The Royal University of Fine Arts trains Cambodia’s archaeologists and will be relocated from its campus next to the National Museum to a site just outside of Phnom Penh. Funding, however, is not confirmed.
Project Manusastra capacity building aim to develop local humanities research sounds like an excellent initiative, but it makes me wonder if training programmes like these teach Southeast Asians to think like westerners rather than to develop a local theory of our own. Does anybody have any experiences in the differences between ‘western’ archaeological theory and how different Southeast Asian groups think about archaeology?
There will be a public lecture on the Angkoran site of Koh Ker by Dr Chen Chanratana at the Royal University of Fine Arts in February. (via the CANCAMBODIA group)
The Site of Koh Ker and the reign of Jayavarman IV: History, Art and Archaeology
Location: Faculty of Archaeology, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (North of the Royal Palace)
Date: 04 Feb 2012
We’ve got a good mix of stories from the web this week, from the old name of Thailand (Thailand), Cambodia (ceramics and temples) and Malaysia (dying traditions).