Stanford U Seminar: Theravada Buddhist Arts of Mainland Southeast Asia

Presented by Stanford Continuing Studies Program at Annenberg Auditorium – Stanford University
February 2, 2013

This seminar will introduce participants to the little discussed Buddhist art and architecture of Laos, in particular the mural paintings, textiles, and ephemeral ritual arts of Luang Prabang. It will also address the role Theravada (and Socially Engaged Buddhism) plays in the contemporary arts of Southeast Asia. In the course of the seminar, there will be an exploration of questions such as: “How do artists integrate Theravada Buddhist philosophical perspectives on materiality, ritual, space, and performance into their practice?” and “In what ways do socially engaged Buddhist arts offer alternative ways for thinking about political movements and social communities?”

Boreth Ly was born in Cambodia and educated in France and the United States. He teaches courses at UC Santa Cruz on ancient and contemporary arts of Southeast Asia and its diaspora. Ly has published numerous articles on the visual culture of Southeast Asia and its diaspora. In addition, he has co-edited a book with Nora Taylor entitled “Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art: An Anthology.”


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