Sunday, June 10, 2012

សិក្ខាសាលាស្តីពីរបកគំហើញថ្មីៗនៃការស្រាវជ្រាវផ្នែកបុរាណវិទ្យា និងប្រវត្តសិល្បៈនៅក្នុងប្រទេសកម្ពុជា និងអាស៊ីអាគ្នេយ៍

Archaeological research in Cambodia began in the late 18th century following the rediscovery of the lost jungle capital of the Khmer Empire by French explorers. The artistic and architectural magnificence of the Khmer civilization immediately attracted the greatest scholars of France and Europe. American and Asian scholars later joined the mission to better understand this brilliant culture. People from around the world participated in grand efforts to map, excavate and restore ancient structures and countless studies, articles and books were published about the Khmer.

Tragically, war in Southeast Asia during the 1970s stopped academic progress for nearly 25 years. Cambodia did not begin to recover until the early 1990s when the present government restored order in the nation. In 1992, Angkor Wat was registered as a World Heritage site attracting many international heritage groups to Cambodia and the Angkor region. Working with local experts from Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and the APSARA Authority these organizations are once again continuing the mission to restore and preserve the legacy of Khmer temples and heritage.

Cambodian students are key participants in these programs. Many students at the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) have ompleted M.A. and Ph.D degrees locally while others have continued their studies abroad in the USA, France, England, Germany, Australia, Japan, Poland, Thailand, the Philippines, etc. Today, Kerdomnel Khmer is working to expand the success of all types of programs.

This one-day conference launches a new Kerdomnel Khmer program featuring renowned speakers on a variety of topics. For future meetings, we will seek support from foreign embassies, local and
international NGOs. This meeting objectives are to:

* Reinforce local, regional and international research cooperation in SE Asia.
* Exchange data and experience between local and international scholars and researchers.
* Initiate new studies in archaeology, art and history.
* Promote networking among archaeological professionals in Cambodia and to make their research more accessible to students, the public and private groups.
* Encourage Cambodian students to participate in heritage preservation projects.
* Disseminate research about Cambodia and SE Asia through the Kerdomnel Khmer website and by publishing journals for distribution to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Ministry of Information, UNESCO, Foreign Embassies, local and international NGOs, educational institutions, media outlets as well as to students, researchers and the general public.

Our speakers are different research center:
1- Dr. CHEN Chanratana, from Kerdomnel Khmer, France.
2- Dr. Martin Polkinghorn, from University of Sydney, Australia.
3- Dr. EA Darith, from Apsara Authority, Cambodia.
4- Dr. So Sokuntheary, Waseda University, Japan (to be confirmed).
5- Dr. THUY Chanthuon, Deputy Director Institute of Culture and Fine Arts, Royal Academy of Cambodia
6- JD. So Tess Davis, Executive Director à Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, from Washington D.C.
7- Mr. Noel Hidalgo Tan, Ph.D candidate of Archaeology and Paleoanthropology, Australian National University, Australia.
8- Ms. Natalie ONG, Ph.D candidate of Archaeology from National University of Singapore, Singapore.
9- Mr. Sophoan SENG, Independent researcher, Hawai University, USA.
10- Mr. SENG Soth, Director of International Relation, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (Cambodia), Egypt.
11. Mr. VOUEN Vuthy, M.A of Archaeology, Italy.
12- Mr. SEANG Sokha, M.A at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Organized by Kerdomnel Khmer, cooperated with Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Ministry of Information, Angkor Wat Publication and Zaman University.

Date and Venue: Saturday July 7th, 2012 at Zaman University.

Open to public...!

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