Call for Participants: Site and Space in Southeast Asia 2018

Call for Participants: Site and Space in Southeast Asia 2018

Deadline: January 14, 2018

The Power Institute invites applications for participation in Site and Space in Southeast Asia, a two-year funded research opportunity exploring the art, architecture, and landscape of Southeast Asia. Site and Space in Southeast Asia explores the intersections of urban space, art and culture in three cities—Yangon, Penang, and Huế—through collaborative, site-based research.

With major funding from the Getty Foundation and partners from within and beyond the region, Site and Space in Southeast Asia seeks to support innovative research in the art and architectural histories of the region, foster professional networks among early career scholars, and expand engagement with an ever more global field.


Over the course of the two-year research period commencing in June 2018, three small teams of researchers will be funded to conduct field and archival research exploring the physical and cultural histories of three project cities, with a particular interest in their artistic and built environments. Annual whole-of cohort workshops will allow comparative discussion of findings and mapping of future research directions.

During the first year, collaborative research will allow a “coming to terms” with the city as site and its intersecting art historical themes. During the second year, researchers will pursue individual projects emerging from these themes. The project will culminate in one or more collective outputs to be determined through discussions with participants and institutional partners.


  • Open to early career researchers working in related areas (including art and architectural history, landscape studies, urban studies, film studies, anthropology, etc.), and are particularly welcomed from those connected to institutions in the region; with experience in modes of spatial analysis in the humanities; and with interest in digital approaches to site-based research.
  • Although research will be conducted in all appropriate languages, participants must have strong spoken and written capacity in English.


To apply, please complete the online application via submittable, including basic biographical information and two short essays. Please also attach a current CV and a writing sample.

For questions relating to the project or the application process, please contact the project director, Dr Stephen Whiteman at [email protected].

For more information, visit Site and Space in Southeast Asia.