13 to 17 December 2021

SPAFACON2021

The SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology and Fine Arts

#spafacon2021

In conjunction with our 50th anniversary of promoting archaeology and fine arts in the region, the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts is pleased to announce the fourth iteration of our international conference. In light of the current travel situation, this year's SPAFACON is online; but we are also opening the scope of the conference to include the entire scope of SEAMEO SPAFA: Archaeology, the Fine Arts, Museums and Cultural Heritage.

Our conference will take place online over five days, from December 13-17, 2021. The conference will be broadcast live on Zoom and Facebook.

Call for Papers - Closed

The call for papers is now closed. Notifications of accepted papers will be sent in July.


We invite papers related to the ambit of SEAMEO SPAFA - Archaeology, Fine Arts and Cultural Heritage - especially in the following themes:

  • Historical Overviews and Reflections about the development of archaeology, fine arts, museums and cultural heritage in Southeast Asia

  • New discoveries in Southeast Asian Archaeology, including the archaeology of individual countries inside the region

  • Traditional and contemporary art activities, exhibitions, museums and galleries movement and dealing with challenges in the light of Covid-19

  • Creation and innovation in cultural heritage management in Southeast Asia

  • Innovations in the Fine Arts that contribute to the creative industries and beyond

  • Resilience in protecting and promoting traditional knowledge

  • Community engagement in archaeology, anthropology and cultural heritage

  • Ethical issues related to the fields of archaeology, fine arts, museums or cultural heritage in Southeast Asia

Please send your paper proposals consisting of a title and abstract of not more than 300 words to conference@seameo-spafa.org

The deadline for submission is 30 June 2021. Contributors of accepted proposals will be expected to submit an expanded paper of not more than 3,000 words before September 2021 for publication