Professor Victor T. King (right) discussing tourism and heritage in Southeast Asia
World-renowned academic, Emeritus Professor Victor T. King from the University of Leeds delivered a lecture in Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) on tourism development in South East Asia.
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In 1970, King received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hull, and a Ph.D. in 1980.
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In 1971, King received a Master of Arts from the University of London.
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In 1970, King received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hull, and a Ph.D. in 1980. In 1971, he received a Master of Arts from the University of London.
Victor T. King has been teaching and undertaking research in the sociology and anthropology of Southeast Asia since the early 1970s when he undertook field research in Kalimantan, Indonesia for his doctoral degree in social anthropology at the University of Hull. Most of his career was spent in the Centre for South-East Asian Studies and the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Hull. He was appointed to a Senior Lectureship there in 1988 and immediately thereafter to the re-established Chair in Southeast Asian Studies (from 1988 to 2005), following the report by Sir Peter Parker on Asian and African Languages and Area Studies.
King served as the UK Director of the Borneo Research Council from 1985 to 2008, and continues as a member of its International Advisory Board. He has been a Fellow of the Council since 1972 and has edited two volumes of its Conference Proceedings. He published the first general historical-anthropological text on Borneo: The Peoples of Borneo in 1993, as well as the first general museum-based text on Borneo with Jan B. Avé The People of the Weeping Forest and in its Dutch edition Oerwoud in Ondergang, Culturen Opdrift to accompany the major exhibition at the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde in Leiden opened by Sir David Attenborough in 1985.
King has supervised or co-supervised some 15 postgraduate research theses on Borneo and served as internal examiner for three further theses on Borneo, the majority written by local scholars. He has also served as external examiner for doctoral theses on Borneo at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, London School of Economics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Kent at Canterbury, Edinburgh, Leicester, Loughborough, The Open University, Oxford Brookes, Uppsala University, University of Helsinki, University of Malaya, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Australian National University, Newcastle (Australia), Queensland, La Trobe, University of Western Australia. He served as International Advisor at University Malaysia Sarawak (2003-2006) and External Examiner in Sociology-Anthropology at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (1999-2001, 2009-2011).
His early work on Borneo examined issues of ethnicity, cognatic kinship and the kindred, and structural analysis and symbolism. He has recently returned to some of these interests with 'Borneo Studies: Perspectives from a Jobbing Social Scientist (2009), as well as two working papers Culture and Identity: Some Borneo Comparisons (2012) and Borneo and Beyond: Borneo Studies, Anthropology and the Social Sciences (2013), and a specially prepared article for the Tun Jugah Foundation journal Ngingit entitled ‘Derek Freeman and the Iban Kindred: a Pertinent Correspondence’ (2014). His later work on Borneo focused on rural development issues, environmental change and tourism.
He also has an interest in travel writing on Borneo and has compiled two anthologies in Oxford Paperbacks: The Best of Borneo Travel(1992) and Moving Pictures: More Borneo Travel. The Best of Borneo Travel has recently been translated into Indonesian with a new preface, entitled Kalimantan Tempo Doeloe by Kommunitas Bambu, Depok (2013). Another edited book in Oxford Paperbacks, Explorers of South-East Asia: Six Lives (1995), also contains three chapters on Borneo exploration based on the lives of Robert Burns, Carl Bock and A.W. Nieuwenhuis.
He has recently been engaged as an External Advisor on a ‘high impact’ research project directed by Dr Welyne Jeffrey Jehom on Iban textiles (pua’ kumbu’) at Universiti Malaya. He has also completed a paper re-evaluating the work of Derek Freeman on Iban culture and society, entitled ‘Claiming Authority: Derek Freeman, His Legacy and Interpretations of the Iban of Borneo’. He has also co-edited (with Zawawi Ibrahim and Noor Hasharina Hassan), Borneo Studies in History, Society and Culture (2017). From 2009 to 2013 Victor King was a principal investigator of a research team.
Recently he has written a paper for the Institute of Asian Studies at University Brunei Darussalam in its Working Papers Series, UNESCO in Southeast Asia: World Heritage Sites in Comparative Perspectives, (2013, No 4). An additional paper on ‘UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia: Problems and Prospects’, with Michael Hitchcock has appeared in the co-edited book by Porananond and King (2014). His edited book UNESCO in Southeast Asia: World Heritage Sites in Comparative Perspective (2016) has been published with NIAS Press, Copenhagen with chapters on heritage sites in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Victor King has presented lectures on the research programme and on case material from Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines at Oxford, Cambridge, Ateneo de Manila (twice), Macau University of Science and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, the University of Hull, School of Oriental and African Studies, Chiang Mai University and the SADACC Trust (South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts) in Norwich in association with the University of East Anglia. He was appointed as an Eminent Visiting Professor to the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam in August 2012 to assist in the development of a programme of advanced research and training there along with Professor Hans-Dieter Evers.
He is currently Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and has recently been an Eminent Visiting Professor, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at University Brunei Darussalam and Adjunct Professor at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He is also Professor of Borneo Studies at the Institute of Asian Studies, University Brunei Darussalam.
(South-East Asia has developed rapidly as a tourist destin...)1993
(The Best of Borneo Travel is just that, a fascinating col...)1992
(Hendrik Tillema (1870-1952) was a well-known Dutch writer...)1989
(This is the first text on South-East Asia to examine the ...)1999
(The origins of mountains and plains. The power of winds a...)1997
Quotations: “The inspiration for my writing comes from a long established interest in and affection for the culturally diverse communities of the South-East Asian region, and an enduring desire to know more about them."
King was a member of the Royal Institute of Linguistics and Anthropology and of the Royal Asiatic Society.
On April 15, 1972, King married Judith Jane Smith. They have two children: Oliver David Charles and Timothy James Edward.