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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

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>>>

27 February 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
THE SIAMESE AMBASSADOR AND THE SUN KING RELATIONS BETWEEN AYUTTHAYA AND THE COURT OF LOUIS XIV. A Talk by Jane Puranananda. In the early 1900’s a heavy book tumbled off the shelf of the library of the Missions Etrangères in Paris and a remarkable discovery was made. Volume 1081 fell open to pages written in a mysterious foreign script that was eventually identified as old Thai. More>>>

8 March 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
The Thailand Sustainable Development Foundation. A Talk by Geoffrey Longfellow. The Thailand Sustainable Development Foundation was established in 2014 in order to preserve and enhance the legacy of His Majesty King Rama IX. Sustainable Development has become much more than diversified farming for people in rural Thailand, to a challenge for lifestyle change worldwide. More>>>

16 March 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
Gratitude to My Past. A Talk by Mathar Bunnag. Mr. Mathar (Lek) Bunnag received Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University, and Master of Architecture from University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Canada. He received Bachelor of Architecture from Silpakorn University, Bangkok Thailand. More>>>

5 April 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
A challenge for the present and the future: Preserving the Underwater Cultural Heritage. A Talk by Etienne Clément. The underwater cultural heritage is represented by ancient shipwrecks, submerged archaeological sites and other remains of cultural significance, under the seas and in internal waters (lakes and rivers). More>>>

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