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Workshops and Events > Past Workshops and Activities BA Design Practice Lecture and Workshop: Graphic Symbols in Southeast Asian History

Southeast Asia as a regional concept offers research possibilities in oral traditions that often take precedence over the written form. Since the early centuries of the Common Era, the languages in the region have been heavily influenced by Sanskrit, an Indo-Aryan language. Folklore motifs also reveal traces and patterns of cultural cross-referencing and inter-textuality. 

This workshop consists of a lecture by Dr. Bridget Tracy Tan followed by a group discussion and presentation. During these sessions, students from the BA Design Practice programme were exposed to several examples of ethnic and cultural symbols unique to the Southeast Asia region. They also learn to Identify ways graphic symbols can be found in Southeast Asian history and related to contemporary use, and to use visual and textual elements as an expressive approach to create imagery in the present-day context.