Upcoming events

Taking a wider view: the health impacts on agricultural productivity in Southeast Asia

9:30am - 4:00pm, 14 November 2014
Office for Global Engagement Seminar Room
John Woolley Building
University of Sydney

Aid tends to be siloed. Meanwhile research tends to only take a disciplinary perspective. Increasingly however aid program managers are recognising the importance of taking a wider view and understanding the influence of other forces outside their sector on the outcomes of the programs the manage. Nowhere is this more evident than in the field of agriculture.

This workshop will build on research conducted by University of Sydney to show how health development issues impact agricultural productivity in SE Asia.

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SSEAC 2014 Postgraduate Retreat

Working Across Disciplines
16-19 November 2014
Wangat Lodge, Dungog, NSW

Approaching research questions from an interdisciplinary perspective is becoming more and more important for researchers in all fields, particularly in a region like Southeast Asia. But what does this mean in practice?

In the second SSEAC postgraduate retreat, you will be given the opportunity to think about what it means to work across disciplines. There will be activities to encourage you to think about your own and other research questions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. In addition, there will be practical workshops on how to present research to a non-specialist audience and how to write a grant proposals.

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People, Pots and Places: New Research on Ceramics in Cambodia

5th International Siem Reap Conference on special topics in Khmer Studies
December 6-8, 2014
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Co-convened by The University of Sydney, APSARA National Authority, the Center for Khmer Studies, the Friends of Khmer Culture Incorporated, and the École française d’Extrême-Orient.

Following previous successful conferences on Epigraphy & Databases (2009-10), Archaeometallurgy (2011), the History of Religions (2012), and Art History & Visual Cultures (2013) the organising committee of the annual Siem Reap Conference on Special Topics in Khmer Studies is pleased to announce that the 2014 meeting will be dedicated to the topic of Ceramics.

Ceramics permeate almost every aspect of our daily life, and their ubiquity in the archaeological record makes them the quintessential cultural material in our endeavour to understand the human past. While initially neglected in favour of a focus on monuments, statuary and inscriptions, over the last few decades ceramic studies in Cambodia have contributed enormously to our understanding of Khmer cultural history. Yet despite this the diachronic and stylistic variations in Khmer ceramics are still poorly understood and chronological categories are typically very broad. New research broadens the scope of our understanding and often challenges conventional narratives about Cambodia’s past. The 5th annual Siem Reap Conference on Topics in Khmer Studies is therefore dedicated to New Research on Ceramics in Cambodia.

Conference participants will present theories, methods and interpretations derived from new data brought to light over the last few years. Each speaker will have 20 mins to present and 10 mins to field questions. Sessions will be structured around three themes: ceramic production, consumption and importation. Source characterization and investigations into kiln technologies constitute the primary advances in ceramic production studies. Likewise the recent surge in archaeological investigation in Cambodia has led to a more nuanced understanding of consumption and trade patterns, while imported wares function as important chronological markers and bear witness to the breadth of ancient trade networks. The full chronological extent of Cambodian ceramic culture will be considered, from the earliest times until the present day, and experimental and ethnographic studies are also encouraged.