In thematic line with the symposium »Beyond Trauma? A Transregional Perspective on Trauma and Aesthetics« (13–15 June, 2019 at Forum Transregionale Studien and ICI Berlin), this year’s Art Histories Travelling Seminar was held under the title »Cultural Heritage and Post-Genocide Memory in Cambodia« from 14 to 25 March in Cambodia and Singapore. Meetings and discussions with scholars, archivists, artists, curators, and activists took place at the Center for Khmer Studies, the APSARA National Authority, the National Museum of Cambodia, at Bophana Audiovisual Research Center, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The itinerary included intensive discussions on genocide and memory, artistic engagement with trauma, the potential layers of colonialism, dance and politics of cultural heritage, the urbanism of Phnom Penh and French colonial rule, the impact of New Khmer architecture in the 1960s and 70s as well as the entanglements of religious and ritual practices at the temple complexes of Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei and Sambor Prei Kuk, and sites such as Phnom Kulen.
Guests and cooperation partners:
Barbara Thimm (Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum/ GIZ Advisor), Bertrand Porte (National Museum of Cambodia/ École Francaise d'Extrême Orient), Samedy Suong (Center for Khmer Studies), Svay Sareth, Maline Yim, Oum Sophea Pheach (Golden Silk Pheach Preservation Center), Pen Sereypagna (The Vann Molyvann Project), Lisa Horikawa (National Galery Singapore), and others.