Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Goh Geok Yian

Associate Professor, School of Humanities
Coordinator for SoH Southeast Asian Studies Research Cluster, School of Humanities (SoH)

Assoc Prof Goh Geok Yian

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, Indonesia, and Singapore; premodern communication, cultural and trade networks, and study of early urbanization. She is Associate Professor of History and Associate Chair (Research) in the School of Humanities.

At the School of Humanities, she teaches undergraduate courses on premodern Southeast Asia, Myanmar, Singapore, and world history. Her postgraduate courses include courses on doing research in Southeast Asia and theories in urbanization and state formation.

She obtained her PhD in History and her MA in History from the University of Hawai`i, Manoa in 2007 and 2002 respectively. Her BA (Hons) was in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore.
Research Interests
Associate Professor Goh Geok Yian's areas of expertise are: early history of Burma and Southeast Asia, premodern communication, cultural, religious and trade networks, and study of early urbanization. She currently leads a multi-year project in Bagan, Myanmar and Singapore focusing on ceramics analysis and urbanization. Her current research in Singapore deals with the analysis of materials excavated from two sites: St. Andrew’s Cathedral and Fort Canning Spice Gardens. She is also completing an English translation of a 20th-century Burmese novel by a well-known author, Ma Sandar. Geok has also plans to further her research in the study of Buddhist architecture and mural paintings of Bagan, continuing work on a project which she began in 2008.
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"
  • Post-Excavation Research, Analysis, Development and Maintenance of a Digital Repository for Excavation Reports and Findings, and Storage of Artefacts
  • 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.(2019). The Anawrahta-Kyanzittha Palace Site: Relative Importance of Architecture and Artifacts. Reorienting Myanmar Studies on Myanmar February 5-6, 2018Naypyidaw: Directorate of Historical Research, Ministry of Culture, Myanmar.
  • Goh Geok Yian. (2019). A Tale of Two Sites: Temasek in the Asian Maritime System. Singapura before Raffles: Archeology and the Seas, 400 BCE-1600 CE.
  • Goh Geok Yian. (2019, March). Life in Temasek, a Node in the Asian Maritime System: insights from continuing research. Paper presented at International Symposium: Ancient Maritime Cross-cultural Exchanges of Asia, Surat Thani, Phang Nga, and Krabi, Thailand.
  • Goh Geok Yian. (2018, September). Bagan Shwemyodaw: A Case Study of A Burmese Medieval Urban Site. Paper presented at 21st Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA) Conference, Hue, Vietnam.
  • 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.

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