Monday, November 3, 2014

[Upcoming Seminar] On Cross-Cultural Diffusion: The Chinese Elements Adopted by Khmer Architectural Craftsmen in Angkor, Cambodian

On Cross-Cultural Diffusion: The Chinese Elements Adopted by Khmer Architectural Craftsmen in Angkor, Cambodian

Speaker: Sharon WONG  
(Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Time: 12:30 p.m., Friday, 7 November, 2014  
Venue: Room 12 Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK


Chinese influence is usually portrayed as a straightforward case of one-way cultural diffusion, and the Khmer Empire is treated as a backward region, a part of China or India. Architectural ceramics serve as a symbol of official power in ancient times. It is a useful tool for researchers to analyze the intersection of official exchange between Khmer and Chinese polities during the ninth to fourteenth centuries. This seminar will introduce the concept of technological choices on the study of Chinese elements adopted by Khmer architectural craftsmen in Angkor that shed light on our imagery of cross-cultural exchange in the past.



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