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.

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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).

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.

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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

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

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.

CFP: Conference-cum-Workshop on History, Science and Technology of Ancient Indian Glass

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More details in the website link below. Deadline for applications: 30 September 2018.

The study of Ancient Indian Glass, involves scientific investigations as well as understanding in the right cultural perspective. A combination of such a strategy has not evolved fully in south Asia even though a larger history and ethnography of glass is noticed here. Further, there is a need of standardization of glass artifacts studies in terms of typology and technology among the various researchers.

Keeping in view of above objectives, Archaeological Sciences Centre, IITGN will be conducting a five day (including one day fieldtrip) Conference-cum-Workshop on ‘History, Science and Technology of Ancient Indian Glass’ from 21—25th January, 2019. This Conference-cum-Workshop aims to discuss the development of glass through the ages, literature/epigraphical references, typology, techniques and archaeometry involved in their study to interpret the past technology with the help of experts and scholars who are either archaeologists or scientists working in archaeology and allied disciplines.

Eminent scholars from around the world (Shinu Abraham, Ivana Angelini, Ravindra Singh Bisht, Wijerathne Bohingamuwa, Sharmi Chakraborty, Kurush Dalal, Laure Dussubieux, Thomas Fenn, Maninder Singh Gill, Viswas Gogte, Bernard Gratuze, Sunil Gupta, Asma Ibrahim, Alok Kumar Kanungo, Jonathan M. Kenoyer, Jan Kock, Stephen Koob, Joanna Then-Obłuska, Thilo Rehren, V. Selvakumar, Ravindra Nath Singh, Torben Sode, Massimo Vidale and Bhuvan Vikrama), and craftsmen from Varanasi/Purdalpur and Kapadwanj will be the resource persons who will share their work and deliver lectures and carryout hands-on experiments for the participants on various aspects of ancient glass in the archaeological context. With pre-designed requested paper from the experts a book on Glass of South & South-East Asia: Archaeology, Ethnography and Global Connections will be published.

Source: Conference-cum-Workshop on History, Science and Technology of Ancient Indian Glass

CFP: International Convention of Asia Scholars 2019

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ICAS 11 Leiden, 16-19 July 2019
The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is the most inclusive international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. ICAS attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. The meeting place for the eleventh edition of ICAS is Leiden, the Netherlands. The historic city of Leiden is home to one of the oldest universities, Leiden University, and several of the most renowned Asia research centers. Leiden University will be the main host of ICAS 11, partnering with the city, research institutions and museums, who share equally rich Asian and global connections.

Call for proposals – deadline: 10 October 2018
The submission deadline for proposals of Individual Abstracts, Panels, Roundtables, Book presentations and PhD Dissertation presentations is 10 October 2018.

Official website: International Convention of Asia Scholars 2019

CFP: Global Jars: Asian Containers as Transcultural Enclosures

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Global Jars: Asian Containers as Transcultural Enclosures
Academy of Visual Arts
Hong Kong Baptist University

September 8-9, 2018

Few objects are as universal, ubiquitous and multi-functional as a jar. The term ‘jar’ refers to any man-made shape with the capacity to enclose something, and hence jars are part of human experience throughout time and space, regardless of whether they contain matter or a void, food or drink, life-giving medicine or the ashes of the deceased. Yet, as ubiquitous as such containers, storage vessels, urns, and other kinds of jars might be, they may have been studied by archaeologists and anthropologists, but so far remained almost invisible to the eye of the (art) historian. This conference, entitled ‘Global Jars: Asian Containers as Transcultural Enclosures’, aims to make jars of all kinds visible in a variety of spatial contexts.

We invite proposals for papers to be presented at this conference to be held on the campus of Hong Kong Baptist University, Academy of Visual Arts, September 8-9, 2018.

This conference brings together an interdisciplinary team of scholars in the fields of ceramic studies, history and art history to approach the topic of the jar from multiple perspectives. Contributors are invited to consider jars not only as (household) utensils and evidence of lost or present human civilizations but also as artefacts in their own right, as culturally and aesthetically defined crafted goods and as objects charged with spiritual meanings and ritual significance. They understand jars not only as belonging to a single place, but as global or transcultural artefacts in which different cultures meet and merge. The goal is furthermore to examine jars not only as ceramic containers, but as materializing a boundary between inside and outside, content and environment, exterior worlds and interior enclosures; jars not only as things in the hands of makers, users, and collectors, but, in some cases, as understood to possess human-like agency, animalistic or other-worldly powers themselves.

This conference uses art-historical methods to understand jars as transcultural containers that mediate between inside and outside, Asian and non-Asian, local and global, this-worldly and other-worldly realms. Special attention will be given to the relationships between the filling, emptying and re-filling of jars with a variety of contents through time and throughout space and the charging, eliminating and re-charging of these particular objects with different sets of meanings.

Those interested in presenting a paper at the conference should send a proposal of 300 words accompanied by a bio note of 150 words (in one document) as an e-mail attachment to globaljars@hkbu.edu.hk.

Proposal deadline: June 1, 2018.

Selected participants will be notified by June 19, 2018. Final papers are due August 9, 2018.

A substantial contribution to travel costs to Hong Kong and lodging for all speakers during the conference will be provided.

Dr. Anna Katharina Grasskamp

Research Assistant Professor
Hong Kong Baptist University
CVA314, Communication and Visual Arts Building Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Associate Member
Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context at Heidelberg University
Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Voßstr. 2, Building 4400
69115 Heidelberg