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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 2017 : 6.30 p.m.
Jakarta: Past and Present. The SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) and the Siam Society will organize two lectures on the archaeology and urban conservation of Jakarta, as part of SEAMEO SPAFA’s lecture series on the archaeology of the Capitals of Southeast Asia. More>>>

25 May 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
André Malraux: The looter of Banteay Srei who rose to high political office. A talk by Lia Genovese. In the annals of archaeology, Heinrich Schliemann, Katherine Routledge, Madeleine Colani and Howard Carter, to name a few, will be forever associated with pioneering work respectively in Troy, the Easter Island, the Plain of Jars and Egypt. More>>>

27 พฤษภาคม 2560 : 14.30 น.
บันทึกสุริยุปราคาแหลมเจ้าลาย พ.ศ. 2418 ค้นพบใหม่จากลอนดอน. บรรยายโดย รศ.บุญรักษา สุนทรธรรม และ วิษณุ เอื้อชูเกียรติ. ในรัชสมัยของพระบาทสมเด็จพระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว เกิดสุริยุปราคาเต็มดวงขึ้นครั้งหนึ่งเมื่อวันที่ 6 เมษายน พ.ศ. 2418 (ค.ศ. 1875) นับจากสุริยุปราคาเต็มดวงที่หว้ากอได้ 7 ปี พระบาทสมเด็จพระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว ได้ส่งพระราชสาสน์เชิญไปถึงนักดาราศาสตร์ในยุโรป More>>>

8 June 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
The Multiple Causes of the 2011 Bangkok Floods. A Talk by Danny Marks. I argue that the causes of the 2011 floods are compound. While the Chao Phraya River Basin received heavy rainfall in 2011, a number of human activities interacted with that rainfall to create the floods. More>>>

28 June 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
A History of Ayutthaya. A talk by Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit. Early European visitors placed Ayutthaya alongside China and India as the three great powers of Asia. 250 years ago, the city was destroyed, and its history has been neglected. More>>>

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