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Part of the cover of a book by Kerry Nguyễn-Long.


Three authors present their latest publications.

This event will include the AGM, presentations by the authors of 3 books related to Asian Art, and a second-hand book sale. Please bring book donations to TAASA and cash for any purchases.

Marnie Feneley
RECONSTRUCTING GOD, Style, Hydraulics, Political Power and Angkor’s West Mebon Viִsִnu, 2023, NUS Press, Singapore.
Framed with a useful update on the latest archaeological and historical insights into the history of the Angkor World Heritage Site, the new understanding of the West Mebon Visnu sculpture presented in this book reorients our understanding of religious and political change in Angkor in the 12th century.

Marnie Feneley specialises in Southeast Asian Archaeology, Art History and Religion, and is Honorary Lecturer of Asian Studies at the University of NSW and President of the Association of Mainland Southeast Asia Scholars. Marnie uses digital visualisation technologies for the preservation and interpretation of important cultural heritage sites, and sculpture. She is a pioneer in the use of 3D immersive reconstructions of Southeast Asian temples and sculpture.


Kerry Nguyễn-Long
VIETNAM VISUAL ARTS, in History, Religion and Culture, 2023, The Gioi Publishers, Hanoi, Vietnam
This new book by Kerry Nguyen Long significantly revises, updates and expands on the theme introduced in Arts of Việt Nam 1009 – 1945 published in 2013 to present new developments and archaeological finds. It explains Vietnam’s distinctive iconography and inclusive belief systems and how they manifest in the visual arts, its syncretic and pantheistic culture and its place within the larger vibrant visual culture.

Art historian Kerry Nguyễn-Long has lived and worked in Asia since the 1970’s. A passionate advocate of Vietnam’s visual arts, since the introduction of the policy of đổi mới she has made frequent visits to, as well as long sojourns in, Vietnam to further her research. Her writings on Vietnam have appeared in books, arts magazines, and museum journals. She is an author, co-author, and a contributor to books. She is currently a contributing editor of the Hong Kong-based international magazine Arts of Asia.


Natali Pearson
BELITUNG: The Afterlives of a Shipwreck, 2022, The University of Hawai’I Press
In 1998, the Belitung, a ninth-century western Indian Ocean–style vessel, was discovered in Indonesian waters. Onboard was a full cargo load, likely intended for the Middle Eastern market, of over 60,000 Chinese Tang-dynasty ceramics, gold, and other precious objects. It is one of the most significant shipwreck discoveries of recent times, revealing the global scale of ancient commercial endeavours and the centrality of the ocean within the Silk Road story. But this shipwreck also has a modern tale to tell, of how nation-states appropriate the remnants of the past for their own purposes, and of the international debates about who owns—and is responsible for—shared heritage.

Natali Pearson is Curriculum Coordinator at the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, the University of Sydney, where she is affiliated with the School of Humanities. Her research focuses on underwater cultural heritage in Southeast Asia. She holds a PhD in Museum and Heritage Studies (2019, USYD), a Masters of Museum Studies (2013, USYD), a Masters of Arts in Strategy and Policy (2006, UNSW Canberra) and a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) with First Class Honours in Indonesian and History (2002, UNSW Sydney).

HOW TO BOOK: Please email Chris Manning at bookings@taasa.org.au by 29 May. Please make your booking and payment in advance


1. By Direct Debit (“your name BOOKS” as reference)
BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

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31 May, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
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