Siem Reap, 9th – 10th June 2012
Call for paper
We are pleased to announce that following previous successful conferences on Epigraphy & Databases (2010) and Archaeometallurgy (2011), the Siem Reap Conference on Special Topics in Khmer Studies organised jointly by the APSARA, École française d?Extrême-Orient, Center for Khmer Studies and University of Sydney, will be dedicated, in 2012, to the History of Religions.
The epigraphical, architectural and iconographical material available to understand premodern Cambodia?s society and history all attest to the centrality of religion. Despite this importance, however, very few studies have been dedicated exclusively to the topic of religion. Indeed, the complexity held by this topic has many sources. The process once referred to as Indianization involved the transmission of the already composite system of Indian religions (?aivism, Vai??avism and Buddhism) into a barely known local system of beliefs. Recent discoveries from Buddhist studies ?whether on discrepancies among texts and religious practices or on unveiled tantric texts and the wider recognition of tantric Buddhist aesthetic forms? add further layers to this complexity. Continue reading