June 8, 2007

Sac State art professor organizes Bangkok trip

An international conference exploring Buddhist art, artifacts and concepts is being organized in Bangkok, Thailand by Sacramento State art professor Pattaratorn Chirapravati.

She, along with Justin McDaniel of UC Riverside and the Geographic Information Science Center at UC Berkeley, will guide attendees through “The Map and the World: Representing Realms of Buddhist Thought,” Friday, June 22-23 at the Bangkok National Museum.

The conference will feature scholars working throughout the Asian and Southeast Asian region and include topics such as Japanese cartography, cosmic diagrams, temple murals and sacred landscapes.

With the recent interest in spatial data, spurred by such developments as Google Earth, the ways in which space and time are defined and understood also may be re-examined from the Buddhist tradition.

The conference is the first event for the newly remodeled auditorium of the Bangkok National Museum, which now has a state-of-the art venue for lectures and presentations using digital technology.

Admission to the conference is free. To register or for more information, visit www.gisc.berkeley.edu/bud_map.

For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs Office at (916) 278-6156.