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.


29 May 2019 : 7.00 p.m.
The History of Tea and Thailand’s Place in Tea History. A Talk by George van Driem. George van Driem directs the Linguistics Institute at the University of Bern, where he occupies the Chair of Historical Linguistics. He has written grammars of Limbu, Dzongkha, Bumthang and Dumi and authored the two-volume ethnolinguistic handbook Languages of the Himalayas (Brill, 2001). More>>>

20 June 2019 : 7.00 p.m.
Has the Time Come to Return Some Works of Art to Their Countries of Origin? A Talk by Etienne Clément. This was the preamble of an Appeal launched in 1978 by the then Director-General of UNESCO. Since then, countless negotiations have been held all over the world, seeking the restitution of cultural objects particularly significant for the people of their country of origin. More>>>

27 June 2019 : 7.30 p.m.
A History of Love: Three Thai Literary Classics and their Human Messages Today … and Fifty Jātaka. A Talk by Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker. This talk looks at the many meanings of love in three Thai literary classics spread over several centuries—Suthon-Manora, an old quest story in a jātaka tale; Lilit Phra Lo, a romantic tragedy from around 1500; and the folk epic, Khun Chang Khun Phaen. More>>>

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