- Dr.Julia Estève is now Lecturer at Mahidol University, College of Religious Studies (Bangkok, Thailand). Specialist of Religious Studies and Epigraphy, she defended her thesis on History of Religions of ancient Cambodia at the Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE) Paris, in 2009. She questioned the pertinence of use of the notion of syncretism to express the richness of Khmer religion of the pre-Angkorian and the Angkorian periods, for which she relied on the Sanskrit and Khmer parts of the inscriptions.
- In 2010 she started, with her colleagues, D. Soutif (EFEO) and A. Kolata (University of Chicago), a research Program on Monasteries of the 9th century. Through integrated epigraphic and archaeological research, the Yasodharâsramas Project is exploring the interrelated social, political, economic, and religious institutions and practices underlying the foundation of the city of Angkor. Specifically, the Yasodharâsramas Project focuses on the critical role of pluri-religious concepts and practices in the concentration, consolidation and dissemination of political power through archaeological and historical examination of âsramas or religious monasteries.
- Her research encompasses the spectrum of the different components of the pre-modern Khmer religion. One axis of her work particularly looks into how Khmer people adapted and reworked the Indic religions to complement and promote their indigenous deities, rooted in the soil, the locus. Another ongoing axis is the study of the evolution of Buddhism in the Khmer empire. As such, she is, since the beginning of the project at the end of 2014, the religions expert on the archaeological and epigraphical Two Buddhist Towers Project. This new project aims at conducting a multi-scalar evaluation of the practice, change, and function of Buddhism at the regional Angkorian center of Preah Khan of Kompong Svay, Cambodia (10th to 17th c. CE).