DTP staff from DHC and TRC divisions joined a workshop on "Open Access Cultural Digital Data Management" held by the Digital Humanities Research Group at KhonKaen University. Morning workshop was conducted by Assist. Prof. WirapongChansanam on "Linked Open Data & Semantic Search". In the afternoon, a special lecture by Assoc.Prof. WanidaKanarkard lectured on the topic "Cultural Heritage Tools". And the final program was the development of research proposals in the management of digital information in cultural heritage by Prof.GobindaChowdhury and Assoc.Prof. KulthidaTuamsuk.
The Seminar on Lanna Palm-leaf Manuscripts held at DCI Center for Buddhist Studies on June 15, 2019. The morning session included presentations on 3 topics: Palm-leaf Manuscripts in Lanna, the Study of Colophon Data Inscribed on Manuscripts Found in Muang District, Chiang Mai Province, and The Methodology of ThamManuscript Selection for the Creation of Critical Edition. The afternoon session was a discussion on ‘The Trace of Extant Manuscripts in Lanna’ by renowned ancient script experts including Ven. AmmarinSantidhammo, Asst. Prof. Dr.VirojInthanon, Dr. Phisit Kotsupho, and Mr. BoonlertSenanon. Moderators of discussion panel wereDr. SuchadaSrisetthaworakul and Mr. Watana Phungchuen.
On August 16, 2019 the representatives of DHC & MPC attended “The Conference on the Transmission of Pali Canon in the 21st Century” at International Tipitaka Hall, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University. After the conference, the participants had a chance to visit the International Tipitaka Hall located on the 2nd floor of the Maha Chulalongkorn Building. This place is meant to serve as the source of all the Buddhist Teachings and to contribute to the teaching and studying ofTheravada Buddhism.
During 16-17 August 2019, CPAM staff attended "Ubon Bai Lan Forum No. 1"organized by Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Rajathanee University and Mani Wanaram Museum at Wat Pa Noi, Muang District, Ubon Rajathanee Province . This forum aimed to revive learning from palm-leaf manuscripts. Phra Thep Worachan the president of opening ceremony addressed that we should study palm-leaf manuscripts rather than keep them in the cabinets because manuscripts are significant source of ‘evidence’, ‘idea’, and ‘Damma’ (teachings).
During 27-28 September 2019, Manuscript Preservation and Studies Center (MPSC) organized the 1# board meeting. Experts in ancient scripts from many organizations and universities including National Library of Thailand, Manuscript Conservation Association, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Chiang Mai Campus came to discuss on collaborating direction in some areas such as manuscript survey, database creation, and knowledge distribution.
Tipiṭaka Research Center (TRC) organized “The 2nd Seminar on Pāli Texts and Manuscripts on 9th November, 2019 at DCI (Bang Ban), Ayutthaya. In the seminar, 10 scholars presented their work focusing on variant readings found in the Majjhimanikāya. Prof. DR. G. A. Somaratne, Hong Kong University, and Dr. Yukio Yamanaka gave comments and suggestions that scholars would be used to improve their work.
During 11-12 November 2019, representatives of DTP attended the 15th International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (IC-HUSO 2019) hosted by Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Khon Kaen Univeristy. In this conference, the keynote speaker, Prof. Dr. Manfred Hutter, University of Bonn, Germany presented the topic of “Religion and Development on Plurality Society” explaining how and why do we study other religions in the age of globalization.