Roles and Priorities

Our Role

SEAMEO SPAFA aims at being the world’s reference and authoritative knowledge centre on Southeast Asian archaeology and fine arts through:

Capacity-building workshops, training and seminars, making alliances and networking with academics, resource persons, and institutions specialized in these fields.

Innovative activities that combine different artistic elements or mixed media

Promotion and regular support of archaeological and cultural activities in the region, with the focus on regional relevance in meeting the changes and needs due to the social and economic integration in Southeast Asia

Providing e-contents related to cultural issues for educational purposes

Expansion of the Centre’s Library and electronic resources relating to archaeology and fine arts

Reaching out to the global public through the Centre’s website and mass-media.

Our Flagship Programmes

The Centre’s activities are grouped under 3 Flagship Programmes, namely:
Advancing Southeast Asian Archaeology

To support consultative meetings, training, workshops, networking, experts’ meetings, researches and project evaluation in specific fields of Southeast Asian archaeology.

  • Southeast Asian Archaeology
  • International Conference
  • Underwater Archaeology
  • Rock Art Studies
  • Conservation of Artefacts
  • Museum Development
Sacred Universe

To support consultative meetings, training, workshops, networking, experts’ meetings, researches and project evaluation in specific topics and themes in fine arts, photographic arts, religious arts, performing arts and oral traditions of Southeast Asia.

  • Spiritual Arts
  • Photography
  • Southeast Asian Performing Traditions
  • Rice Folklore
Conservation in the Tropics

To support consultative meetings, training, workshops, networking, experts’ meetings, researches and project evaluation in the conservation of tangible Southeast Asian Heritage with the emphasis on the relevancy and applicability of traditional conservation methods and the role of local communities.

  • Vernacular Architecture
  • Capitals/Urban Origins
  • Ancient Manuscripts

In addition, there will be Collaborative Projects related to the themes of Sustainable Development and Education for All in cooperation with SEAMEO institutions and SEAMEO member countries and other organizations such as UNESCO, ASEAN, Japan Foundation and the World Bank.