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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

News & Opportunities

The Center for Khmer Studies is pleased to announce that the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS) of the University of Chicago has joined our international consortium of institutions which collaborate with CKS’…

Posted on: 18-May-2022

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: 10-May-2022

Events & Conferences

Speaker: Dr. Theresa de Langis, and Ms. Sotheary Yim

Date: May, 20, 2022 

7:30 pm 

Cambodia Time 


The crime of the “regulation of marriage,” prosecuted and ultimately convicted in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in November 2018, is a case study in the dynamism of international criminal law as deeply embedded…

Posted on: 10-May-2022

Past Events

Speaker: Film Producers

Date: May 12, 2022 

6:00 pm 

Cambodia Time 

Bophana Center and the Center for Khmer Studies invite you to our Mobile Screening under the “Elephant Conservation and Indigenous Experiences in Cambodia” project. Three documentary films will be screened followed by a discussion with film producers.

*Free admission…

Posted on: 10-May-2022

Events & Conferences

Speaker: Dr. Meriem M’zoughi

Date: May 27, 2022 

9:00 am 

Cambodia Time 


Dr. Meriem M’zoughi’s research focuses on the ways in which the population of Northeastern Cambodia understands the body and life and how it perceives pathogenic agents and infections. For this webinar, Dr. M’zoughi will dig deeper into the…

Posted on: 9-May-2022

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