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CKS Latest News

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The sixth International Conference on Austroasiatic Linguistics 2015
ICAAL 2015, Website: www.icaal.org
Theme: “Exploring the diversity of Austroasiatic Languages”
22-24 July 2015
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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2. Welcome cks new program coordinator
The Center for Khmer Studies is extremely pleased to welcome Sreang Chheat as the latest addition to its team. Sreang earned an MA degree in Cultural Studies from the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and a European Masters in Global Studies from the University of Vienna, Austria and the University of Wroclaw, Poland. After graduation, he successfully held the positions of development program manager, policy researcher and university lecturer with several organizations and institutions for higher education. In his latest capacity as research fellow and program coordinator at the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Sreang published a few articles on decentralization reform, urban governance, local politics and development and youth’s political participation in decentralized Cambodia. As the new CKS Program Coordinator, Sreang will be based in our office in Phnom Penh.
3. New Siksacakr Release: No 12-13 Cambodia: Colonial Encounters

The new publication of our double English/ French volume of Siksācakr, Journal of Cambodia Research focusing on Colonialism marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of the French Protectorate in Cambodia, which made the country a part of French Indochina. It also commemorates the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Geneva Accords, which sealed Cambodia’s independence.

This publication, edited by Dr. Jean-Francois Klein, is a journey into colonial Cambodia. Its purpose is to introduce the reader to various aspects of life at the time of the French Protectorate and to explore the country’s role in wider Indochina.

4. New Publication: Brothers in Arms, Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975–1979. Prof. Andrew Mertha, Cornell University Press

When the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia in 1975, they inherited a war-ravaged and internationally isolated country. Pol Pot’s government espoused the rhetoric of self-reliance, but Democratic Kampuchea was utterly dependent on Chinese foreign aid and technical assistance to survive. Yet in a markedly asymmetrical relationship between a modernizing, nuclear power and a virtually premodern state, China was largely unable to use its power to influence Cambodian politics or policy. In Brothers in Arms, Andrew Mertha traces this surprising lack of influence to variations between the Chinese and Cambodian institutions that administered military aid, technology transfer, and international trade.

Today, China’s extensive engagement with the developing world suggests an inexorably rising China in the process of securing a degree of economic and political dominance that was unthinkable even a decade ago. Yet, China’s experience with its first-ever client state suggests that the effectiveness of Chinese foreign aid, and influence that comes with it, is only as good as the institutions that manage the relationship. By focusing on the links between China and Democratic Kampuchea, Mertha peers into the “black box” of Chinese foreign aid to illustrate how domestic institutional fragmentation limits Beijing’s ability to influence the countries that accept its assistance.


5. Khmer Dance Project Final Report

The Khmer Dance Project (KDP), generously funded by Anne H. Bass, was launched in 2008 as a partnership of the Center for Khmer Studies and the Jerome Robbins Dance Division. The goal of KDP was to interview and film the three generations of artists – including dancers, musicians and singers, as well as embroiderers and dressers – who kept dance alive during and in the wake of the Khmer Rouge regime. The elderly masters were the priority for KDP, and the resulting videos have greatly expanded upon existing knowledge and awareness of this endangered and celebrated art form.

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6. Center for Khmer Studies Public Lecture Series (UPDATED)
The Public Lecture Series, which is open to the general public, is an outgrowth of the successful academic lecture and seminar programs in Phnom Penh. The aim is to draw together Cambodian and international scholars, business people and artists to discuss topics in the field of Cambodian and Southeast Asian studies, across all disciplines in the social sciences, arts and humanities. Read More…

7. Download Khmer Language Books / ទាញយកសៀវភៅខែ្មរ
The 50 digital books were produced under the direction of Dr. Pascal Bourdeaux by a project organized by the Center for Khmer Studies in 2006-2007. This project was supported by a grant from the US Department of Education’s Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) program to DLIR partners. Read More…

8. CKS/ Leon Levy Foundation National Museum of Cambodia Database Project
Now completed, the National Museum Collection Inventory Project has brought a revitalized sense of order to the Museum’s collection and personal confidence to trained Museum staff. It has greatly enhanced the Museum’s international exhibition and publications programs, identification and repatriation of missing works of art, links with re-established provincial collections and fostered both established and newly founded conservation workshops in stone, metal and ceramics. It has won international acclaim.

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CKS fellowship programs

CKS Fellowships CKS provides fellowships for students and scholars in order to promote research and cross-national scholarly exchange ...

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Research & Training

Southeast Asian Studies Program

RESEARCH & TRAINING The Center for Khmer Studies encourages foreign scholars working in Cambodia to collaborate with local scholars ...


Publication and Translation

PUBLICATIONS The Center for Khmer Studies is deeply committed to the development of the higher education sector in Cambodia ...