THUN, Theara


Research Departments・Position

Cross-regional Studies・Program-Specific Researcher



Research Interests / Keywords

Intellectual History, Manuscript Cultures, Politics of Ethnicity,
Southeast Asian History, Cambodia/Khmer Studies

Related News:

2021.3.12 “Ethnic Vietnamese and the Khmer Rouge: the genocide and race debate” (Taylor & Francis Online / 12 March 2021)
2021.3.12 “The epistemological shift from palace chronicles to scholarly Khmer historiography under French colonial rule” (Cambridge University Press / 29 July 2020)
2021.1.15 “Invasion” or “Liberation”?: Contested Commemoration in Cambodia and within ASEAN
(Cambridge University Press / 13 January 2021)

2020.12.10 Treason and Loyalty to the Royal Court: The Kan Narrative in Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Khmer Chronicle Manuscripts


Theara Thun is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University, Japan. Before joining CSEAS, he was a research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, the Netherlands. He received a PhD in History at the National University of Singapore under a joint doctoral scholarship program between the National University of Singapore and the Harvard-Yenching Institute (Cambridge, MA, USA). His research interests include the relationship between local texts and figures and the construction of collective identity and religion from the pre-colonial to post-independence periods of Cambodia and Southeast Asia.