Professor Rob DeCaroli will give a series of four lectures at the Smithsonian Institution this May on the subject of "Art and Kingship in Southeast Asia." The Smithsonian gives this description of his talks:
Strategically located for trade, rich in resources, and containing a surprising variety of cultural traditions, the civilizations of mainland and island Southeast Asia are among the most dynamic and unique in the world. Robert DeCaroli, an associate professor in the department of history and art history at George Mason University, examines the cultural and artistic traditions of ancient Southeast Asia from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism, with a particular focus on the royal arts of the great civilizations that arose within the borders of modern Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, Laos, and Malaysia.
See the Smithsonian website for the titles of the lectures and ticketing information.
April 20, 2016