Lecture: “Ceramics in Myanmar: Unexplored Territory”
by Prof. John N. Miksic & Prof. Goh Geok Yian
7pm, Thursday, 6 December 2012
82 Cairnhill Road, Singapore 229684
For many people, Myanmar ceramics are synonymous with the word “martaban”, but this does not do justice to the wide range of ceramics made in that country. Myanmar is one of the great ceramic producing areas in Southeast Asia, in which one can trace Shan, Mon, Pyu, and Burmese traditions. The site of Bagan has very early glazed architectural ceramics including entire buildings. This talk will explore the art history of this subject and the few archaeological reports available for Myanmar, and describe plans for future activities by the SEACS in this field.
About the Speaker
Prof. John N. Miksic received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1979 and is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. He is also Head of the Archaeology Unit, at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). Prof. Miksic was the editor of SEACS’ 40th Anniversary publication Southeast Asian Ceramics: New Light on Old Pottery (2010), as well as Earthenware in Southeast Asia (2003). He is also a Life Member of SEACS.
Prof. Goh Geok Yian is Assistant Professor in the History Programme, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2007. Her interests lie in the areas of pre-modern history, Buddhism, and Buddhist art in Burma and mainland Southeast Asia.