Exploring the Buddhist Landscapes of the Khorat Plateau in the 7th to 11th Centuries

Tue Jul 16 2024 at 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

1 Empress Place, Singapore, Singapore 179555 | Singapore

ACM (Asian Civilisations Museum)
Publisher/HostACM (Asian Civilisations Museum)
Exploring the Buddhist Landscapes of the Khorat Plateau in the 7th to 11th Centuries
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Tuesday, 16 July 2024, 7–8 pm
ACM Ngee Ann Auditorium
This lecture is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration required.

The Khorat Plateau is a landscape of 155,000 square kilometres in northeast Thailand and central Laos. Despite rich evidence for the region's dynamism and development in the Metal Age, knowledge of subsequent developments on the plateau remains limited. The spread of Buddhism across the region has been overshadowed by the attention given the Dvāravatī culture of the Chao Phraya Basin to the west and the Zhenla and later Angkor civilisations to the south and southeast.
In this talk, Stephen Murphy discusses his new book, ???????? ??????????: ??? ??? ??????????? ?? ??? ?????? ???????, 7?? ?? 11?? ????????? (NUS Press, 2024), as well as related objects in the ACM collection. The book builds on extensive fieldwork and archaeological surveys to reveal the distinctive Buddhist culture of the plateau, expressed in new forms of art and architecture, and investigates Buddhism's spread into the region along major river systems.
Stephen will illustrate how this history reads into and against the Khorat landscape, attending to the emergence of Buddha images and other forms of monumental architecture carved into the rockfaces of hills and mountainsides. This provides a new picture of the region in the first and early second millennia, adding to our understanding of the development of Buddhism in Southeast Asia.

About the speaker
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Stephen is the co-editor of Before Siam: Essays in Art and Archaeology (2014) and the author of a number of ACM catalogues, including ?????? ??? ?????: ??????? ????????? ???? ??????? (2016) and ??? ???? ?????????: ??? ??? ???????? ?? ??? 9?? ??????? (2017), with Alan Chong. He has contributed to several leading academic journals, including Antiquity, Asian Perspectives, the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Siam Society.

About the respondent
????? ?. ?????? is Senior Lecturer and Convenor for Art History, a collaboration between National University of Singapore, the National Gallery Singapore, and the Singapore Art Museum. Priya was Assistant Curator (South Asia) at the Asian Civilisations Museum from 2005 to 2007. She is the author of ????????????? ????????????: ?????????? ??? 1959 ???????? ???? ??? ?????????? ?? ????? ?? ?????? (2024), ?????????? ? ???????? ???: ??????’? ????? ?????????? ??? ???????????? (1875–1924) (2016), and the volume editor of ??????: ? ???????????? ?????????? ?? ??????????, Mumbai: Marg Foundation (2015).
Priya’s current research uncovers the contributions of collections, curricula, and pedagogies to revisionist art histories and historiographies of South and Southeast Asia, particularly India and Singapore.

About the moderator
?????? ????? is Senior Curator of Fashion and Textiles at ACM and the Peranakan Museum. She holds an MA in Art History from SOAS University of London on the Alphawood Scholarship. She is currently serving on the International Council of Museums Costume Board. Her research interests focus on Singapore and Asia in global fashion history from the 20th century onwards.

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1 Empress Place, Singapore, Singapore 179555

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