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Background

Lectures by noted experts and scholars are held frequently on a wide range of subjects related to the Society's objectives and the interests of its members and non-members.

Lectures are usually held at The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Rd, Sukhumvit 21. Unless otherwise stated, they are in English.

Admission is free for Siam Society members, members’ spouses and children, and all students showing valid student ID cards. Other people are asked to make a donation of B200. For more information, please contact Khun Arunsri. Office hours: 9:00am–5:00pm Tuesday–Saturday (except holidays).

Lectures are recorded in high-quality digital video (DVD format). If you cannot come to a lecture, you can order a DVD of a lecture for 300 baht. Please call Khun Arunsri.

The Society welcomes speakers to talk on subjects of a scholarly nature in conformity with the principles and objectives of the Siam Society, investigating the arts and sciences of Thailand and neighbouring countries. Guidance>>>


The Siam Society is deeply grateful to the James H.W. Thompson Foundation for its generous support of the 2016-2017 Lecture Series.

Schedule

27 July 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
Remembering Benedict Anderson: His Life and Impact on Thai and Southeast Asian Studies. A talk by Charnvit Kasetsiri. Prof Anderson (August 26, 1936 – December 13, 2015) is one of the most well-known scholars on Southeast Asia. His academic masterpiece: 1983 Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism, has been translated into 33 languages in 38 countries, including Thai. More>>>

3 August 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
The Dalai Lama and the institution of the Reincarnated Lama in Tibetan Buddhism. A talk by Georges Dreyfus. Many have wondered who the Dalai Lama really is. Is he a simple Buddhist monk, as he himself claims, or a king? Or, is he both? And if so, how can it be that a Buddhist monk, who has renounced the world, can also be a king? More>>>

10 August 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
Ancient Peninsular Siam and its Neighborhood. A Talk by Wannasarn Noonsuk. This talk provides observations concerning socio-cultural development in Peninsular Siam and its significance in maritime Southeast Asia since the Iron Age. This area between two oceans was an important link for the East-West maritime trade as well as a production hub of jewelry, tin and forest products since the late centuries BCE. More>>>

24 August 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
A Mauryan–Śunga Period Ringstone: 3rd-1st Century BCE, found in Peninsular Thailand. A talk by Anna Bennett. In October 2014, a finely decorated Śunga ringstone was found by the owner of a sand quarry on the Tha Tapao River on the eastern side of Isthmus region of the Thai peninsula. The ringstone is a characteristic, almost defining object of the Mauryan – Śunga periods of Northern India, where possibly as many as 70 have been recorded from the Punjab, eastwards along the Ganges Valley to Bihar. More>>>

31 August 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
A New Interpretation on the Eastern Limit of Ptolemy’s World Map and its Influence on European Worldview in the Evolution of Southeast Asian Mapping. A talk by Trongjai Hutangkura. The Geography, written in the second century CE by Claudius Ptolemy (c. 100 ce- c. 170 ce), described the Earth’s geography through knowledge from Greco-Roman trade routes. The map India beyond the Ganges presented geographical information stretching from the river’s east bank towards China. More>>>

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