CHA Activities

 សកម្មភាពឆ្ពោះទៅកាន់ការបង្កើត សមាគមអ្នកប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្រកម្ពុជា
Activities toward the establishment of the Cambodian Historians Association

សកម្មភាព នៃសមាគម អ្នកប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្រ កម្ពុជា ក្រោយពេលបង្កើត
Activities of the Cambodian Historians Association after the establishment

សកម្មភាពទី១ របស់សមាគម
(First activity of the Association)
កម្មវិធីស្រាវជ្រាវអំពី « ប្រវត្តិវិទ្យាល័យ ព្រះស៊ីសុវត្ថិ»
Research Program on “History of Sisowath High School”

CHA Members support the idea of establishing ASEAN Historians Association

Training Seminar on History Research Methodology
Organized by Cambodian Historians Association
Friday 13 September 2013
CHA members from more than 20 public and private institutions in
Phnom Penh enthusiastically participated in this important event.

The ceremony celebrating the establishment of the Cambodian Historians Association (CHA) took place at the Head Office of the Cambodian Historians Association, No. 8, Street 173, Olympic Quarter, Chamcar Morn District, Phnom Penh capital on Friday 5 July 2013. It was presided over by the Governing Board consisting of Prof. Dr. Sorn Samnang (President), Prof. Dr. Thuy Chanthourn (Vice-President), Prof. Vong Sotheara (Vice-President), Prof. Prum Samith (Deputy-General Secretary), as well as by the Advisory Board composed of H.E Ieng Mouly (Senior Minister) and Prof. Path Sukry (from the USA).

One of the main purposes of CHA is to ‘Improve the work of Cambodian historians in teaching, research and service through training and retraining’. As an implementation of this purpose, CHA organized a ‘Training Seminar on History Research Methodology’ on Friday 13 September 2013 for its members who are working and studying in more than 20 public and private institutions in Phnom Penh including Intered Institute, History Department of Royal University of Phnom Penh, Royal School of Administration and many High schools.

The paper presenters of this Training Seminar were: Prof. Dr. Sorn Samnang, Prof. Path Sukry, Prof. Dr. Thuy Chanthourn, Prof. Vong Sotheara, Mrs. Khlot Vibolla, Director of the National Museum of Cambodia and Mrs. Y Dary, Deputy-Director of  National Archives of Cambodia.

Prof. Sorn Samnang, who represented Cambodia in the ASEAN Eminent Persons Group on Vision 2020, in addition to his presentation on History Research Methodology, made an interesting comment on the current situation of ASEAN and the most important points are as follows:

On the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN, leaders of ASEAN gathered in Kuala Lumpur on 15 December 1997 to reaffirm their commitment to promote regional cooperation in Southeast Asia in the spirit of equality and partnership and thereby contribute towards peace, progress and prosperity in the region. They envisioned the entire Southeast Asia to be, by 2020, an ‘ASEAN community conscious of its ties of history, aware of its cultural heritage and bound by a common regional identity’.

The ASEAN Vision 2020, adopted by the ASEAN Leaders on the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN, agreed on a shared vision of ASEAN as a concert of Southeast Asian nations, outward looking, living in peace, stability and prosperity, bonded together in partnership in dynamic development and in a community of caring societies.

The ASEAN EPG (Eminent Persons Group) on Vision 2020 was convened in June 1999, with terms of reference that included developing a plan for a peaceful and stable Southeast Asia, making recommendations to create vibrant economies in ASEAN, and examining how to build a community of caring societies, as well as an outward looking ASEAN. Their recommendations on Social, Educational and Cultural field focus especially on promoting ASEAN community spirit among all peoples of ASEAN by setting up and promoting linkages among ASEAN cultural centers and civil societies.

Prof. Sorn Samnang continued that the three pillars of the ASEAN Community, namely the ASEAN Political-Security Community, the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, are the most crucial areas deemed necessary for the progress and evolution of ASEAN and its peoples. 

Socio-Cultural Cooperation should focus on poverty eradication and human development. Social inequities can threaten economic development and in turn undermine political regimes. Social instability can emerge from environmental scarcity or the inequitable distribution among stakeholders of the use of environmental assets. Failure to address these critical and persistent social issues can further cause both economic and political dislocations.

We need to build our region from the ground up, emphasize people-to-people networks and allow for the gradual development of a vibrant civil society and private sector. When there is participation - and people feel involved in public affairs, and feel that they are being listened to, we will have a society that is inclusive, just and equitable. Our region must not just remain relevant as an economic organization, but must endeavor to remain relevant as a community of nations devoted to peace, freedom and justice in an increasingly shaky world.

Prof. Sorn Samnang concluded that CHA main objective is to raise awareness of the past of Cambodia, of the region and the world in order to contribute to “peace, prosperity and progress”. ASEAN cooperation process should move beyond government efforts to involve the broader society and the people of the region. For that reason, it is necessary to establish ‘ASEAN Historians Association’ for the realization of the above objective.

CHA Members enthusiastically supported the idea of establishing ASEAN Historians Association in the near future.