IIAS | IIAS Newsletter Online | No. 17 | Regions |South East Asia


31 August - 4 September 1998
Berlin, Germany

The Seventh EurASEAA Conference

The European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA) has held conferences every second year since its establishment in 1986. The main aim of the association is to bring together European scholars working in the field of Southeast Asian archaeology, including protohistory and early history, epigraphy and art history, and to offer facilities to present and discuss new data. There is no fixed membership; scholars and students from all countries are welcome to participate in the international conferences. The association also strives to raise funds for inviting Southeast Asian colleagues to participate.

By Marijke Klokke

The Seventh International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA) took place in Berlin, from 31 August to 4 Septemper 1998. It was organized by Dr Wibke Lobo and hosted by the Museum für Völkerkunde. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Bonn, the Heinrich-Böll Stiftung Berlin, the Gesellschaft für indo-asiatische Kunst Berlin e.V., Senator für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur, Berlin, Partner für Berlin e.V., and the Ford Foundation in Jakarta all sponsored the conference.

About a hundred participants (from Australia, Austria, Cambodia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, the USA, and Vietnam) attended. They presented sixty-nine papers spread over five days. The subjects ranged from 'Metal objects from Champa, Central Vietnam' to 'Epigraphical Evidence of Pasupata Saivism in Bengal and Cambodia', 'Chinese and Middle-Eastern Ceramics Found in Barus, Sumatra', 'Underwater Archaeology of the Pandanan Wreck', and 'Secularization' of Burmese Mural Painting in the 18th and 19th Centuries'.
The board of the EurASEAA met to discuss the organization of future conferences and the publications of the proceedings of the conferences. The proceedings of the 1992 conference in Rome, edited by Roberto Ciarla and Fiorella Rispoli, have been published by the Istitute Italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente and the Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale in Rome in 1997. The first volume of the 1994 conference in Paris, edited by Pierre-Yves Manguin, has been published by the Centre for South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull in 1998; the second volume will follow soon. The proceedings of the 1996 conference in Leiden, edited by Marijke J. Klokke and Thomas de Bruijn, are in press. By the time this Newsletter appears they will have been published by the Centre for South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull. Seven of the papers delivered at the Leiden conference were edited by Ian Glover and have been published in the Journal of the Siam Society 85/1-2 (1997).
Patrizia Zolese of the Istituto Italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente has offered to organize the next conference in Toscane, Italy, in October 2000. She can be contacted at: Via Vittorio Veneto 108, 00187 Rome, Italy, fax: +39-6-4827085.

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