alphawood Scholarships at SOAS are now open for the 2018-2019 year. The Alphawood Scholarships are designed to support outstanding Southeast Asian students of ancient to pre-modern Buddhist and Hindu art and architecture in Southeast Asia to pursue postgraduate studies at SOAS. Alphawood Scholars study in the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, and may undertake a range of postgraduate programmes, including PhD/MPhil, Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programmes.

Alphawood Scholarships include full tuition for studies at SOAS and an annual living allowance of £16,539* (pro rata), as well as reimbursement for: international travel to and from the UK; IELTS for UKVI examination costs; visa costs; and any health checks required as a condition of your visa application.

More details in the link below. The closing date is 22 Dec 2017.

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Massive grave robbing in Southeast Asian seas

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via The Guardian, 03 November 2017: 40 shipwrecks, mostly war graves, in Southeast Asian waters have been found to be illegally scavenged at unprecedented rates.

Dozens of warships believed to contain the remains of thousands of British, American, Australian, Dutch and Japanese servicemen from the second world war have been illegally ripped apart by salvage divers, the Guardian can reveal.

An analysis of ships discovered by wreck divers and naval historians has found that up to 40 second world war-era vessels have already been partially or completely destroyed. Their hulls might have contained the corpses of 4,500 crew.

Governments fear other unmarked graves are at risk of being desecrated. Hundreds more ships – mostly Japanese vessels that could contain the war graves of tens of thousands of crew killed during the war – remain on the seabed.

Source: The world’s biggest grave robbery: Asia’s disappearing WWII shipwrecks – The Guardian

Unesco designates King Bayint Naung’s bell as world heritage item | Eleven Myanmar

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via Eleven Myanmar, 01 November 2017:

The bell donated by King Bayint Naung to Shwezeegon pagoda in Bagan has been added to the world heritage list, according to the deputy director of Department of National Museum, Aye Mi Sein.

Myanmar nominated the bell for world-heritage listing in May 2016 and it was approved on the Unesco meeting held on October 24 in Paris.

Source: Unesco designates King Bayint Naung’s bell as world heritage item | Eleven Myanmar

ISEAA Early Career Award – Call for nominations closing soon

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The second round of the Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology is closing on 1 December. The committee solicits nominations and selects recipients for the Early Career Award in Southeast Asian Archaeology. The committee selects a single peer-reviewed article or chapter published within five years of the lead author’s receipt of doctorate that exemplifies excellent application of current archaeological theory to Southeast Asian data.

For more details, download the flyer here.

CFP: Re-Thinking Globalisation in the Ancient World

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From the 8th to the 10th May 2018, there will be multi-disciplinary and international conference at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter entitled:

“Re-Thinking Globalisation in the Ancient World”

The aim is to explore approaches to the theme of ‘globalisation’ across the ancient world, c.500 BCE to 700 CE, from a methodological, cultural, and economic perspective. Methodological issues relating to the theme of ‘globalisation’ will be analysed in different contexts, notably the application of this concept in different regions and different periods of the ancient world. For example, one can scrutinise such a concept in the multi-ethnic Seleukid Empire, study concepts of local identities in the ‘global world’ of the Roman Empire or ancient China, consider concepts like ‘Mediterranisation’ and ‘Oikoumenisation’, or explore interaction and cultural exchange between the Roman world, Africa, Southern Asia and China.

We are inviting papers that will broadly fit one or more of the following themes for any region across the ancient world and from any disciplinary perspective. We will also consider significant methodological papers from other periods.

Proposed sessions so far:

1) Globalisation in Antiquity – a valid approach?

2) Empires and the concept of Globalisation

3) Migration and diaspora

4) Shaping local identities in a ‘global world’

5) Individual and regional responses to globalisation across the ancient
world

6) The Indian Ocean and the movement of goods, ideas and peoples

7) How connected was the Afro-Eurasian world?

Deadline for proposals: 1st January 2018. Please send a short abstract of no more than 400 words for your paper, plus a short CV, to the session organisers. If you wish to propose a session, please send us an abstract and a list of potential speakers by the end of November. The time allocated for each paper will be approximately 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion. And of course we intend to publish the papers in an edited volume.

Conference fee to cover tea, coffee, reception and lunch: £45 (£30 for
students and speakers; free for UWTSD students)

We have applied for funding to reimburse speakers’ expenses (e.g., accommodation and travel expenses), but we cannot promise you any reimbursement at the moment; we will keep you posted.

Organisers and contact details:

– Dr Matthew Cobb – m.cobb@uwtsd.ac.uk

– Assoc.-Prof. Ralph Haeussler – r.haeussler@uwtsd.ac.uk

Place: Lampeter campus, Academy of Cultural Heritage, University of
Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), Lampeter, SA48 7ED, Wales, U.K.

Further details will be circulated in due course.