This year’s main conference theme is “Crossing Borders in Southeast Asian Archaeology.” The interdisciplinary conference brings together archaeologists, art historians, and philologists who share a common interest in Southeast Asia’s past from prehistory to the historical period. Its aim is to facilitate communication between different disciplines with particular emphasis on interculturality. The conference provides an international platform for more than 200 scholars from Europe, America, Australia, and Southeast Asia to introduce current research and recent field reports from the region.
Southeast Asia is an extraordinarily diverse region. Different geographical and climatic conditions – such as high mountains, highland valleys, river systems and deltas, shorelines, and islands – have fostered a region of extreme cultural, political, and ethnic diversity. There are interactions between these different worlds. The conference participants will deal with the transfer of knowledge, language, and material culture as evidence for transregional and interregional interaction in their current research.
In four countries of Southeast Asia, there are ten archaeological sites that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At the conference there will be panels devoted to each of these areas. New approaches to research and conservation concepts will be discussed with scholars from the region. This opportunity to invite local specialists sets the conference apart from others, and within the German research landscape, it is a unique opportunity for scholarly exchange.