New Research on Southeast Asia

31 mai 2016, SOAS


“This presentation forms an extract from a PhD thesis titled ‘The Representation of Textiles on Javanese Sculpture; 9th to 14th century’ to be submitted at SOAS in September 2016. It examines certain patterns on the textiles carved in bas relief which adorn a selected corpus of Śaivite and Buddhist stone sculptures from the late 13th century originating in Singhasāri, Malang district, East Java.”

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Prof. Ashley Thompson Inaugural Lecture – Double Realities: The Complex Lives of Ancient Khmer Statuary

5 mai 2016, SOAS

img96439“This lecture will begin with a reflection on the Khmer ‘portrait statue’, considered in the traditional art history of ancient Cambodia to have been a late and peculiar invention of the reign of the last of the great Angkorian kings. However I will challenge this view, and indeed take the double ontology of these sculptures – embodying at once gods and people – to in fact constitute the baseline reality of essentially all Angkorian and post-Angkorian statuary.”

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Inauguration du Centre for Ethnographic Theory à la SOAS : 29-30 avril 2016

“The Centre for Ethnographic Theory (CET) at SOAS is dedicated to re-instate ethnography as the main heuristic in anthropology and return it to the forefront of conceptual developments in the discipline. The centre’s primary purpose is to help the administration of the work of HAU-N.E.T. ( and the Society of Ethnographic Theory and support the publication of HAU: Journal for Ethnographic Theory and HAU Books.”

Art Dubai Marker 2016 – Spotlight on the Philippines

Roberto Chabet, ‘Trap’, 2010. Image courtesy Ringo Bunoan.
Roberto Chabet, ‘Trap’, 2010. Image courtesy Ringo Bunoan.

Homegrown artist-run spaces in the Philippines take centre stage in Art Dubai Marker 2016.

Curator-artist Ringo Bunoan’s presentation of independent art spaces in Manila is the first ever showcase of Filipino art at any major international art fair.

According to Bunoan, the selection of exclusively artist-run spaces showcases Filipino art that goes well “beyond the common tropes of family, politics or religion”.

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“The Chulia in Penang : Photography Exhibition”

28 janvier – 28 mars 2016, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM)

Cette exposition est basée sur le livre de Khoo Salma Nasution : The Chulia in Penang: Patronage and Place-Making around the Kapitan Kling Mosque, Penang : Areca Books, 2014 :

“One of the major hybrid communities in Penang due to this migration is the Chulia community. Originally from the southern of India, they first relocated to Penang under the auspices of the East India Company where they prospered as traders of pelikat cloth, pepper and local products in the Straits of Malacca. The intermarriage with the locals has enriched the terms used from Chulia to Jawi Pekan or Peranakan (Town Muslims). The Chulias have influenced the unique history of Penang with their leading role in the development of the port town of Penang with endowments for mosques, Sufi shrines, burial grounds, a water tank, as well as holding religious feasts and processions. The construction of Kapitan Keling Mosque under the patronage of the Chulia on the endowment land area has served as the socio-cultural hub for the Muslims in Penang.”

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