Head of Studies, Arts and Humanities
Professor M L Pattaratorn Chirapravati obtained her PhD and MA in Southeast Asian Studies at Cornell University in 1994. She graduated with a BA in Art History (first class honours) at Silpakorn University (Thailand) in 1982. Professor Chirapravati specialises in Southeast Asian art and visual culture.
Prior to joining Yale-NUS as a Visiting Professor, Professor Chirapravati worked as a faculty member of California State University, Sacramento, in the Art Department and has served as both the Director and Vice Director of the Asian Studies Program between 2007 and 2016. She has been a member of the Southeast Asian Council (SEAC), one of four regional councils operating within the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) since 2014. She was an assistant curator of Southeast Asian art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (1997-2002) and later co-curated two major art exhibitions there of Thai and Burmese art entitled The Kingdom of Siam: Art from Central Thailand (1530-1800) and Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma (1775-1950).
Professor Chirapravati has published extensively on ancient Buddhist art and Southeast Asian visual cultures. She works on religious icons and the interpretation of religious practices and texts from art work in Southeast Asia. She is also interested in the political usage of images and identity.
Selected Books in English and French
Thai Funeral Culture: Studies of Images and Texts in Thai Art, Forthcoming.
Divination Au Royaume De Siam: Le Corps, La Guerre, Le Destin, Presses Universitaires de France, 2011.
Votive Tablets in Thailand: Origin, Styles, and Uses, Oxford University Press, 1997.
Select Articles in English and French
“At the Nexus of Power: Foreign Traces in the Heart of Wat Ratchaburana,” Mural Art. Studies on mural painting in Asia, no. 1, ed. Cristophe Munier-Gaillard (Suilly-la-Tour: Findakly 2017).
Refashioning the Identity of Siamese Monarchs: Hybridized Siamese and Indian Dress Styles,” India-Thailand Cultural Relations Through the Ages, Mahabodhi Book Agency, P. Chirapravati and Greg Morae Kim.
“Buddhist Art and Architecture in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia,” Oxford Bibliography in Buddhism, ed. Richard Payne. Oxford University Press, 2015. P Chirapravati and John Listopad.
“The Transformation of Brahmanical and Buddhist Imagery in Central Thailand, 600-800, Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, ed. John Guy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed (Yale University Press, 2014).
“Inundations: Images of Disaster in Southeast Asian Art,” Imagining Disaster, ed. Jacob Birken, The Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context, Heidelberg University Press (Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 2013).
“Funeral Scenes in the Ramayana Mural Painting at the Emerald Buddha Temple,” Recent studies in Southeast Asian archaeology, ed. Marijke Klokke, Amsterdam University Press, 2013.
“A propos d’un manuscrit siamois du XIX siècle conserve en Suisse et récemment traduit en française, Bulletin B-Annuel De L’Association Thaïlandaise Des Professeurs de Français, No 124, Année 35 (juillet-décembre 2012), Nicolas Revire et M.L. Pattaratorn Chirapravati: 20-37.
Traditional Southeast Asian Art (Pre-historic to seventeenth century)
Arts of Myanmar