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RA-264490-19
Long Term Research Fellowships at the American Overseas Research Centers
Katie Jost, Council of American Overseas Research Centers

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Lankapura: The Legacy of the Ramayana in Sri Lanka (Article)
Title: Lankapura: The Legacy of the Ramayana in Sri Lanka
Author: Sree Padma
Author: Justin Henry
Abstract: The five articles which make up this special issue of South Asia explore the role of the Ramayana in Sri Lankan art, literature, religious ritual and political discourse in shaping Sinhala Buddhist and Tamil Saiva perceptions of the island’s distant past. Contributors work to answer the question as to when and how Sri Lanka came to be equated with the mythic ‘Lankapura’ of Valmiki’s epic, exploring both positive and negative portrayals of Ravana (ruler of Lanka antagonist of the Ramayana) in Sinhala and Tamil literature from the late medieval period to the present day. Authors work to account for the politicisation and historicisation of the Ramayana in twenty-first century Sri Lanka (including similarities to and differences from the contemporary Indian situation), along with the appropriation of Ravana as a Sinhala Buddhist cultural hero, and the incorporation of Vibhishana as a ‘guardian deity’ in the Sinhala Buddhist pantheon.
Year: 2019
Primary URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00856401.2019.1626127
Primary URL Description: Link to the full article through the Taylor Francis online website
Access Model: Open access
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies
Publisher: South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SASAA) [Taylor Francis Online]

Searching for Mexico's Past (Blog Post)
Title: Searching for Mexico's Past
Author: Allyson M. Poska
Abstract: In this essay, Allyson M. Poska, a 2017-18 CAORC NEH Senior Research Fellow, discusses the parallels between an 18th-century smallpox outbreak in Mexico and present-day resistance to the measles vaccine in New York City.
Date: 09/26/2019
Primary URL: http://www.caorc.org/post/searching-for-mexicos-past
Primary URL Description: CAORC website blog series
Blog Title: Searching for Mexico's Past
Website: CAORC website

Singing A Great Dream: The Revolutionary Songs and Life of Khusiram Pakhrin (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording) [show prizes]
Title: Singing A Great Dream: The Revolutionary Songs and Life of Khusiram Pakhrin
Writer: Bhakta Syangtan
Writer: Anna Stirr
Director: Bhakta Syangtan
Director: Anna Stirr
Producer: Anna Stirr
Producer: Bhakta Syangtan
Abstract: This film is about people’s singer, songwriter, and Maoist cultural leader Khusiram Pakhrin’s musical journey through nearly 4 decades of political movements and revolution in Nepal. This is the first film about Nepal’s revolutionary singer-songwriter Khusiram Pakhrin, and so far the only film that focuses on the songs of Nepal’s Maoist movement. From the 1980s through 2006, their live performances were often banned and rarely photographed or recorded; hence we rely on Khusiram Pakhrin and his fellow performers for oral history and rare photos and footage of underground performances.
Year: 2019
Primary URL: http://singingagreatdream.com
Primary URL Description: The film's website
Access Model: Open access
Format: Film
Format: Web

Prey Lang: Traditions, Development, and Climate Change in the Context of Collaborative Management (Report)
Title: Prey Lang: Traditions, Development, and Climate Change in the Context of Collaborative Management
Author: S. Sien
Author: Courtney Work
Abstract: Forest degradation contributes to ecological and climate instability, foreclosing all possibilities for mitigation. At the same time, forest resources such as timber, metal, and land for agricultural production are vital for economic development. In Cambodia, economic development stalled while the country and region suffered war for over thirty years from the late 1960s through the late 1990s. Instituting democracy in Cambodia restarted the wheels of economic development as sanctions lifted, making space for national and international investments to exploit Cambodia's resources(World Bank 1993; World Bank 1992; World Bank, UNDP, and FAO 1996). Since that time, the impact on resources in Cambodia has been profound and forest loss is among the most visible. In Cambodia's Ministry of Environment(MoE) captured nearly one million hectares of viable forest land in an effort to slow forest loss and improve forest governance. The Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary (PLWS) is the largest of these and involved a jurisdictional shift of forest management authority from Cambodia's Forest Administration.
Date: 04/25/18
Primary URL: https://www.academia.edu/37282747/REPORT-Prey_Lang_Comanagement-_ENG.pdf
Primary URL Description: The report is available on academia.edu The report was originally prepared for the Ministry of the Environment, Kingdom of Cambodia.
Access Model: Open access

Indigenous Education in Cambodia (Article)
Title: Indigenous Education in Cambodia
Author: Courtney Work
Abstract: Introduction Cambodia's forests were key players in the process of state formation during the post-socialist, UN-sponsored 'transition' to democracy and a market economy. With un-self-conscious certainty, World Bank, FAO, and UN advisors declared forest exploitation to be Cambodia's best option to support their fledgling democracy. They promoted Forest Concessions, in which vast tracts of forest were leased to international timber companies, as a first step toward transition. This move legitimized existing exploitation chains through which political factions financed their earlier war efforts, and secured newly democratized power to the exclusionary practices of market capitalism. By 1996, the rapacious effects of this policy were already visible, and international brokers attempted to institute some guidelines, and regulations, taking stock of forest resources. The effects of these state-making forest policies on indigenous communities was dramatic.
Year: 2019
Primary URL: http://www.academia.edu/43310934/Forest_Education_in_Cambodia
Primary URL Description: The article in available on academia.edu
Access Model: Open access
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Aboriginal Education World
Publisher: Aboriginal Education World


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