Sorry, this event’s been and gone


Fri Nov 29 2013, 7:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Museum, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Stamford Raffles contributed much to the study of ancient Southeast Asia. This talk focuses on his role in fostering the study of the past before archaeology existed. It will touch on his History of Java and the document known as Raffles MS 18, the oldest known version of the Sejarah Melayu, and one of the most important items that Raffles acquired in the course of his avid collecting of samples of natural and cultural items from Southeast Asia. The talk will also provide some details on what we have learned about the British in Sumatra from excavations in Bengkulu in the 1980s. Raffles was based there at the time he established the first British presence here.

John N. Miksic is associate professor in the Southeast Asian Studies Department at the National University of Singapore, and head of the Archaeology Unit at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. His PhD from Cornell University was based on fieldwork in Sumatra. He has conducted fieldwork in Java, Sumatra, Singapore, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

Professor Miksic worked as a Rural Development Advisor in Bengkulu, Sumatra, from 1979 to 1981, served on the board of the Center for Khmer Studies since 2000, and is an academic adviser to SEAMEO-SPAFA, Bangkok. He was awarded the Pingat Bakti Setia from Singapore, and the title of Kanjeng Raden Haryo Temenggung by the Susuhunan of Surakarta (Indonesia).