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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.

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. Alison Kyra Carter

Date: May 3, 2023 

9:00 am 

Cambodia Time 


Most archaeological research on the Angkor civilization has focused on the capital, located in Siem Reap province and home to famous temples like Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. However, the Angkor Empire controlled a large part of mainland…

Posted on: 31-March-2023

Job Opportunities

The Khmer Language and Culture Program (KLCP) provides an opportunity for US and non-US faculty, post-graduate researchers, and undergraduates to participate in an intensive eight-week study abroad program, from June 12 to August 05, 2023, in Phnom Penh and…

Posted on: 13-March-2023

Events & ConferencesPast Events

Speaker: Dr. Ashley Thuthao Keng Dam

Date: March 9, 2023 

8:00 pm 

Cambodia Time 

Download the Presentation Abstract:

Drawing from qualitative insights gathered during anthropological in-person data collection during February 2020 to late March 2020, this talk explores the different relationalities and rationalities expressed by groups living in Siem Reap…

Posted on: 22-February-2023

Past Events

Speaker: Michele Ford, Soksamphoas Im, Try Thuon, and Vichhra Mouyly

Date: February 28th, 2023 

2:00 pm 

Cambodia Time 

Download the Presentation Overview

The literature review is an essential component of high-quality academic and policy research papers. It  summarizes and synthesizes the arguments and ideas of existing knowledge on a particular subject, helps to identify…

Posted on: 16-February-2023

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