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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 video format and if you cannot attend one, you can purchase a USB drive containing the video of the lecture for 350 baht. Please contact 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 2019-2020 Lecture Series.

Schedule

22 October 2019 : 7.00 p.m.
Retranslation | Final Unfinished Portrait. A Talk by Peter Welz. The artist’s interest in architecture and movement led him to work on the series “Portrait”, an ongoing visual study based on four subjects: Francis Bacon, Casa Malaparte, Michelangelo Antonioni, and AA Bronson. More>>>

31 October 2019 : 7.00 p.m.
Ramayana: Footprint in Southeast Asian Culture and Heritage. A Talk by Anita Bose. The Ramayana is the most blissful inheritance to Bharatiya culture and Sanskrit, the classical language that personifies the very soul of India. Ramayana is a peerless epic composed by Maharshi Valmiki in ancient Bharatvarsha. More>>>

7 November 2019 : 7.00 p.m.
The Greatest Story in Global Tourism HiSTORY. A Talk by Imtiaz Muqbil. The upcoming 60th anniversary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International in 2020 provides a perfect opportunity for some soul-searching about the past, present, and future of what has become one of country’s most important socio-economic sectors. More>>>

14 November 2019 : 7.00 p.m.
From Historical to Contemporary Design by SuMphat Gallery. A Talk by Rush Pleansuk and Philippe Moisan. SuMphat Gallery combines the knowledge of handcrafting and industrial fields, creating the remarkable aesthetics of texture and shapes like those that distinguish natural flowers from the artificial ones and ones that exclude human beings from robots. More>>>

21 November 2019 : 7.00 p.m.
Divine Encounters: Sacred Rituals and Ceremonies in Asia. A Talk by Hans Kemp. At first sight, Asia’s rich and enigmatic culture seems to have fallen victim to the headlong pursuit of material wealth and the onslaught of the fast-food lifestyle. But look more closely and cracks in the glossy veneer of progress are appearing. More>>>

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