UMAC 2012: Announcement of Keynote Speaker and New Updates


We are pleased to announce that Prof. Apinan Poshyananda, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture, will be giving the keynote address at the 12th Annual UMAC Conference in Singapore.

A renowned curator and writer in Asia, Prof. Apinan Poshyananda is the author of books on art in Thailand, most notably, Modern Art in Thailand (Oxford University Press, 1992), and Contemporary Art in Asia: Traditions/Tensions (The Asia Society, 1996). He has curated exhibitions on contemporary art in Asia, Australia, Europe, and USA. He received an MFA degree from Edinburgh University and a PhD in art history from Cornell University. Prof. Apinan Poshyananda became Director General of Departments of Cultural Promotion and Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture, as well as Acting Director, Office of Knowledge Management Development, Prime Minister's Office. Before joining the Ministry of Culture, he was chief curator of The Art Centre, Chulalongkorn University.

For his contribution to international art, he was conferred knight by the governments of Sweden, Italy, and France. In 2001, he was awarded the Outstanding National Research Award by the National Research Council of Thailand. In 2012, he is guest curator of the exhibition Thai Transience at Singapore Art Museum.


The call for papers has been extended to 15 May 2012.

For the online submission of abstracts and conference registration details, please visit our conference website:

Details on conference fees, conference tours, and the farewell dinner can also be found on the website.
For enquiries, e-mail:


Conference programmes take place on 11 and 12 October 2012. Programmes include paper and poster
presentations, and in-conference tours.

Specialised post conference tours on heritage, archaeology, and architecture are also offered.
These tours require registration, and will take place from 13 October 2012 onwards.

Please note that the cost for post conference tours is separate from conference fees.


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