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Center for Khmer Studies

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) promotes research, teaching and public service in the social sciences, arts and humanities in Cambodia and the Mekong region.

What we do

  • Promote research and international scholarly exchange by programs that increase understanding of Cambodia and its region
  • Strengthen Cambodia’s cultural and educational structures and integrate Cambodian scholars in regional and international exchange
  • Partner with colleges and universities in Cambodia, the US and beyond

Our Work

CKS Library & Online Resources

Provides the largest public library outside the capital, Phnom Penh, with over 20,000 monographs, books and journals, and with publicly accessible computers.​

Conferences & Events

Present local and international, interdisciplinary workshops, conferences, and lectures in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh to establish professional partnerships between Cambodian and international scholars.

Programs & Fellowships

Support the research and education of junior and senior scholars from Cambodia and overseas.​

Publishing & Translation Program

Publishes original scholarly manuscripts and translates foundational social science and historical texts into the Khmer language.​

Latest Updates

Events & Conferences

Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Yin

Date: June 26, 2024 

8:30 am 

Cambodia Time 


There is a “non-honorific” register of speech in Khmer that, on one hand, is the language of intimacy, but on the other is viewed as unpleasant sounding, disrespectful, and immoral​. Although this register has positive valuations among close…

Posted on: 20-June-2024

Job Opportunities

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), is an American Overseas Research Center in Cambodia, based in Siem Reap, with a branch office in Phnom Penh. CKS promotes research and scholarly exchange in the social sciences, arts, and humanities between…

Posted on: 1-June-2024

Job Opportunities

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) is based in Siem Reap, with a branch office in Phnom Penh. CKS promotes research and scholarly exchange between American, international, and Cambodian scholars in the social sciences, arts, and humanities.

CKS is seeking a skilled…

Posted on: 31-May-2024

Past Events

Speaker: Mrs. Norng Many

Date: May 10, 2024 

2:30 pm 

Cambodia Time 

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នៅស្រុកខ្មែរ គំនិតបង្កើតវចនានុក្រម បានផ្តួចផ្តើមឡើងដោយអាណាព្យាបាលបារាំងនៅឆ្នាំ ១៩១៥ ។ ក្នុងឆ្នាំដដែល ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ បានចេញព្រះរាជក្រឹត្យលេខ ៦៧ ចុះថ្ងៃទី៤ ខែកញ្ញា ដើម្បីទទួលស្គាល់ជាផ្លូវការចំពោះកិច្ចការនេះ ។ ក្រោយមកបន្ទាប់ពីបានបោះពុម្ពតាំងពីគ្រាទី១ រហូតដល់ទី៥ វចនានុក្រមបានក្លាយជាឧបករណ៍ដ៏ចាំបាច់សម្រាប់ទាមទារអធិបតេយ្យភាពជាតិ និងជាតំណាងឲ្យអត្តសញ្ញាណរបស់រដ្ឋវ័យក្មេងដែលទើបតែទទួលបានឯករាជ្យ (១៩៥៣) ។ ក្រុមបញ្ញវន្ត​សម័យថ្មី​ចាត់​ទុក​វចនានុក្រម​នេះ​ជា​មូលដ្ឋាន​សម្រាប់​​បង្កើតមនោគមវិជ្ជា​ជាតិ និងបានទទួលស្គាល់សៀវភៅមួយនេះ ថាជាតំណាងឲ្យភាសា និងជាក្បួនសម្រាប់ការសរសេរ ។ ការ​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​នេះ​មានគោលបំណងស្រាយ​បំភ្លឺនិងស្វែង​យល់អំ​ពី​តួនាទី​នៃ​វចនានុក្រម​ដែលលើកឡើងខាងលើ អំពីហេតុផលដែលគេចាត់ទុកថាជាមូលដ្ឋានសម្រាប់​​លើក​កម្ពស់​មនោគមវិជ្ជា​ជាតិ ៖ « រដ្ឋ​មួយ ប្រជាជាតិ​មួយ ភាសា​មួយ » (ខ្មែរ)…

Posted on: 2-May-2024

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