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.
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Museum Studies, History and Archaeology, Art of Asia, Heritage and Cultural Conservation, Asian History, Immersive Environments (VR) for museums and education.