Archive for 2012

SA SA BASSAC opens Surface by Vandy Rattana | 8 December 2012, 6.00 – 8.00pm

Friday, December 7th, 2012

SA SA BASSAC is pleased to open Surface, our second solo exhibition with Vandy Rattana.

Surface is a series of thirty-three photographs selected from a diary of images taken between 2010-2012 while the artist was living in Paris and touring Europe. Surface follows Vandy’s acclaimed Bomb Ponds series, from which it also seemingly departs however is inextricably linked. The artist’s confrontation with the physical and psychological scars of the American bombing provoked a shift in philosophy surrounding the relationship between historiography and image making. Photographs, for Vandy, became fiction. No longer representative of reality, the artist constructed surfaces of public and private life and space in environments alien to him, unified and defined primarily by composition – a way of seeing as an extension of a way of thinking. Surface is accompanied by the artist’s text, drawn from his encounters photographing, in which he creates a rhythm of blindness and death as metaphor for limitations of perception, ignorance and freedom.

Surface, select text by Vandy Rattana
…The words were empty and his voice was blind, me too, I’m blind, like my camera and film. The red robe of the blonde woman is blind. She couldn’t see the color of herself, like the other adorable Parisian ladies waiting for trains in dark tunnels. The sounds of their high-heeled shoes became mute, frozen, unmoving, blind. I don’t know who pissed in the Paris metro of Malesherbes station at 17e arrondissement. Someone stepped in it, perhaps the same man who pissed, so he must be blind. A blind happy couple seemed to love making love in the dark tunnels. Maybe it was them who pissed there where death is not true to them and they are not true to death because they are both blind. The man is dead. His body is in the museum. He’s blind. Perhaps my death would be blind too with no reason, like the death of a longneck bird that pretended to be alive at the same museum, in glass, surrounded by blindness and silence. The silence is blind, me too. In Bersonçon, it was freezing cold, I could feel it, not see it – I’m blind. The trees, the river, the houses were all freezing, blind. Even the cigognes were fixing and they’re all blind. They can fly, like pigeons, in a blind space through the wind of France, and the wind is blind. They can’t see each other, they feel each other. Tarton does not know when the world began. He was born and he is now getting old and waiting for death. He doesn’t see his death, he’s blind. Death too is blind. His proprietor asked him if he would like to see the tree at place de la Sorbonne where he usually urinates at ten o’clock in the evening while people are eating and talking blind, but he refused, because he could feel the fluorescent light in the bathtub at a small white apartment of 5e arrondissement where he was born and waiting for his death or, he might not die there because death is blind. A young couple ran from all religions on a blue motorbike, a gift from a girl’s parents for her eighteenth birthday. She doesn’t drive, she was blinded right after her eighteenth birthday. Her boyfriend will become blind in the next few hours, that’s why he opened his eyes and drove fast with his girl behind him along the tiny winding road. They rode to nowhere, feeling only the cold and the heat, the heat and the cold, where blind freedom accommodates no convention.…

About the Artist

Vandy Rattana (born 1980, Phnom Penh) lives and works between Phnom Penh, Paris and Taipei. His serial work employs a range of analog cameras and formats, straddling the line between strict documentary and artistic practice. Select exhibitions include: dOCUUMENTA(13), The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, Kiev Biennale (2012), Poetic Politic, Kadist Foundation, USA (2012), Between Utopias and Dystopias, Museum University for Contemporary Art, Mexico City (2011); Bomb Ponds, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2011), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, APT6 (2009).


SA SA BASSAC is a gallery and resource center dedicated to creating, facilitating, producing, and sharing contemporary visual culture in and from Cambodia.

Exhibition Details
Exhibition: Surface by Vandy Rattana
Partner: PhotoPhnomPenh / French Institute, Phnom Penh
Opening: Saturday, 8 December, 6.00 – 8.00PM
Artist Talk: Saturday 15 December, 6:00-7.30PM
Dates: 8 December, 2012 – 13 January, 2013
Opening Hours: Thursday – Sunday 10am-6pm + by appointment
Location: #18 2nd Floor, Sothearos Blvd
Contact: +855 (0)12 507 917

HSEPP December monthly digest

Friday, December 7th, 2012
Dear HSEPP member,
In an effort to cut down on the number of routine emails we bombard you with, we have now decided to keep you updated about Human Sciences research in Cambodia on a monthly basis.
We hope you will appreciate our initiative and thank you in advance for sending your feedbacks to
Merry Christmas to all of you !



The Center for Khmer Studies is delighted to welcome William Brehm to our Public Lecture Series. His talk is entitled:

Challenging Commonplace Assumptions about Rean Kua:
An Investment in Human Capital, A Need for Good Governance, or a Manifestation of Educational Capitalism?

Date: Friday 28/12/2012
Time: 5.30 – 6.30 PM

CKS Conference Hall
Wat Damnak
Siem Reap

Please Confirm attendance by 27/12/2012

Email: or call 063 964 385


Within many developing countries, private tutoring is commonly understood as either an investment in the human capital of a child or an indication of deficient good governance practices resulting from educational corruption. Either a household is praised for its extra allocation of resources on education or teachers are blamed for corrupt practices of selling grades to the highest buyer. In Cambodia, this practice is called Rean Kua where students receive extra lessons from their formal schoolteachers after school hours for a fee.

Although there is evidence to support both human capital and good governance theories, upon closer examination, the phenomenon of private tutoring is far more complex. In some cases there is evidence to suggest teachers and students use the space of private tutoring to practice alternative pedagogies and innovate curricular content as compared to ministry standards. This complex terrain requires a robust theoretical perspective. This paper will detail Rean Kua through these different perspectives by drawing on a 2012 empirical study of achievement differentials and equity issues. It will end by introducing the idea of educational capitalism as a way to explain the commodification of education and its impact on the nation-state.

William C. Brehm is a PhD student at the University of Hong Kong. His dissertation research focuses on the political economy of private tutoring in Cambodia. He graduated with a bachelor of arts in international relations in 2008 and completed his master’s degree in comparative and international education in 2010 from Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA, USA). He has written numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals of education that focus on international education development and the history of education. He has worked in the Asian education sector since 2006 as a teacher, United Nations NGO representative, and researcher. Between 2010 and 2012, Brehm lived in Siem Reap, Cambodia, working for This Life Cambodia as the director of research. As the associate editor of European Education: Issues and Studies, he stays connected to comparative education research in Europe while living in Asia. He can be reached at

Please visit our website for further information.

Warm Regards,
Michael Parsons

Center for Khmer Studies
Siem Reap


The 2nd Annual SEA Studies Symposium

9 – 10 March 2013
University of Oxford

The 2nd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium will be held on 9-10 March 2013 at the University of Oxford.

Southeast Asia is a vitally important region of the world, and its most urgent issues are transregional and multidisciplinary in nature. Project Southeast Asia seeks to contribute to solutions to these issues by providing the Symposium as a platform for the dissemination, discussion, and debate of ideas.

The Symposium has three core aims:

  • To present solutions for contemporary Southeast Asian issues by bringing together the brightest minds from all fields and disciplines, and from around the world. Its core goal is to promote the integration of the humanities and social sciences with science, medicine, and business in order to create solutions which are effective, viable, and appropriate to culture and geography.
  • To build networks and relationships between current and future decision-makers in Europe and Southeast Asia, as well as connections among academia, government, NGOs, and business. Integral to the Symposium will be opportunities for Southeast Asian and European politicians, corporate leaders, academics, and NGOs to interact and build relationships.
  • To promote the research of the most talented scholars of Southeast Asia and offer a platform for young academics to present their work.

The selected Panels are listed on the website below. Please submit paper proposals to the Panel organisers.



The Cornell Southeast Asia Program invites submissions for its 15th Annual Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Conference. The conference will be held at the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, on March 1-3, 2013. Professor Lindy Williams from the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell will deliver our keynote address.

We welcome submissions of abstracts from graduate students who have completed original research related to Southeast Asia. There is no specific theme for this conference, as we hope to attract a wide range of submissions. Our intention is to reflect the dynamic research currently undertaken by graduate students. The Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s Graduate Committee will review the abstracts, select presenters, and organize panels by theme. In order to aid this process of thematic organization, we ask that you please include a few keywords summarizing your presentation along with your abstract.

Selected contributors will present their work as part of a panel, and paper abstracts will be included in the conference program. All the panels will have discussants, so presenters should be prepared to submit full papers of 5000-8000 words by February 15. All accepted papers will be rigorously reviewed for potential submission to SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. If selected, we will work with you to further prepare the paper for submission.

A very limited number of modest travel allowances may be available for those traveling longer distances. We encourage applicants to seek funding from their home institutions first. Please indicate along with your abstract whether you expect to receive travel funding from your home institution and if you would like to be considered for a travel allowance from the Cornell Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Committee. We will be in touch in February to coordinate graduate student host lodging for confirmed presenters. In the spirit of collegiate engagement, all presenters are requested to attend the entire conference.

Please submit abstracts to the following email address: All abstracts should be limited to 250 words and sent in MS Word format. Do not send a .pdf. Please name your abstract using your first and last name together (for example, johnsmith.doc for John Smith’s abstract). The subject of the message should specify “Abstract” and the body should include the following information:

· Author name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and a primary email address

· Title of paper

· Paper topic or keywords

· The abstract

· Expectations of Funding Needs

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 10, 2013

Notification of Acceptance: Late January 2013

Confirmation of Attendance Deadline: February 5, 2013

Full Papers Due: February 15, 2013



Dr. Krisna UK Named Director of Center for Khmer Studies

The Center for Khmer Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Krisna UK, a former research fellow of CKS, as its next Director, beginning in January 2012. Dr. Michael Sullivan, who has directed CKS for 5 years, will step down at the end of December to return to his scholarly research.

Dr. UK is a distinguished international scholar, who studied at the University of California-Berkeley and holds Masters degrees from the University of Paris-Sorbonne and Oxford University, as well as a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University. Her previous scholarly work focused on comparative literature and environmental sciences. Her PhD dissertation in social anthropology was on the Jarai, whose language she speaks. Here extensive experience in NGO management includes five years with the Cambodia Trust, as well as five years of development work in humanitarian demining, which includes research on the impact of landmines contamination on Southeast Asian communities living in high risk areas.

Dr. UK is the first scholar of Khmer descent to rise to an executive leadership position at CKS. On behalf of the CKS Board, Dr. Lois de Menil, President, says, “We are particularly pleased to welcome Dr. UK and her young family back to Cambodia. CKS looks forward to a period of dynamic new leadership and outreach.”

Since its founding in 1999, the Center for Khmer Studies, the American Overseas Research Center in Cambodia, located in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, has been dedicated to research and training in the humanities, arts and social sciences. It sponsors fellowships

for American and international scholars to undertake research in Cambodia. It also supports a free 15,000 volume Library at Wat Damnak- Siem Reap and runs training programs and workshops for both students and academic staff of Cambodian universities. CKS sponsors international conferences and workshops for Khmer and international scholars and offers monthly free public lectures in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. In addition it runs a Publishing Program to translate major scholarly texts into Khmer and it sponsors their sale at prices beneath usual market rates to make them accessible to a wider public. It sponsors Khmer scholars’ travel to regional conferences.

A recently completed CKS project was the compilation, in collaboration with the Dance Division of the NY Public Library of the Performing Arts, of an archive dedicated to classical Cambodian dance, which includes photos and objects as well as extensive video interviews with artists who survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. Among CKS’s current programs is a major multi-year project to create a digital inventory of the Cambodian National Museum’s collection, including multiple digital photos of each object. The second phase of that project, now underway, is the creation of a multilingual interactive database accessible from the Web. The project is supported by the Leon Levy Foundation in New York, and is managed by Australian scholar, Daryl Collins.

HSEPP – Human Sciences Encounters in Phnom Penh –

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Pascale Hancart Petitet, Emiko Stock, Léo Mariani, Gabriel Fauveaud

Next HSEPP conference: 7th January 2013- 6pm – Sambo Klauth: “Perceptions of key informants regarding post-operation interventions”

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Dear HSEPP members,

The next HSEPP conference will be held on Monday 7th January 2013, 6pm, at the Royal University of Fine Arts, on the ground floor of the Foundation Year building, room A3. For those who attended previous conferences, you will find us in the same room.

Since many of you terribly regretted to have missed the opportunity to listen to him last month, Sambo Klauth has agreed to present his research once again about “Perceptions of key informants regarding post-operation interventions”. The study describes what survivors of human trafficking experienced in police custody and Social Affairs after they had been rescued from sex establishments. It also seeks to hear what they (survivors and service providers) had to say to improve the process. You can read more about this conference’s content in the abstract below.

The conference will be held in English and entrance is free.

You can find the Foundation Year Building immediately on your right if you arrive at RUFA through the main gate, the one for cars. You will then have to walk around 100 meters, climb three steps on your right, walk 50 more meters towards the motorcycle parking so as to cross the Foundation Year building, room A3 will be on your right. You will find some signs on your way.

If you choose to get in through the motorcycle entrance, you will have to cross the motorcycle parking, room A3 will then be on you left. You will also find some signs on your way.

We look forward to receiving you on 7th January 2013 and wish you a Merry Christmas.

The HSEPP team.



Perceptions of key informants regarding post-operation interventions


This study explores a good practice model for post-operation care processes for survivors of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation following police interventions to remove them from abusive situations.  This process includes victim identification interviews, victim care, and referral services. This study employed focus group discussion and individual interviews. The sample size was 15 persons, including seven female survivors aged between 18 and 20 years old and eight stakeholders. They have experienced post-operation process in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Five survivors participated in a focus group discussion and the rest in individual interviews. The collected data was analyzed with a qualitative application ATLAS-TI 6.2. The findings reveal that the survivors in this study feel scared, embarrassed, confused, upset, angry, stressed, disappointed, and devalued due to non-victim-friendly treatment and interviews by different workers and by the environments throughout the process. This study suggests that the process may re-victimize survivors to some extent and contribute to an increased level of psychological problems of survivors and that a one-stop model will minimize these effects. This study contributes to a deeper understanding of effectiveness of the current process and of the need to make changes for the sake of survivors. A one-stop model that has a victim-friendly space, victim-friendly treatment, strong collaboration and coordination, and sufficient services should be established to effectively engage survivors to support and recovery services.

Key words: human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, post-operation process, one-stop model, victim-friendly


Sambo Klauth graduated with Master’s in Social Work and Master’s in Theological Studies in 2012 from Baylor University. In Social Work, he chose Community Practice concentration and specialized in Human Trafficking in Cambodia. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in Education, Management of Information System, and Psychology. From 2003-2009, he worked as a counselor for AFESIP, Social Service Officer for World Vision, and Child Protection Program Officer for Save the Children Norway-Cambodia Office.

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Coordinating team:
Sapho Briand with
Pascale Hancart Petitet, Emiko Stock, Léo Mariani, Gabriel Fauveaud

8th Angkor Festival at the EFEO

Monday, December 3rd, 2012


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