Writing history in the Indian Ocean world was the result of a complex interplay of global norms and local conditions of textual production.
PoP's completely biased top picks for the 2018 Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) conference
New research on an ancient wreck raises important questions about protection and preservation
A commentary on the Sufi poem of the peculiar whale, by the 16th-century Malay poet Hamzah of Barus.
A new book on West Sumatran 'angkot' reveals the complex tensions between tradition and modernity in contemporary Minangkabau society
The fall of great premodern Southeast Asian settlements offers hints about what climate change has in store for today's megacities.
Documentation, Restoration, and Repatriation? Reflections on a dance film screening for the ‘Bali 1928’ project
Nien Yuan Cheng reflects on the film screening and lecture, "Gender, Crossdressing and Androgyny in Balinese Dance", conducted by ethnomusicologist Edward Herbst under the aegis of the Bali 1928 repatriation project.
Hamzah of Barus was the foremost Malay poet of the 16th century, whose work draws deeply from Sufi imagery and philosophy.
Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.
PoP's archaeologist shares his experience about starting a successful postgraduate reading and research group.
The highlights of PoP's two-month special series on the Philippines.
What makes the Philippines tick, and what's the one piece of art, object or artefact that could provide an answer?
A historically-focussed review of the AGNSW's Passion + Procession: Art of the Philippines exhibition.
A personally-confronting reflection on why, sometimes, art galleries don’t seem to work for the author.
A mini-review of the Art Gallery of New South Wales' recent exhibition of Philippine art.
A review of the refurbished Singapore History Gallery at the National Museum of Singapore.
How should we respond when heritage is damaged or destroyed?
This article explores the life and career of one of Java's great premodern leaders: the 16th-century queen of Jepara.
A team of expert Makassan boat-builders constructs a padewakang
A personal account of the author's visit to this exhibition, foregrounding both her construction of state narratives and the curatorial staging of narratives in the gallery.
An embodied response to Sonny Liew's graphic novel and what it reveals about history-telling.