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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

25 January 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
A Brief Economic History of Land Rights in Thailand: From the Sukhothai Period to the End of King Chulalongkorn’s Reign. A Talk by Jessica Vechbanyongratana. This lecture is based on a recently published book that reassesses the nature and security of land rights in Siam from the Sukhothai period to the end of King Chulalongkorn’s reign. The study first reviews de jure land rights under traditional land laws prior to 1901. More>>>

1 February 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
Evidence-Based Gastronomy and Thai Food Dish History. A Talk by Kanit Muntarbhorn. As “Thai food” is world famous, it should be considered as an important aspect of Thai economy. Whether inside or outside Thailand, can we (Thais and non-Thais) logically think of “Thai food” as a brand? If the answer is in the affirmative, we need to explain: what is it? More>>>

15 February 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
The Lisu: Far from the Ruler. A Talk by Michele Zack. Award-winning journalist and historian Michele Zack writes about the egalitarian Lisu — a small ethnic group living primarily in mountainous regions of southwest China, Myanmar and Northern Thailand. More>>>

22 February 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
Hmong Songs of Memory Traditional Secular and Sacred Hmong Music. A Talk by Victoria Vorreiter. Over the millennia, the Hmong have developed an astonishingly rich culture as they migrated from their source in the far reaches of northern China along mountaintops that flank the great rivers of Southeast Asia, finally finding sanctuary in the foothills of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar, and further to the four corners of the world. More>>>

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