Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Goh Geok Yian

Associate Chair (Research), School of Humanities

School of Humanities
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)65138163/69042072
Office: HSS-05-09(HIST)/ HSS-03-84D

  • PhD (History) University of Hawaii, Manoa 2007
  • MA (History) University of Hawaii, Manoa 2002
  • BA (Southeast Asian Studies) (Hons) National University of Singapore 1995
Associate Professor Goh Geok Yian joined the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at NTU in January 2008. She received her Bachelor degree with Honours in Southeast Asian Studies from NUS, and her Master and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of History, University of Hawai`i in Manoa. Her research interests include archaeology and early history of Southeast Asia, with particular focus on Burma and Southeast Asian mainland, world history and civilizations, classical and modern Burmese literature, and early communication, cultural, and trade networks between regions particularly those of Southeast Asia with the Indian Ocean and South China Sea regions.
Research Interests
Associate Professor Goh Geok Yian's areas of expertise are: early history of Burma and Southeast Asia, modern Southeast Asian history, China-Southeast Asia relations, early Buddhist networks in mainland and island Southeast Asia, and Burmese historical chronicles and novels. Her current research focuses on the study of Buddhist architecture and mural paintings of Bagan, a medieval Burmese kingdom. Her other research work includes the study of early urbanization and cities in Burma, particularly on comparison made with other contemporary Southeast Asian polities and the applicability of theoretical models. She is also working on an English translation of a 20th-century Burmese novel by a well-known author, Ma Sandar.
Current Projects
  • Buddhist Murals of 11th through 13th Centuries in Bagan, Myanmar
  • Consumer Culture in Premodern Southeast Asia: Singapore and Myanmar
  • Digital Database for Archaeological Remains from the Singapore Cricket Club
  • Material Culture of Early Java: An Archaeological Study of the 8th Century Temples of Dieng Plateau, Central Java
  • Places, Spaces, Memory, Identity: A Historical Trajectory Urban Transformation and the Singapore "Identity"
  • Research and Database on Fort Canning Spice Gardens (FTCSG) and St. Andrew’s Cathedral (STA) Sites
  • When Pots Whisper: Accounts of the Places, the Purchasers, and the Producers of Ceramics in Medieval Myanmar and Singapore
Selected Publications
  • Goh Geok Yian. (2018, February). The Anawrahta-Kyanzittha Palace Site: Relative Importance of Architecture and Artifacts. Paper presented at Reorienting Myanmar Studies on Myanmar, Yangon, Myanmar.
  • Goh Geok Yian.(2017). Positioning Bagan in a Buddhist Ecumene: Myanmar’s Trans-polity Connections. Bagan and the World: Early Myanmar and Its Global ConnectionSingapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Press.
  • Goh Geok Yian, John N. Miksic and Michael Aung-Thwin. (Ed.). (2017). Bagan and the World: Early Myanmar and Its Global ConnectionsSingapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Press.
  • Ueda, Kaoru, John N. Miksic, Sonny C. Wibisono, Naniek Harkantiningsih, Geok Yian Goh, Edmund Edwards McKinnon, Shah Alam Mohd Zaini. (2017). Trade and Consumption of Fine Paste Ware in Southeast Asia: Petrographic and Portable X-ray Fluorescence Analyses of Ninth- to Fourteenth-century Earthenware. Archaeological Research in Asia, 11, 58-68.
  • Goh Geok Yian.(2017). History and Archaeological Practice in Myanmar. In Junko Habu, John Olsen and Peter Lape.(Ed), Handbook of East and Southeast Asian ArchaeologyNew York: Springer.

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