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Summer Programme in Southeast Asian Art History & Conservation

Focus: Premodern Java

23 July – 2 August 2016
Trawas, East Java (Indonesia)


This pioneering Summer Programme will focus on premodern Javanese Art History, in both its local and translocal dimensions. It will cover from the Central Javanese ‘Hindu-Buddhist’ period to the late Majapahit and Early Islamic period (ca. 8th–early 17th century).

This Summer Programme is the result of a partnership between the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre at the ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute (Singapore), Universitas Surabaya (Indonesia), and SOAS’ Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme (SAAAP) at the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts (UK). It aims to promote the study of Southeast Asian Art History in the region and internationally.

The Summer Programme will be taught by a pool of ten Indonesian and European experts from different disciplinary backgrounds. It will showcase the state-of-the-art research on Javanese Art History and related aspects of culture, history, and religion. It will also introduce the participants to the basics of conservation techniques and current approaches to museology in a local and global context.

Who can apply?
To be eligible to apply for the 2016 NSC-ISEAS/SOAS Summer Programme, you must:

  • be a full-time and advanced undergraduate (final year) or post-graduate student pursuing a full-time degree in Art History, Archaeology, Museology, History, or related fields; be a researcher, Museum curator, or civil officer active in one of the above fields (see FAQs).
  • have a good command of English (English is the language of instruction).

Held over ten days at Ubaya’s Integrated Outdoor Campus (IOC), the programme will be located at the foot of Mount Penanggungan in the town of Trawas (Mojokerto, East Java). Mount Penanggungan is regarded as one of the most sacred mountains in Java, and identified with the summit of the holy Mount Mahāmeru during the Hindu-Buddhist period.

The programme will include a one-day tour in the history-rich environs of Mount Penanggungan and a three-day tour to temples, museums and relevant archaeological sites across East Java (i.e. Kediri, Singhasari, Trowulan/Majapahit, Blitar/Panataran).

Programme grants
A grant will be offered to successful applicants to cover their airfare or part of it, depending on their port of embarkation. Boarding and lodging during the 10 days will be covered by the organisation.

How to apply

  • Application form and instructions can be downloaded here.
  • For more details about the programme, please read the programme brochure
  • Check out our FAQs for answers to commonly asked questions. If your question was not answered in the FAQs, kindly direct them to nscsp2016[at]iseas.edu.sg.
  • Application deadline: 31 March 2016

Dr. Andrea Acri | andrea@iseas.edu.sg
Dr. Helene Njoto | helene_njoto@iseas.edu.sg
Dr. Peter Sharrock | ps56@soas.ac.uk

If you wish to download a pdf copy of the programme e-flyer (announcement), please click here

To find out more about our Centre, you may visit http://nsc.iseas.edu.sg.