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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.

Urban Research and Innovation

Strengthen teaching and local research capacities in Urban Research.

Fellowships Programs

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. Stephanie Khoury

Date: 12-November-2021 

9:00 am 

Cambodia Time 


In the wake of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, performing arts became a symbol of the country’s cultural resilience to genocide. While less attention has been paid to rural art practices, these have played a crucial role…

Posted on: 21-October-2021

Job Opportunities

The mission of the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) is to support 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…

Posted on: 20-October-2021

Events & Conferences

Speaker: Dr. Jenna Grant

Date: 05-November-2021 

9:00 am 

Cambodia Time 

Workshop Description

What makes for a strong research proposal? This short workshop for Cambodian scholars will cover key points about applying for research grants and fellowships at CKS and elsewhere. Dr. Grant will discuss the general components of applications:…

Posted on: 20-October-2021

News & Opportunities

The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship (GDF) provides funding for up to 24 months for Master’s or Doctoral degree study for graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the U.S. to participate in the educational, residential, and leadership development…

Posted on: 22-September-2021

Past Events

Speaker: Bunsim San

Date: 30-September-2021 

8:00 am 

Cambodia Time 

This webinar was recorded on September 30, 2021 Abstract

Bunsim San will be joining CKS President Eve Zucker to  the Mapping Memories Cambodia Project—a Khmer Rouge place-based storytelling website and mobile application  that identifies places of significance related…

Posted on: 12-September-2021

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