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.


23 August 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
Redeeming the ‘Human’ in Human Rights for Thai Farmers in Israel. What is the value of portraying ‘natural right’ as an account of the world vs. a project to be realized? A case study on Thai agricultural workers in Israel. A Talk by Jasmine Chia. Our age is an age defined by the movements of bodies across borders, driven by war, genocide, economic pressures and new technological possibilities. More>>>

30 August 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
The Protuket: the Thai-Portuguese Catholic Community, From Ayutthaya to Bangkok. A Talk by Miguel Castelo-Branco. The Portuguese are acknowledged as pioneers of Western relations with the Kingdom of Siam, dating back to the early years of the 16th century. The diplomatic alliance began in 1511, when Portugal sent a delegation to Siam during the reign of Rama Thibodi II, who ruled as King of Ayutthaya from 1491 to 1529. More>>>

6 September 2018 : 7.00 p.m.
“Nudging” the hill tribes of the Golden Triangle towards sustainable livelihoods, away from illicit crops. A Talk by Sandro Calvani. When the Nobel Prize Committee awarded the 2017 Prize in Economics to Prof. Richard Thaler, we at the Mae Fah Luang Foundation (MFLF) were more than pleased. The prize placed a spotlight on Prof. Thaler’s “nudge” theory discussed in his 2008 book ‘Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness’ (co-authored with Prof. Cass R. Sunstein of Harvard Law School), on behavioural economics. More>>>

20 September 2018 : 7.00 p.m.
Roads Taken and Not Taken in the Work of Michael Vickery (1931-2017). A Talk by Ashley Thompson. Michael Vickery’s œuvre attests to an exceptional, sustained commitment to revising histories of Southeast Asia – those established by his scholarly predecessors and contemporaries, as well as his own. More>>>

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