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Jakarta Post

Trudy Jacobsen: Looking for Lost Goddesses

  • Sara Veal


Jakarta   /   Thu, September 17 2009   /  02:32 pm

The low status of Cambodian women today is in stark contrast with the purported power of their past counterparts, but according to Dr Trudy Jacobsen, Cambodia's goddesses were never lost - historians had simply been looking for them in the wrong places. Jacobsen, author of Lost Goddesses, attempts to solve the mystery of how the change in women's status came about, by analyzing the denial of female power in Khmer history from the early 3rd century until the present. The 35-year-old Australian national is the newly appointed assistant professor in mainland Southeast Asian history at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in the US. This follows positions at Australia's Monash University and Griffith University, the Swedish School for Advanced Asia-Pacific Studies and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Jacobsen's debut book is based on her Ph...