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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 & ConferencesNews & Opportunities

Speaker: Sovannrath Var

Date: September 21, 2023 

6:00 pm 

Cambodia Time 


Mahabharata is the longest epic in India that was compiled by Vyasa Hermit and was written down by Ganesha. Mahabharata existed in Cambodia since pre-Angkor era and became more 41and more well-known during Angkor era. We can see…

Posted on: 5-September-2023

Job Opportunities

About CKS

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

Posted on: 4-September-2023

Job Opportunities

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) supports research and teaching in the social sciences, arts, and humanities as they relate to Cambodia. Founded in 1999, CKS aims to foster understanding of Cambodia and the Mekong region through its international…

Posted on: 3-September-2023

Past Events

Speaker: Martine Guyot-Bende

Date: September 13th, 2023 

8:30 am 

Cambodia Time 


Drawing from empirical observations, this study is centered on the present-day art house cinema landscape in Phnom Penh. While Cambodia’s cinematic Golden Age, spanning from Independence to 1975, has been extensively studied, scholarship on current cinema is almost…

Posted on: 24-August-2023

Past Events

Speaker: Mr. Woramat Malasart

Date: August 23, 2023 

6:00 pm 

Cambodia Time 


The Dhammakāya Gāthā is a Pāli-Buddhist, prose text that has been circulated within the cross-cultural/translocal sphere of Thai-Khmer Buddhism for over five centuries. Its earliest extant version appears on the “Braḥ Dhammakāya inscription,” an engraved stone slab from the stūpa of Wat Suea, Phitsanulok, Thailand, dated…

Posted on: 9-August-2023

Past Events

Speaker: CKS Junior Fellows 2023

Date: August 10-11, 2023 

To Be Announced

Cambodia Time 

Day 1: August 10, 2023 from 13:30-16:30 PM


1:40 pm – 2:00 pm Understanding Tantric Buddhism in Cambodia through Hevajra and Vajrasattva Images by Camille Desruelle

Abstract: Since it first appeared in Cambodia, Tantric Buddhism has left few…

Posted on: 1-August-2023

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