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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: Mr. Allan Zheng

Date: May 24, 2024 

2:30 pm 

Cambodia Time 


How does contemporary Cambodian performance portray the complexity of “being human”? Cambodian classical arts remain a crucial spiritual and embodied connection between the past and present. Building on classical styles, this webinar shows how contemporary performance continues these…

Posted on: 14-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


Over the last 25 years, CKS has been dedicated to promoting Khmer Studies, fostering scholarly exchanges, and supporting Cambodian higher education. Through our fellowship programs, CKS has nurtured numerous scholars, many of whom have gone on to make significant…

Posted on: 23-April-2024

Past Events

Speaker: Dr. Henri Locard

Date: May 2, 2024 

6:00 pm 

Cambodia Time 


The Khmer Rouge rise to power in 1975 gave birth to a terrifying order marked by killings, forced ruralization and total collectivization. Up to two million people died as a result. The memoir of Phi Phuon, Pol Pot’s…

Posted on: 23-April-2024

Past Events

Speaker: Dr. Jenna Grant

Date: April 5th, 2024 

8:30 am 

Cambodia Time 

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Like zoonotic diseases which have captured the world’s attention—including SARS diseases, such as Covid-19—drug resistant malaria is widely viewed as a threat that emerged in Asia. Jenna’s talk explores how…

Posted on: 26-March-2024

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