12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR
Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1007
Section Information for Spring 2022
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. This course will examine the various cultural and artistic traditions of ancient Southeast Asia from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism. The lectures and discussions will focus on the material culture of the great civilizations that arose within the borders of modern Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, Laos, and Malaysia. A goal of the course will be to understand the cultural, political and religious factors, which gave rise to the creation of these works. Special emphasis will be given to the development of state formation, the role of kingship, the impact of foreign influences and the role of trade in the exchange of ideas.