Dr Marnie Feneley

Dr Marnie Feneley

Honorary Lecturer
Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Humanities & Languages

Dr. Marnie Feneley specialises in Southeast Asian Archaeology, Art History and Religion, and is Honorary Lecturer of Asian Studies at the University of NSW and President of the Association of Mainland Southeast Asia Scholars. Marnie uses digital visualisation technologies for the preservation and interpretation of important cultural heritage sites, and sculpture. She is a pioneer in the use of 3D immersive reconstructions of Southeast Asian temples and sculpture and cultural mapping. She has curated many exhibitions using immersive technologies which have been shown internationally to wide acclaim.  Marnie has a PhD in Archaeology (Asian Art History) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Higher Education from UNSW. Her book “Reconstructing God, Style, Hydraulics and Political Power and the West Mebon Viṣṇu” was published in 2023 by National University of Singapore Press. Marnie is also interested in the application of situational/ immersive learning environments in teaching practice in Universities. She has previously been a post-doctoral research fellow at UNSW working on the “Atlas of Maritime Buddhism” project which is now on permanent display at the Fo Guang Shan Monastery Museum, Taiwan with over 2 million visitors per annum. She is presently researching and co-curating an exhibition of early Buddhist sculpture in India called “Digital Twins: Negotiating identity and translocated heritage in the global age”. 

Marnie is co- supervising Jianxiang Jing, a PhD student in the School of Art and Design, the title of his PhD is “A Multi-modal Analysis of Chinese Dynastic-imperial Cartography and its Relevance to the Mapping of Space in the Twenty-first Century." This PhD is a Critical Discourse and Semiotic Analysis of Classical Chinese Maps in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and aims to explore the ontology of classical Chinese maps through the lens of Confucian literati culture and Chinese aesthetics. It applies an integrated methodological approach that combines social semiotics and discourse analysis.

For more information please see the web site marniefeneley.org          


  • Books | 2023
    Feneley M, 2023, Reconstructing God - The West Mebon Viṣṇu
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Feneley M, 2021, 'Buddhist Artworks', in Feneley M; Frank I; Kenderdine S; Shaw J (ed.), Atlas of Maritime Buddhism, City University of Hong Kong, pp. 196 - 243
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Feneley M, 2021, 'Buddhist Cultural Exchange', in Feneley M; Frank I; Kenderdine S; Shaw J (ed.), Atlas of Maritime Buddhism, City University of Hong Kong, pp. 172 - 195
  • Journal articles | 2018
    Feneley M, 2018, 'Reconstructing god: proposing a new date for the west mebon viṣṇu', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 17, pp. 195 - 220, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14434318.2017.1451197
    Journal articles | 2017
    Feneley M, 2017, 'A peaceful new years gift on the Cambodia/Thailand Border', Asian Currents
    Journal articles | 2016
    Feneley M; Fletcher R; Penny D, 2016, 'Claiming the hydraulic network of Angkor with Viṣṇu:A multidisciplinary approach including the analysis of archaeological remains, digital modelling and radiocarbon dating: With evidence for a 12th century renovation of the West Mebon', Journal of Archaeological Research Reports, 9, pp. 275 - 292, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.06.031
    Journal articles | 2006
    Feneley M, 2006, '1. The West Mebon Viṣṇu', The Journal of the Asian Arts Society of Australia, TASSA Review
  • Other | 2017
    Feneley M, 2017, A peaceful New Year’s gift on the Cambodia-Thailand border,
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Feneley M, 2016, 'Reconstructing God - Using digital techniques to preserve heritage: (The West Mebon Viṣṇu in its art historical , hydrological and political context', presented at Society for East Asian Archaeology 7, Harvard - Boston USA, -
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Feneley M, 2016, 'Reconstructing God', presented at Symposium: Re-visiting the age of Angkor, Australian National Gallery, -
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Feneley M, 2015, 'The West Mebon Viṣṇu: style, hydraulics and political power', presented at International Convention of Asian Scholars ( IIAS), -
    Theses / Dissertations | 2015
    Feneley M, 2015, The West Mebon Viṣṇu: style, hydraulics and political power, University of Sydney, PhD Thesis, awarded Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney
    Other | 2014
    Chakrabonse N (ed.), 2014, Early Mainland Southeast Asia: From First Humans to Angkor, Riverbooks, Thailand,
    Conference Papers | 2011
    Feneley M, 2011, 'The context of the West Mebon Viṣṇu', in Klokke MJ; Degroot V (ed.), Materializing Southeast Asia's Past ,Selected Papers From the 12th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists National University of Singapore Press (2013), 12th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Leiden, pp. 140 - 155, presented at 12th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Leiden, 12 April 2011 - 19 April 2011
    Conference Presentations | 2009
    Feneley M, 2009, 'The evolution of the Khmer dragon - an iconography of difference', presented at Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Conference, Hanoi Vietnam, -
    Conference Papers | 2008
    Feneley M; Chandler T; Gleissenberger N; Alexander B, 2008, 'Reconstructing the West Mebon Vishnu: A marriage of traditional artefactual analysis with digital 3D visualization', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), pp. 73 - 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-78566-8_7
    Conference Presentations | 2008
    Feneley M, 2008, 'Archaeology and research on the West Mebon', presented at Greater Angkor Project University of Sydney- seminar at the École Française d'Extrême-Orient, École Française d'Extrême-Orient Siem Reap Cambodia, -
    Conference Presentations | 2008
    Feneley M, 2008, 'The Context of the West Mebon Viṣṇu', presented at EurASSEA12 Conference, Leiden Holland, -
    Conference Presentations | 2007
    Feneley M, 2007, 'Large Cambodian Bronzes - an in-depth look at some important sculpture', presented at Australian Centre for Asian Art and Archaeology Seminar Series, University of Sydney, -

 Museum Studies, History and ArchaeologyArt of Asia, Heritage and Cultural ConservationAsian History, Immersive Environments (VR) for museums and education.