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Eric Bourdonneau
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Kirtimukha, Baphuon Style - reinterprétation by street artist Seth, in Phnom Penh
Kirtimukha, Baphuon Style - reinterprétation by street artist Seth, in Phnom Penh
4th Siem Reap Conference on Special Topics in Khmer Studies
20 AUGUST 13
Following previous successful conferences on Epigraphy & Databases (2009-10), Archaeometallurgy (2011) and the History of Religions (2012), the organising committee of the annual Siem Reap Conference on Special Topics in Khmer Studies is pleased to announce that the meeting will be dedicated, in 2013, to the topic of Art History and Visual Cultures.It will take place from the 6 to the 8 december 2013.
The well-known Khmer proverb ផ្លូវវៀចកុំបោះបង់ ផ្លូវត្រង់កុំចោល (Plov veach kom borss borng, Plov trong kom joulus) encourages us not to forget the indirect road in lieu of the straight route. Accordingly, Plov veach kom borss borng (Don’t abandon the indirect road): Divergent Approaches to Cambodian Visual Cultures, the theme of the 4th Siem Reap Conference on Special Topics in Khmer Studies seeks to promote scholarship which tends to be positioned outside the traditional conventions of Khmer Art History.
The contribution of Art History as a discipline to understanding the Cambodian past has been enormous. The basic chronological framework of Khmer art was established by the remarkable and pioneering work of Philippe Stern in the early 20th century. Scholars who followed popularized Stern’s “method” of stylistics and in concert with religious and epigraphic specialists assigned meanings to the sculptures and architecture of the Khmer world. Issues of style and chronology are fundamental to comprehending Khmer art, but they are not the focus of this conference. Consistent with broader scholarly movements in Art History the meeting seeks to promote innovative approaches to the study of Cambodian visual cultures.
Participants in this international dialogue will explore theories, methodologies, eras and subject matter that have escaped the gaze of traditional Khmer art historical studies.

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