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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. Cindy Nguyen

Date: February 10, 2023 

8:30 am 

Cambodia Time 


What is the history of the National Library of Cambodia? What cultural and political roles did this institution have during the French colonial period and in postcolonial Cambodia? This talk shares archival research findings on the National Library…

Posted on: 23-January-2023

Events & Conferences

Speaker: Phasy Res

Date: January 27, 2023 

3:00 pm 

Cambodia Time 


Over the past three decades, Cambodia has transformed economically, socially, and culturally. A major key feature of this transformation has been the rapid expansion of formal financial institutions, which has led to over-indebtedness, land dispossession, and distress migration.…

Posted on: 26-December-2022

Events & Conferences

Speaker: Dolorès Bertrais

Date: January 11, 2023 

3:00 pm 

Cambodia Time 


The “smart” and “green” city is expected to replace polluted run-down cities. In Cambodia, these approaches are generally perceived by public and private actors as effective responses to problems exacerbated by rapid, poorly managed, and unplanned urban growth.…

Posted on: 26-December-2022

Job Opportunities

CKS seeks a qualified Cambodian national candidate for the post of Assistant Librarian at its headquarters in Siem Reap. The Assistant Librarian will report to the Head Librarian.

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

Posted on: 25-December-2022

Job Opportunities

The Center for Khmer Studies’ (CKS) is an independent and not- for- profit research center. Our mission is to support research and teaching in the social sciences, arts and humanities as they relate to Cambodia. Since its founding in…

Posted on: 22-December-2022

Past Events

Speaker: CKS and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Team

Date: December 15, 2022 

8:00 am 

Cambodia Time 

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum invite students, researchers, and faculty to a special three-part event on December 15, 2022, from 8:00 -11:00 AM at the CKS Conference Hall, Siem Reap. Please note…

Posted on: 13-December-2022

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