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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

23 May 2018 : 6.30 p.m.
SEAMEO SPAFA in cooperation with The Siam Siciety Under Royal Patronage present Bangkok: Past and Present. A Talk by Dr. Kannika Suteerattanapirom and Dr. Pornthum Thumwimol. More>>>

24 May 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
Screening of “The Man Who Built Cambodia” with A Talk by Christopher Rompre. THE MAN WHO BUILT CAMBODIA is a narrative documentary exploring the life of Vann Molyvann, an architect whose work came to represent a new identity for a country emerging from independence, and whose incredible story encompasses Cambodia’s turbulent journey as a modern nation. More>>>

31 May 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
Uma Amizade Duradoura: Over 500 Years of Enduring Friendship. A Talk by Francisco Vaz Patto, Ambassador of Portugal to the Kingdom of Thailand. In commemoration of the quincentenary celebration of the first ever pact between Siam and a Western power, H.E. Francisco Vaz Patto, Ambassador of Portugal to the Kingdom of Thailand, will present an overview of the events leading up to the Pact of Friendship and Trade instituted in 1518. More>>>

7 June 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
Italians at the Court of Siam: Celebrating 150 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Italy. A Talk by Paolo Piazzardi. At the dawn of the 20th century, the West associated Siam largely with myths, legends, exoticism, colorful sceneries and beautiful silks. Alas, Italian travellers’ interests were firmly fixed on the Near East, rather than faraway Asia. More>>>

14 June 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
Mystery of the Prehistoric Log Coffin Culture in Highland Pang Mapha, Mae Hong Son Province. A Talk by Rasmi Shoocongdej. Mortuary practice is an important indicator of past ideology and its analysis can be developed by classifying burials into specific types, a method which can limit our understanding of mortuary variability, particularly the horizontal and vertical scales of social organization. More>>>

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