5th Asia & Pacific Congress 2015 : Panel on East Asian Archaeology, (INALCO, Paris, 9 september 2015)

The congress of GIS Asie and the Réseau Asie & Pacifique is a major event in France much anticipated by researchers studying Asia and the Pacific, primarily in the humanities and social sciences. 


The congress is the opportunity to bring work on Asia and the Pacific to the attention of the scientific community as a whole, assess progress, and discuss projects, but also to raise the concerns of researchers and teachers. It is one of the most important activities for GIS Asie and the Réseau Asie & Pacifique.

Symposium: Deconstructing boundaries: Is 'East Asian Art History' possible? (SOAS, October 10-11, 2015)

The aim of this symposium is to give insight into the changing boundaries and concepts of ‘art’ in Japan and East Asia. The organizers hope especially to illuminate the exchanges and dialogues that took place among the artists of Japan and other East Asian nations.


Publication: SAAC vol.3: Jaina Painting and Manuscript Culture: In Memory of Paolo Pianarosa

This collection presents new research and evidence on Jaina paintings and illuminated manuscripts. It introduces the reader to so far unpublished palm leaf and paper manuscripts, miniature paintings, cosmological and large-scale pilgrimage banners on cloth, printed texts and maps. The documents come from private, museum and library collections in Europe, North America and India and are introduced by expert authors who are based at a number of international institutions.

Publication: SAAC vol.2: Understanding the Hindu Temple: History, Symbols and Forms

This book aims to explain the multiple symbolic meanings encompassed by and in the Hindu temple. Distinct chapters are dedicated to: (1) the multi-level relationship between the temple, the cosmos and the body of the primordial being; (2) the antecedents of Indian sacred monuments; (3) the basic structure of the Hindu temple and the main temple typologies; (4) the sculptural elements, both anthropomorphic and symbolic; (5) the political, economic, and social role played by the temple in Indian society. Lastly, the volume provides a useful glossary of key architectonic terms.  

Exhibition: Drama and Desire in Japanese Art (Corfu Museum of Asian Art, Greece); ends October 31, 2015

The Corfu Museum of Asian Art is pleased to reorganize, due to public interest, the temporary exhibition entitled ‘Drama and Desire in the Japanese Art’, which is open to the visitors from the 24th of April 2015 until October 31 2015. Curator of the exhibition is Despina Zernioti, Director of the Corfu Museum of Asian Art.

Call for participation in the kick-off event of the “Research network for critical transcultural perspectives on cultural and aesthetic practices”, 26 - 28 november 2015, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

The initiators of the “Research Network for Critical Transcultural Perspectives on Cultural and Aesthetic Practices” welcome applications by post-doctoral researchers and advanced doctoral students with a strong profile in critical transcultural research to become members of the network and to actively participate in its kick-off event. The event will take place from 26 - 28 November 2015 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany.

Exhibition; Revealing strokes (Museum Rietberg, Zurich); until October 4, 2015

The pigments used in Indian art are still as bright as ever today, although centuries have elapsed since they were painted. However, applying colour, polishing, and adding contour lines and ornaments were only the last steps in a creation process consisting of many separate stages. Different kinds of drawings (sketches, tracings, workshop copies) not only document the process through which a given work of art was made, but also tell us more about the artists than we can learn from their finished works alone.