The materiality of writing has major implications for the practice of history...When you look at a ‘medieval’ Javanese manuscript, it is almost always an 18th or 19th century copy of a copy of a copy ... and so on.
A critical reflection on the emergence, dominance and legacy of Java’s historic ‘empire’.
Human rights and heritage sites in Myanmar: An irreconcilable juxtaposition or a productive conversation?
What does world heritage inscription means in a country where human rights abuses are ongoing.
Ann Ang discusses the historical context, origins and identity of the Straits Chinese.
Medieval artefacts and manuscripts are explored by Alex West to give insight on the deep past of Southeast Asia.
Disappearing Japan: Vajiravudh’s translations of The Mikado and the Thai elite’s admiration of Japan
On what translation can tell us about Thai society and its perspectives on its regional neighbours.
Nien Yuan Cheng continues her commentary on how Singapore artists are responding to the Bicentennial.
Part 2 of this 3-part series on the SG Bicentennial explores MY Bridge of Light, a community play sponsored by the official bicentennial fund.
Bodies of/in water and the reversal of colonialism? Arus Balik at the NTU Centre of Contemporary Art
PoP's Cheng Nien Yuan continues her commentary on Singapore's Bicentennial.
On the unstable historical foundations of Singapore's (supposed) two-hundredth birthday.
A personal reflection on the importance of academic freedom
Notes on the first joint meeting of the Asian Society for the History of Medicine & History of Medicine in Southeast Asia, Jakarta, 27-30 June 2018
The most important conference for Asia-Pacific archaeology, heritage & museums is in Vietnam from 23 to 28 September. PoP takes a look at the Southeast Asia sessions & papers we are most excited about.
Isla Winarto talks to PoP about the Indonesian Heritage Society's efforts to promote heritage conservation at Jakarta's Museum Tekstil
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.