Cambodia Studies Conference
September 13-16, 2012
Imagine what is beyond a post-conflict society. How is the future expressed in dance, music, drama and literature, as well as in economic policy, social identities and political participation? How is the past re-imagined?
Seventy papers, drawn from a variety of disciplines, explored the concept of ‘Imagining Cambodia’ on September 14-15, 2012. Two special topics panels, on contemporary Buddhism and modern choreography respectively, were held in addition to the 18 concurrent panel sessions.
Opening receptionwas held in the NIU Art Museum at which the main exhibit, ‘Music for the Divine’, was accompanied by an exhibit of Cambodian photographers’ work.
Emeritus Professor David Chandler, renowned historian of Cambodia, delivered the keynote speech at the conference dinner September 14, followed by a screening of the Cambodian film Lost Loves, directed by Chhay Bora, who provided commentary after the film.
The conference honored renowned Cambodian-American composer Dr. Chinary Ung with an evening program of his music for soloists and small chamber groups September 15. See video links to the performance below:
The conference concluded September 16 with a visit to the Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial in Chicago.