The “Destruction of Champa”: A more nuanced perspective – a seminar by Mohamed Effendy (Wed, 17 October 2012)

Speaker: Mohamed Effendy (PhD candidate, University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Date: Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: AS3, Level 6, SEAS Seminar Room (06-20)

A new age for the Cham began as the Treaty of Harmand was signed in August 25, 1883 and Binh Thuan, the Cham area, was ceded to the French. The extermination of the Cham political elite in the 19th century has been well researched by Po Dharma’s Le Panduranga and Nicholas Weber in The destruction and assimilation of Campa (1832–35) as seen from Cam sources. However, scholars by being fixated on the issue of “Destruction of Champa” have made it synonymous with “total destruction”. This presentation argues that the destruction affected different groups in a highly complex society and was not at all a straightforward process. Cham society and the religious elites survived and though they were not led by the Cham political elites anymore, were able to continue their way of life.

About the speaker
Mohamed Effendy is a PhD Candidate of the History Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a winner of several awards and prizes including the Daniel W.Y. Kwok Endowed Fund in History, John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship in History and the Moscotti Fellowship. He is also a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies.