Sophie Biard PhD, is an art historian specializing in Cambodia and an associate researcher of the Institut d’Aste Orientale in Lyon, France. Her work focuses on the art and material culture of the Angkorian world, in tracing the ways in which collections of artifacts have emerged over the years in Cambodia and internationally, and on studying how objects of Khmer art have been conserved and displayed since the 19th century. From 2014 to 2018 she worked with the Ecole francaise d’Extreme-Orient, Paris (EFEO) on research at the stone conservation laboratory of the National Museum of Cambodia, and since 2020 has been based in the Angkor region carrying out postdoctoral research on collections of sanctuary.
Damian Evans PhD, is a researcher at the Ecole francaise d’Extreme-Orient, Paris, whose work in Southeast Asia draws on fields such as archaeology, data science and the geosciences with a view to understanding the relationship between humans and the environment from the deep past to the present. Following the award of a PhD in archaeology from the University of Sydney, he was the founding Director of the University’s Research Centre in Cambodia until joining EFEO. He currently leads several major research initiatives in the Southeast Asia region and it the author of several books and articles on Angkor.