Dr Andrea Acri is an Associate Fellow of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre. He was trained at Leiden University (PhD 2011, MA 2006) and at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ (Laurea degree, 2005). He is Maître de Conférences in Tantric Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, France. Prior to joining EPHE he has been Visiting Assistant/Associate Professor at Nalanda University (India) in 2016 and, since 2013, Visiting Fellow at the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute. He has spent several years in Indonesia, and held postdoctoral research fellowships in the Netherlands, Australia, the UK, and Singapore. He has received competitive grants and awards by the Arcadia Foundation/British Library, the Australian Government/Research Council, and the American Academy of Religion. His main research and teaching interests are Śaiva and Buddhist Tantric traditions, Hinduism and Indian Philosophy, Yoga traditions, Sanskrit and Old Javanese philology, and the comparative religious and intellectual history of South and Southeast Asia from the premodern to the contemporary period. His publications include the monograph Dharma Pātañjala (2011, Egbert Forsten/Brill), the edited volumes Esoteric Buddhism in Mediaeval Maritime Asia (2016, ISEAS Publishing) and From Laṅkā Eastwards (2011, KITLV Press, co-edited with Helen Creese and Arlo Griffiths), special issues of the International Journal of Hindu Studies (2013, co-edited with Andrea M. Pinkney) and the Journal of Hindu Studies (2014), and several articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
Dr Hélène Njoto is an NSC Associate Fellow since September 2018. She was a Visiting Fellow from February 2015 until August 2018. She is also a research associate at two French research centres: Centre Asie du Sud-Est and at AUSSER Architecture Urbanistique Société (Paris).
Dr Njoto specializes in Indonesian modern and contemporary Art and Architecture History. More specifically, she studies the circulation of foreign art and architectural types in Java. Her NSC project questions cultural exchanges in Maritime Southeast Asia through the study of Early Islamic Art of the Northern Coast of Java (15th–17th c.). She will look more specifically at stone and wooden funerary sculpture where motives and techniques from abroad are thought to have blended with local ones.
Prior to joining NSC, Dr Njoto conducted research on early urban patterns in Indonesia at the Hong Kong University, for a program on Architecture in Asia funded by the European Community (UKNA). She received her PhD from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) in January 2014, after graduating from the Sorbonne (BA and MA). In her PhD dissertation, she exposed the role played by Chinese and European master builders on architectural innovations in Java from the 14th to the early 19th c., a most dynamic architectural moment in Javanese modern history.
Dr Njoto has recently authored an article on the origins of the Javanese mosque (BEFEO, 2015) and also on East Javanese Pasisir Art (Archipel, 2014). Other publications include historical studies of Indonesian institutions such as Cultural Heritage ("L'invention du patrimoine indonésien"), soon to be published by IRASEC (Paris and Bangkok), and on the Art market "Les maîtres marchands de la peinture indonésienne" (Archipel, 2006).
Lim Chen Sian majored in Archaeology and Finance at Boston University and obtained his MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is a familiar face in the local heritage scene and is involved in archaeological and heritage related work in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Egypt. Previously, he was head of the Research & Education Section at the Preservation of Monuments Board, and a Visiting Research Affiliate with Asia Research Institute NUS. He is currently also a Visiting Affiliate with the Southeast Asian Studies Programme NUS.
His interests include the archaeology of colonial period (post-European contact) in Southeast Asia; material culture trends over the past millennium; settlement development; archaeological legislation; and public archaeology. Some of his recent projects include the excavations at the National Art Gallery Singapore; Banten Lama West Java; Kota Rentang Sumatra; Cot Me Aceh; Fort Serapong Singapore; and the Sentosa Integrated Resort Singapore.
At the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, he will be undertaking archaeological investigations on Buddhist period coastal and riverine settlements in Sumatra. Other major projects for this year includes the archaeological investigations at the National Art Gallery site (former Supreme Court and City Hall) and the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, and the continuation of the multi-year project with Boston University and Pusat Penelitian dan Pengembangan Arkeologi Nasional Indonesia (National Centre for Archaeology) at Banten Lama West Java.
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Professor John Miksic is Associate Professor in the Southeast Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore. Born 1946 in Rochester, New York, Dr Miksic studied at Dartmouth (B.A.), Ohio University (M.A.) and Cornell University (PhD). As a student he joined archaeological expeditions to northern Canada and Honduras, but over the last 40 years he has been based in Southeast Asia, conducting archaeological and historical investigations in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma and Cambodia. He has conducted major excavations at 15 sites in Singapore, bringing to light details of 14th-century life here. He is now engaged in organising exhibitions for the 40th anniversary of the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society, and the link between Singapore and Bengkulu, jointly organized by the national archives of Singapore and Indonesia. He is a widely-published author with key works including: Archaeological research on the "Forbidden Hill" of Singapore : excavations at Fort Canning (1985); Borobudur : golden tales of the Buddhas (1990); Old Javanese Gold (1990); Earthenware in Southeast Asia (2003); Early Singapore 1300s-1819: Evidence in maps, texts and artefacts (ed. with Cheryl-Ann Low (2004); and Historical Dictionary of Ancient Southeast Asia (2007). His most recent publication is a translation of Denys Lombard’s “Jardins a Java” (Gardens in Java), issued by the National Centre for Archaeological Research in Jakarta. Items in press include book chapters on Buddhism in Srivijaya, and a book on 25 years of Singaporean archaeology, to be published by the National Heritage Board.
Dr Teren Sevea is Associate Fellow at NSC. He is an Assistant Professor at the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses upon the history of religion and Islam in early modern and modern Southeast Asia, Islamic manuscripts of the Malay world, and Islamic connections across the Bay of Bengal. He is also the co-editor of a volume entitled Islamic Connections: Muslim Societies in South and Southeast Asia.
Kwa Chong Guan works on the intersections of history, archaeology and security studies of Southeast Asia. As an Associate Fellow at the Archaeological Unit of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor at the History Department of the National University of Singapore, Kwa is interested in the long cycles of Southeast Asian history. As Senior Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University, he works on a range of regional security issues with a focus on the implicit narratives underlying our framing of regional security. He started his career working on policy analysis in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then the Ministry of Defence before being assigned to reorganize the Oral History Department in the National Archives and concurrently, the old National Museum. He continues to be associated with these heritage institutions in various advisory capacities and as Chairman of the National Archives Advisory Committee.
Kwa's latest publication is Early Southeast Asia Viewed from India: An Anthology of Articles from the Journal of the Greater India Society (2013). His other book publications include Singapore: A 700-Year History — From Early Emporium to World City (2009) co-authored with Derek Heng and Tan Tai Yong; China-ASEAN Sub-regional Cooperation: Progress, Problems and Prospects (2011) co-edited with Mingjiang Li, Energy Security; Asia Pacific Perspectives (2010) co-edited with Virendra Gupta, and Maritime Security in Southeast Asia (2007) co-edited with John Skogan.