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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

21 September 2019 : 2.15 p.m.
The 70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Philippines and Thailand. A Talk by Her Excellency Mary Jo A. Bernardo-Aragon and Dr Piemsak Hongjamrassilp. As part of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Thailand, Her Excellency Mary Jo A. Bernardo-Aragon, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Thailand, will give an address in celebration of 70 years of friendship between the two countries. More>>>

24 September 2019 : 7.00 p.m.
500th Anniversary of the Circumnavigation of the World by Magellan and Elcano: The Impossible Adventure. A talk by Prof Dr Maria de Fátima Reis, from the Portuguese Academy of History and Captain (Navy) José Mª Blanco, from the Institute of Naval History and Culture of Spain. It has been 500 years since the adventure of two sailors, Magellan and Elcano, unexpectedly changed the world. Their discovery slowly became the beginning of the globalisation where everything was more interconnected. More>>>

17 October 2019 : 7.00 p.m.
Nation and Representation: Western Filmmaking in Siam from 1908 to 1938. A Talk by Alexander J. Klemm. The lecture starts by outlining the beginnings of European filmmaking in Siam before World War I. The focus lies on scenics commissioned by the Danish company Nordisk Film and the French company Pathé Frères and draws connections to 19th-century European photography of Siam. More>>>

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>>>

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