SPAFA SESH

SPAFA SESH (Seminars-Events-Shows-HowTos) is a series of online activities aimed at practitioners and professionals interested in Southeast Asia’s archaeology, heritage and arts. They are scheduled to take place through virtual platforms, such as Facebook Live (on SPAFA’s Facebook page) and Zoom. SPAFA SESH will be led by resource persons sharing their experience and knowledge in their fields of activity, and will include moderated audience participation.

From Copyright to Creative Commons

Date: 16 December 2020

Time: 9:00 AM (BKK time)

Online Platform: Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/seameo.spafa/ and on *Zoom *(Please register at: https://bit.ly/SPAFASESH_CopyrightCreativeCommons_RegForm)

Can you use Internet images for your presentations? How do you share your work with the wider community to increase creativity? Want to know more about the basics of Copyright and using Creative Commons licensing to help you? Join us in our ‘From Copyright to Creative Commons‘ SESH on 16 December 2020 at 09:00 hours Bangkok Time for a conversation with Teerin Charoenpot, Susannah Tantemsapya, Linh Anh Moreau and Ean Lee.

Teerin Chareonpot is an Intellectual Property lawyer whose experience includes more than 20 years working with leading law firms and the government sector as well as an advisor for several start-up companies. Susannah Tantemsapya is working towards changing lives for the better through art and culture; she is the Founder & Executive Director of Creative Migration and Bangkok 1899, which advances cultural diplomacy through art, public engagement and sustainability, with a particular interest in art that addresses the Climate Crisis. Susannah has been using the CC for over a decade, and believes in protecting the rights of content creators. Linh Anh Moreau and Ean Lee will be the SEAMEO SPAFA co-hosts of the session.

No. Title/Topic Date and Time of SESH
1 “House that Speak to Us” | When SPAFA Meets Phrae, Together We Preserve Houses that Speak to Us  29 June 2020

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bangkok time

2 Older is not Necessarily Better: The Short History of the Ifugao Rice Terraces  8 July 2020

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Manila time

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Bangkok time

3 Recent Discoveries from Angkor Wat and Srah Srang 20 July 2020
10:00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. (Phnom Penh/Bangkok time), 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Singapore time)
 

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Museum Move

18 August 2020

10:00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. (Bangkok time), 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Kuala Lumpur/ Manila time)

 

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Archaeology of the Vuon Chuoi (Banana Garden) Complex, Hanoi

18 September 2020

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Vietnam/BKK time)

 

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A Talk with the Curator on the Exhibition, “New Corona and Living Society” at Suita City Museum in northern Osaka Prefecture, Japan

6 October 2020

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Bangkok time), 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Japan time)

 

7 New Normal Throughout History: Urban Society Adaptations to Crisis 16 October 2020

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Bangkok time), 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Manila time), 4:00 – 6:00 a.m. (London time)

8 Preserving Textiles: Indigenous Knowledge and Methods 12 November 2020

9:00 a.m. (BKK and Jakarta time) / 10:00 a.m. (KL time)

9 From Copyright to Creative Commons 16 December 2020

9:00 a.m. (BKK time)

Stay tuned for details on other SPAFA SESHes to come soon.

Preserving Textiles: Indigenous Knowledge and Methods

Date: 12 November 2020

Time: 9:00 AM (BKK and Jakarta time) / 10:00 AM (KL time)

Online Platform: Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/seameo.spafa/ and on Zoom (Please register for Zoom link) *Please note you will be taken to the registration form of UCLA – a collaborator in this SESH.*

Southeast Asian traditional textiles are world renowned and valued as expressions of cultural identity, from the weaving and dyeing processes to the symbolism of their aesthetics and uses. However, local knowledge and actual methods to preserve such deterioration-prone organic material is an under-studied field. To identify tropical-climate appropriate, locally sourced, sustainable, and cost-effective methods that can be adopted by local practitioners working in the preservation of traditional textiles, SEAMEO SPAFA collaborated with local researchers on a region-wide project to collect, document, and compile invaluable indigenous knowledge on caring for textiles. Data collected includes plant materials and methods for wet cleaning, dry cleaning, stain removal, insect mitigation, storage, and associated spiritual beliefs. A first study of its kind, it brought together a dynamic group of textile professionals, museum experts, conservators, historians, scientists, and anthropologists, eager to research, chronicle and learn more about their own national and indigenous practices – before the knowledge is lost.

Panelists: Julia M. Brennan (Senior Consulting Conservator, Caring for Textiles); Annissa M. Gultom (Director, National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE); Lilian García Alonso-Alba (Conservation Scientist/Professor, Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía, Mexico); Mohd Syahrul bin Ab Ghani (Curator, Division of Research and Documentation, Department of Museums Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia)

Moderator: Linh Anh Moreau (Programme Officer, SEAMEO SPAFA)

New Normals Throughout History: Urban Society Adaptations to Crisis

Date: 16 October 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Bangkok time), 11:00  a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Manila time), 4:00-6:00 a.m. (London time)

Online Platform: Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/seameo.spafa/ and Zoom *(Register at: http://bit.ly/SPAFASESH_NewNormalThroughoutHistory_RegForm)

At present we are aware that our world is changing due to COVID-19 outbreak. While the pandemic still continues and no one knows how this biological disaster will end. Various protective measures such as physical distancing, rearranging the lay-out plan and facilities of public spaces, changing social practicing and etc. have been implemented so as to mitigate the spreading as well as catastrophic impacts from the disease. It has been debatable whether these changes will be temporary or will become the new social orders or normal that brings new ways of life to the mankind.

Looking back on our history, many examples of human adaptation to several kinds of disasters can be obviously seen around the world. On one hand the innovation or adaptation of building materials and technologies was developed to mitigate the impacts from earthquake as we can see from San Sebastian Church in Manila in the Philippines while urban structure in many historic towns such as London was redesigned for better safety and sanitary reasons after the great fires particularly in 1666. On the other hand floating structure and house on stilts showing human’s resiliency along riverine areas were seen around Southeast Asia in the past. However, ultimately relocation of the ancient capitals or resettlement of several towns including Ayutthaya, a capital of Siam Kingdom which was developed to be Thailand at present, is an extreme case study to demonstrate the sense of survival of people from the unavoidable outbreaks such as plague and smallpox.

In SPAFA SESH on “New Normals throughout History: Urban Society Adaptations to Crisis”, three speakers will share case studies on human adaptation learnt through the history of three cities: London, Manila and Ayutthaya.

Guest Speakers:

  1. Sasathorn Charoenphan, Archaeologist, Museum of London Archaeology
  2. Tina Paterno President, ICOMOS Philippines, Former Technical Director, San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc.
  3. Siripoj Laomanacharoen, Historian, Columnist and Author

Moderator:

Ms Hatthaya Siripatthanakun, SEAMEO SPAFA Specialist in Cultural Heritage Conservation

[Discussion will be conducted in English]

A Talk with the Curator on the Exhibition, “New Corona and Living Society” at Suita City Museum in northern Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Date: 6 October 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Bangkok time), 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Japan time)

Online Platform: Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/seameo.spafa/ and Zoom *(Register at: http://bit.ly/SPAFASESH_NewCorona_RegForm)

As the world faces threats from the new coronavirus, museums in Japan have been responding to the pandemic in many instructive ways.

Kenji Saotome, a full-time Curator at Suita City Museum, and his team are fully aware of their professional duty to “collect” and “archive” during the pandemic so as to record and help future generations learn about the current experience. They collected objects and documents to archive the story of the pandemic as they know that what happens today will be a “historical document” tomorrow. Their work was showcased in the exhibition, “New Corona and Living Society” at Suita City Museum during July and August 2020.

In the museological context, it was edifying about the way each step of the preparation of the exhibition was presented, the collection effort, the content creation and the inputs of the curator, Kenji Saotome.

Such exhibition create opportunities and allow the people to look back and appreciate what can be learned; they are invaluable to society as epidemics, like disasters, do occur repeatedly, yet people forget them soon.

Moderator:

Mrs Somlak Charoenpot, SEAMEO SPAFA Centre Director

[Discussion will be conducted in English]

Archaeology of the Vuon Chuoi (Banana Garden) Complex, Hanoi

Date: 18 September 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. (Vietnam and Bangkok time)

Online Platform: Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/seameo.spafa/ and Zoom *(Register at: http://bit.ly/SPAFASESH_VuonChuoi_RegForm)

Since 1969, Archaeological relics have been discovered and researched at the Vuon Chuoi Complex of sites in the Hoai Duc District of Hanoi. So far, the results have indicated that Vuon Chuoi is a residence-burial complex developed continuously through the Dong Dau – Go Mun periods – Dong Son periods, from 3500 to 2000 BP. During 2019 and 2020, the Institute of Archaeology, Hanoi Department of Culture and Department of Archaeology and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Viet Nam University conducted the excavations at the site for evaluation of its values for making a preservation plan. Join Professor Lam Thi My Dung and her team to understand why Vuon Chuoi is an important site for the prehistory of the Red River Delta of Northern Vietnam.

Moderator:

Dr Noel H. Tan, SEAMEO SPAFA Senior Specialist in Archaeology

[Discussion will be conducted in English]

*Registration at http://bit.ly/SPAFASESH_VuonChuoi_RegForm

Museum Move

Date: 18 August 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. (Bangkok time), 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Kuala Lumpur and Manila time)

Online Platform: Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/seameo.spafa/ and Zoom *(Register at: https://bit.ly/SPAFASESH_MuseumMove_RegForm)

Every once in a while, there are occurrences affecting our planet earth, whether natural or human-induced, and leaving indelible marks on our ways of life. Currently, there are a wide range of contemporary concerns, such as climate change, political issues, discourses on race, and recently the pandemic situation.

Museums, as institutions for society and the people living in it, are in constant search of how these phenomena change our society in order to reassess how to fulfill their role in serving the public. Thus the definition of the museum has to always be re-adjusted to strengthen its role in meeting every new situation.

During this pandemic period, museums have had to close their doors to the public. Some may have already reopened, with many adjustments having to be made to meet the safety requirements needed for their visitors. In these new circumstances, how have museum professionals (directors, curators and other practitioners) been re-thinking the museum’s new move in response to the contemporary context, whether physically or conceptually?

Guests:

  • Ms. Nitaya Kanokmongkol, Director of Office of National Museums, The Fine Arts Department, Thailand
  • Mr Jeremy R. Barns, Director General, National Museum of the Philippines
  • Datuk Kamarul Baharin bin A. Kasim, Director General, Department of Museums Malaysia
  • Mr Kenji Saotome, Curator at Suita City Museum, Japan; Board Member at International Committee for Regional Museums, International Council of Museums (ICOM); Board Member at The Museological Society of Japan and The Japan Society for Exhibition Studies

Moderator:

Mrs Somlak Charoenpot, SEAMEO SPAFA Centre Director

[Discussion will be conducted in English]

*Registration at https://bit.ly/SPAFASESH_MuseumMove_RegForm

Recent Discoveries from Angkor Wat and Srah Srang

Date: 20 July 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. (Phnom Penh/Bangkok time), 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Singapore Time)

Online Platform: Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/seameo.spafa/ and Zoom *(Register at: https://bit.ly/SPAFASESH-AngkorWatSrahSrang-RegForm)

Earlier this year, several spectacular discoveries were made by research teams working at the Angkor Archaeological Park. Early in April 2020, archaeologists from the APSARA Authority accidentally discovered many hundreds of fragments from damaged Buddha statues in Angkor Wat. They were found during ground clearing around the third enclosures of the temple, near the foot of Mahabharata gallery, firstly two Buddha torsos. A research team investigated the site and excavated for an area of 15 square meters over 50 days, unearthing nearly 300 fragments of damaged Buddha statues dating from the 12th to 19th centuries. Additionally, the restoration team from the APSARA Authority has been working on a project to restore a stone structure in the middle of Srah Srang, the Royal Pool. During routine excavations to understand the extent of the structure to be repaired, APSARA archaeologists found extraordinary artefacts: more than ten thousand of colourless crystal quartz; thousands of fragments of stone carvings; metal objects; wooden structure remains on base of stone structure; and a pair of stone turtles.

Presenters:

Im Sokrithy, Director, Department of Conservation Monuments and Archaeology, APSARA Authority

Moderator:

Dr Noel H. Tan, SEAMEO SPAFA Senior Specialist in Archaeology.

[Discussion will be conducted in English]

*Registration at https://bit.ly/SPAFASESH-AngkorWatSrahSrang-RegForm

Older is not Necessarily Better: The Short History of the Ifugao Rice Terraces

Date: 8 July 2020

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. (Manila time), 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Bangkok Time)

Online Platform: Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/seameo.spafa/ and Zoom *(Register at: https://bit.ly/2ndSPAFASESH-Ifugao-Registration-Form)

The long-held belief in the age of the Ifugao Rice Terraces, pegged at ca. 2000 years, as proposed by pioneer anthropologists of the Philippines Henry Otley Beyer and Roy F. Barton has become a sort of received wisdom among Filipinos. It has been taken as a gospel truth, that even the UNESCO enlistment of the agricultural wonders highlights its long history narrative. It is no wonder then, that recent archaeological and ethnohistorical discoveries that suggest a short history origin of the terraces have become an anathema to nationalist sentiments about age of the terraces. In this presentation, we provide the scientific bases for the later dating of the terraces. By doing so, we argue that the shift to wet-rice cultivation (and the inception of rice terracing traditions) in Ifugao, Philippines was a conscious decision by the Ifugao to counter the Spanish conquest. This contention empowers Ifugao communities and forces us to rethink dominant Philippine historical narratives.

Presenters:

Marlon Martin is an Ifugao who heads a non-profit heritage conservation organization in his home province in Ifugao, Philippines. He actively works with various academic and conservation organizations both locally and internationally in the pursuit of indigenous studies integration and inclusion in the formal school curricula. Along with Acabado, he established the first community-led Ifugao Indigenous Peoples Education Center, the first in the region.

Stephen Acabado is associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His archaeological investigations in Ifugao, northern Philippines, have established the recent origins of the Cordillera Rice Terraces, which were once known to be at least 2,000 years old. Dr. Acabado directs the Bicol and Ifugao Archaeological Projects and co-directs the Taiwan Indigenous Landscape and History Project.  He is a strong advocate of an engaged archaeology where descendant communities are involved in the research process.

Moderator:

Dr Noel H. Tan, SEAMEO SPAFA Senior Specialist in Archaeology.

[Discussion will be conducted in English]

*Registration at https://bit.ly/2ndSPAFASESH-Ifugao-Registration-Form

“House that Speak to Us” | When SPAFA Meets Phrae, Together We Preserve Houses that Speak to Us

Date: 29 June 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. (Bangkok Time)

Online Platform: Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/seameo.spafa/

Starting from a community-based conservation project using a Living Heritage Approach, SEAMEO SPAFA and Luk Lan Muang Phrae Network collaborated on a series of activities, including researches, street fairs, bicycle tours, historic house conservation and a publication, between 2004 and 2010. On the occasion of the 10 year anniversary since the project’s completion, SEAMEO SPAFA is going to bring together individuals involved in said activities, particularly in the conservation of historic houses to share their experiences, their passion and their dreams about the houses that were documented in the SEAMEO SPAFA book “Community-Based Architectural Heritage Preservation in Phrae, Thailand.”

Guest speakers:

  • Dr Pornthum Thumwimol, Landscape Architect, Fine Arts Department
  • Mr Shinnaworn Chompupan, Architect, Phrae Architectural Heritage Preservation Club
  • Dr Patcharawee Tunprawat, Head, Arts and Creative Industries, British Council
  • Mrs Somlak Charoenpot, Centre Director, SEAMEO SPAFA

Moderator:

Ms Hatthaya Siriphatthanakun, Specialist in Cultural Heritage Conservation, SEAMEO SPAFA

[Discussion will be conducted in Thai]

Registration at https://bit.ly/SPAFASESH-Pilot-Phrae-Registration-Form