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, will explore the concept of ‘Imagining Cambodia’ on September 14-15. Two special topics panels, on contemporary Buddhism and modern choreography respectively, will supplement the 18 concurrent panel sessions.
Registration opens at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 13; conference attendees are invited to join the opening reception in the NIU Art Museum from 4:30 p.m. The main exhibit, ‘Music for the Divine’, will be accompanied by an exhibit of Cambodian photographers’ work.
Emeritus Professor David Chandler, renowned historian of Cambodia, will deliver the keynote speech at the conference dinner on Friday, September 14.
Cambodian film Lost Loves, directed by Chhay Bora, will be screened following the conference dinner, with commentary and Q&A session by the director himself.
The conference honors renowned Cambodian-American composer Dr. Chinary Ung with an evening program of his music for soloists and small chamber groups, Saturday, September 15. See video links to the performance below:
The conference concludes on Sunday, September 16 with a visit to the Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial in Chicago. Transport will be provided for all registered participants from the conference venue into Chicago.
Conference registration includes all meals, performances and transportation to the museum on Sunday.
Please contact CambodiaConf2012@niu.edu for further information.