Archive for January, 2013

The Mincers play Equinox, Friday 25: 9pm

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Tasmanian band ‘The Mincers‘ are playing Equinox at 9:00 PM this Friday, as a part of their Southeast Asian tour.
Special guest ‘Tango & Snatch’.
Live Webcast:


















Mekong ICT Camp 2013

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Courtesy Tharum / Barcamp Phnom Penh List


A Workshop for Information, Communication, and Technology Capacity Development for Independent Media, Community Health Workers, and Civil Society Organizations in Mekong Sub-region

UPDATE: Participants are welcome from EVERY countries and territories. About 60 participants will be selected from Mekong sub-region, another additional 5-10 will be selected from outside.

FULL sponsorships are available for people from Mekong sub-region (areas in Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam). This also
includes people who are originally from elsewhere but currently working in projects that related to developments of Mekong.

Small numbers of PARTIAL sponsorships (camp fee and accommodation, but not travel cost) are available for people from outside Mekong.

Application deadline is February 28, 2013.

Inquiry about applications should be directed to Arthit Suriyawongkul
– Arthit (at) and C.C to Traon Pongsopon – Tae (at)

IMPORTANT: A computer is required in many hand-ons sessions. Participants are advised to bring their personal laptop computers with them. The camp will not provide any computer to participants. If you have camera, vdo recorder, voice recorder, wifi router, wifi card, or anything, bring them on if you like to do some fun with them.

Mekong ICT Camp 2013

The bi-annual workshop-camp designed for the individuals and groups who are committed to ICT4D (information, communication and technology
for development). Herein we start to accept the application for its 2013 camp, the third of its kind after 2008 and 2010.

The 2013 camp is, following the preceding camps, a five-day activity offering three tracks and each comprises lectures, hand-on technological workshops, case studies, program initiation and collaboration under the principle of participation, spontaneity, innovation and collaboration. The three tracks of training are: Disaster Management, Digital Democracy and ICT for Social Development. Each applicant is required to choose one track of the three that best fits your line of work, expertise and experience.  Please read course/track description carefully before applying. Should you need clarification, please contact us.

Activity Name:         Mekong ICT Camp 2013
Date:                             May 6-10, 2013
Place/Country:        The Sirindhorn Environmental Park
Cha-am, Phetchaburi, Thailand (official English website)
Co-Organized by:    Thai Fund Foundation, Open Dream, Thai Netizen Network and
Frontier Foundation

Read the Introduction of Mekong ICT Camp 2013

Other useful references: 2012 Report Testimony, 2010 Camp Report and
2008/2010 Camper Profile.

For the ease of processing, we only accept Online Application

Participants, once selected, will be entitled to subsidy and/or reimbursement for a round-trip ticket from your residence, visa application, food and accommodation. All documents and materials for courses will be provided.

Application form and information on Thailand’s Visas and Travel Documents can be founded at Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.


Asian monsoon variability from tree ring proxy records – recent progress and other applications

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Mardi 15 janvier 2013 / 15th January 2013
Vous êtes cordialement invités à la présentation informelle :
You are cordially invited to attend the informal presentation:

“Asian monsoon variability from tree ring proxy records – recent progress and other applications.” Brendan M. Buckley, PhD

Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

The first decade of the 21st century has seen significant development in the production of paleo proxies for the Asian monsoon, exemplified by the Monsoon Asian Drought Atlas that was comprised of more than 300 tree ring chronologies. Noteworthy among them is the Vietnamese cypress tree-ring record which reveals that the two worst droughts of the past 7 centuries, each more than a decade in length, coincided with the demise of the Khmer civilization at Angkor in the early 15th century CE. The 18th century was nearly as tumultuous a period across Southeast Asia, where several polities fell against a backdrop of epic decadal-scale droughts. At this time all of the region’s charter states saw rapid realignment in the face of drought, famine and a raft of related and unrelated social issues. Several other droughts, some more extreme but of lesser duration, punctuate the past millennium, but appear to have had little societal impact. We have recently added the first pan-Asian reconstruction of temperature from an updated tree ring network but only for the temperate zone, and stable isotope time series from Vietnam and Cambodia. This increasingly nuanced paleo perspective can assist our analyses of the role of climate extremes in the collapse or disruption of regional societies, a subject of increasing concern given the uncertainties surrounding projections for future climate across the highly populated areas of Asia. Other applications of tree ring methodologies to subjects as diverse as archaeology and food security in Cambodia and elsewhere are also explored.

18 h 00, Mardi 15 janvier au centre de l’EFEO.
January 15th 2013, at 6 pm at the EFEO.

La présentation sera donnée en anglais
Presentation will be in english
École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) Siem Reap

P.O. Box 93 300, Siem Reap – Angkor
Phum Beng Don Pa, Khum Slâ Kram, Siem Reap, Cambodge
Tél : (885) (92) 993 502 / (63) 964 630 / Tél/Fax : (855) (63) 964 226
Email: /

HSEPP – Human Sciences Encounters in Phnom Penh –
French web site:
English web site:
Networks :

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

Center For Khmer Studies: January Lecture: Challenging Assumptions about Rean Kua (Private Tutoring) in Cambodia

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Dear Friends,

Having had to postpone his talk in December, CKS now welcomes William Brehm to our Public Lecture Series next week. 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: Tuesday 15/1/2013
Time: 5.30 – 6.30 PM

CKS Conference Hall
Wat Damnak
Siem Reap
Please Confirm attendance by 14/1/2013
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


Living Arts City Workshop with Parsons The New School | January 14, 5-7pm

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Dear Friends,

Please join us if you are free tomorrow 14th January in evening from 5-7pm for a peek into a week-long workshop with Parsons The New School’s professors and students who are investigating urban change in Phnom Penh through a multidisciplinary project Living Arts City. This event marks the beginning of the five-day student workshop. The student show Urban Interventions will be up for viewing, which will also be presented in the workshop.

Please see below for tomorrow’s agenda. Hope to see you tomorrow!

Living Arts City, Workshop Introduction

Welcome: Erin Gleeson
Intro to Workshop: Victoria Marhall, Brian McGrath
Urban Interventions Show: Adam Brent
Quartier des Spectacles: From Vision to Reality: Johnathan Lapalme
Artist led urban practices in Toronto: Joshua Brant
Theory of Urban Form: Marco Rangel

You are welcome to extend this invitation within the arts and architecture community!