The NSC Field School

Mount Penanggunan, East, Java, Indonesia (Credit: Hadi Sidomulyo)

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The NSC Field School (organised by the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute) began in 2012 with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Singapore). The Field School aims to increase knowledge of the meaningful interactions between Asian countries, with particular attention to intra-Asian engagement in the last two millennia, and create a community of East Asia Summit (EAS) scholars. The Field School intentions will enhance practical skills; expand professional networks; and strengthen partnerships during the process of experiential learning.

Between 2012 and 2017 NSC Field Schools were conducted in Cambodia and Singapore, and in 2018 the Field School is planned for July-August in East Java, Indonesia, and Singapore. Institutions within the EAS that have collaborated in this project in Cambodia include the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA), the Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap (APSARA Authority), the National Authority for Preah Vihear (NAPV), the Royal Academy of Cambodia, Sydney University, and the Australian National University.

The 18 East Asia Summit countries are: Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam.



(15 March 2018)

2018 NSC Field School: Announcement and Call for Applicants

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 NSC Field School will take place in Indonesia and Singapore between 22 Jul – 11 Aug 2018.  Applications are now open.  Please see the following documents for further information:

2018 NSC Field School Announcement E-flyer (.pdf, 3.48mb)
2018 NSC Field School Application Form (.doc, 242kb) (Deadline: 8 April 2018 (+8 GMT))
2018 NSC Field School Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf, 375kb)

The 2018 Session
The Field School will include numerous site visits and lectures in East Java.  It will focus on the ancient polity of Majapahit (ca 13th-15th centuries CE). Participants will conduct intensive archaeological and art historical research as well as heritage management at Mount Penanggunan, Trawas, Mojokerto, East Java.

Penanggungan is regarded as one of the most sacred mountains in Java, identified with the summit of Mt Mahāmeru during the Hindu-Buddhist period. Well over 100 archaeological sites, comprising terraced sanctuaries, cave hermitages, bathing places and the remnants of religious communities, have been discovered on its slopes. These historical remains represent the ‘classical age’ of East Javanese art, spanning the 10th to 16th century. The majority of these structures were apparently constructed during the Majapahit period (ca. 1360–1511), thereby contributing to a broader understanding of the cultural dynamics of the so-called ‘age of transition’ in Javanese history.

The Field School maintains a unique full-spectrum approach designed to introduce participants to research design, methodology, field skills, excavation, analysis, and presentation.

The 2018 Field School is a collaboration between the Nalanda–Sriwijaya Centre (NSC), ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS), Singapore; and Pusat Penelitian Arkeologi Nasional (ARKENAS; National Centre for Archaeological Research), Indonesia. It will be hosted at the Ubaya Penanggungan Center, Trawas East Java.

Hélène Njoto (ISEAS) and Bambang Budi Utomo (ARKENAS) will lead the Field School.