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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

29 January 2019 : 7.00 p.m.
Mahosadha’s Cunning and the Cretan Labyrinth. A Talk by Lilian Handlin. One of the Buddha Gotama’s numerous epithets was opamma kusalo muni – sage skilled in parables, exemplified in his life as  Mahosadha. More>>>

7 February 2019 : 7.00 p.m.
“The Birth of the Buddha”: From Angkor to Bangkok. A Talk by Nicolas Revire. This lecture examines in detail a rare stone carved-stele illustrating a momentous event in the life of the Buddha. This stele was found at Angkor Wat and dates to the 13th–14th century. More>>>

14 February 2019 : 7.00 p.m.
A Creative Karma? The Fall of Ayutthaya and Mozart’s Flute Music. A Talk by Stephen Martin. Stephen Martin’s chance finding of a cheap, dirty portrait in England in 2015 led to an astonishing story of a German surgeon’s survival in southeast Asia in the late 18th-Century. More>>>

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