A symposium with Robert L. Brown, Caverlee Cary, and Nhung Tuyet Tran
In 2004 art historian Roxanna Brown completed a dissertation at UCLA entitled "The Ming Gap and Shipwreck Ceramics in Southeast Asia," accelerating a long career as an expert on Southeast Asian ceramics and the history of maritime trade in Asia. Because her untimely death in May 2008 cut short her potential contribution to this important field, several of her colleagues will join to pay tribute to her work and to reflect on the challenges ahead for the field.
Robert L. Brown graduated from UCLA with a Ph.D. in Indian art history in 1981. Immediately after graduation he worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, being promoted to Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art in 1984. In 1986 he began teaching at UCLA where he is presently Professor of art history. In 2001 he was reappointed as Curator in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Art at LACMA, a position he holds with his UCLA professorship.
His research extends over broad geographical areas and chronological periods. Four recent publications include three edited books, Art from Thailand (Marg 1999), Roots of Tantra (SUNY 2002), the Encyclopedia of India, 4 volumes (senior editor Stanley Wolpert, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005), and with Natasha Eilenberg a translated book, Studies on the Art of Ancient Cambodia (Reyum 2008). At UCLA he has trained over twenty Ph.D. graduate students who now hold positions in major museums and universities throughout the U.S.
Caverlee Cary holds a doctorate in Southeast Asian Art from Cornell University, with a minor in Japanese art, and has taught in both fields in the Bay Area. She has worked in staff positions at the University of California, Berkeley in International and Area Studies, the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, and Geographic Information Science (GIS) Center. She is currently the Program Coordinator of the Institute of East Asian Studies.
Nhung Tuyet Tran is Canada Research Chair in Southeast Asian History at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in history from UCLA in 2004, filing her dissertation on the same day as Roxanna Brown. Her intellectual interests lie at the intersection of gender, law, and religious practice in Vietnamese society. She is completing a social history of gender, entitled Vietnamese Women at the Crossroads of Southeast Asia: Gender, State & Society in the Early Modern Period. She has published in the Journal of Asian Studies and is the co-editor of Viet Nam: Borderless Histories (2006), a collection of revisionist essays on Vietnamese histories.
Cost: Free and open to the public.