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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 2018-2019 Lecture Series.

Schedule

25 October 2018 : 7.00 p.m.
Bangkok’s Hidden Treasures – the other side of Bangkok. A Talk by Eric Lim. In this presentation we take a virtual journey to explore places of historical and cultural interest off the beaten track in Bangkok, some of which are right at the fringe of the city. More>>>

1 November 2018 : 7.00 p.m.
Bronze Drums of Southeast Asia. A Talk by Jacques de Guerny. The Bronze Age produced revolutionary innovations like the drums, stronger and more sonorous than their wooden and skin predecessors. More>>>

8 November 2018 : 7.00 p.m.
Examination of Ancient Khmer Defensive Warfare Practices. A talk by Paul T. Carter. Did ancient Khmer kings, particularly during the Classic Angkor period, neglect key defensive warfare principles which neighboring civilizations, less powerful and grand than Angkor, practiced centuries earlier? More>>>

15 November 2018 : 7.00 p.m.
News from the 90s: Bangkok 1890-1899. A Talk by Steve Van Beek. The 1890s were a pivotal decade for Thailand and the world. With his new book, News from the 90s, Steve Van Beek takes us back 120 years to an era that played out each afternoon in the pages of the Bangkok Times newspaper. More>>>

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