Potent Places as Embodied Memory in Cambodia

Commenting on sociologist Maurice Halbwach’s (1925) influential theoretical essay on memory, Paul Connerton declared that continuing to speak of “collective memory” required recognition that the term subsumed “quite simply facts of communication between individuals.” (Connerton 2010: 38). Following Halbwachs’ fundamental lessons, I take collective memory here to mean a narrative of [...]

Tempat-tempat Potensial Sebagai Perwakilan Ingatan Di Kamboja

Ketika mengomentari esai teoritis berpengaruh karya sosiologis Maurice Halbwachs (1925) tentang memori/ingatan, Paul Connerton menyatakan bahwa untuk melanjutkan membicarakan ingatan kolektif memerlukan pengakuan bahwa istilah tersebut merupakan bagian dari “fakta cukup sederhana tentang komunikasi antar individu” (Connerton 2010: 38). Mengikuti pelajaran fundamental karya Halbwachs tersebut, [...]


เมื่อความเรียงเชิงทฤษฎีเกี่ยวกับความทรงจำอันโด่งดังของมอริซ อัลบ์วาคส์ (Maurice Halbwachs) นักมานุษยวิทยา ได้รับการตีพิมพ์ออกมานั้น (1925) พอล คอนเนอร์ตัน [...]

Tamnan Krasue – Constructing a Khmer Ghost for a Thai Film

German scholar, Benjamin Baumann, writes about Phi Krasue, one of the most well-known and most frightening uncanny beings of Thai folklore. Like most uncanny beings classified with the pre-fix Phi, Phi Krasue had no singular origin myth that reached beyond the local discourse, but that changed in 2002 with the release of the Film “Tamnan Krasue” which locates the origin of this uncanny being in 13th century Angkorian Khmer culture. This article offers interpretations as to why this idiosyncratic origin myth appeared in the aftermath of the Asian Financial Crisis and how it may contribute to our understanding of contemporary Thai-Cambodian relations. [...]

The 5th Cambodia elections: a turning point for the democratic process

In this the third article from our series ‘Young Academics Voice,’ Vannarith Chheang, from the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, investigates the ‘surprise’ of Cambodia's July 2013 elections. According to Chheang, unlike elections in the past, this one signals a critical turning point in the democratic process. [...]

The Future of Monarchy in Cambodia

          The Future of Monarchy in Cambodia 1 Traditional Southeast Asian monarchies, whether deriving from Hindu-Buddhist or Islamic traditions, have been either eliminated or maintained by major colonial powers. The most powerful ones like the Burmese were destroyed, while the rest had to adjust for survival, including the Siamese. The last Burmese king, Thibaw (reigning from 1 October [...]

The Idea of Kingship in Buddhist Cambodia

Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia Issue 11 (March 2011): Southeast Asian Studies in Korea  “Sihanouk! Long live Sihanouk!” However unusual in the circumstances, this evocation of the prince was no surprise. Citing the destruction by the Americans of their sanctuaries over the border in Cambodia, Hanoi’s troops had penetrated to the heart of Khmer country with impunity, with [...]

캄보디아의 왕과 왕권

Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia Issue 11 (March 2011): Southeast Asian Studies in Korea “시하누크 왕 만세!” 그토록 급박한 상황에서 왕의 이름을 주문처럼 부르는 게 조금도 이상하지 않았다. 베트남군이 캄보디아 심장부로 들어오기까지 마치 ‘ 열려라 참깨’ 처럼 시하누크만 외치면 어디든 무사통과였다 (Bizot [...]

Thailand and Cambodia: A Love-Hate Relationship

The violence which culminated in the burning of the Royal Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh on January 29, 2003, was both shocking and unexpected. The rioting not only inflicted extensive damage to Thai-owned property (fortunately, no one was killed) but severely strained Thai-Cambodian relations. It also warrants study of the history of Thai-Cambodian relations to understand the deep-seated causes of [...]