Ashley Thompson

Ashley THOMPSON (United Kingdom) is Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art at SOAS University of London, where she leads the Research and Publications division of the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme. She is a specialist of Cambodian cultural history, with a focus on classical and pre-modern arts and literatures, in the larger South and Southeast Asian context, with a view to theorising politico-cultural formations. Formative experiences include working under Vann Molyvann for the creation of a Cambodian national management structure for Angkor, and with the Théâtre du Soleil and Phare Ponleu Selpak on the direction of a Cambodian production of Cixous’ Terrible but Unfinished Story of Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia. Recent publications include Hiding the female sex: a sustained cultural dialogue between India and Southeast Asia and Emergenc(i)es: History and the Auto-Ethnographic Impulse in Contemporary Cambodian Art (both 2017).