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.


2 March 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
Chao Sone Bouttharobol: A Man with Strong Connections to the Champassak Royal House and a History Spanning Parts of Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. A Talk by Ian G. Baird. Chao Sone Bouttharobol was born in Champassak in 1894. He was the son of Phra Ubonkij Prachakorn, a key leader in Ubon Ratchathani during the late 19th and early 20th centuries; and Chao Heuan Thongphanh, the daughter of Chao Youthithamathone, the head of the Champassak Royal House. More>>>

7 March 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
Whose Heritage? The Vanishing Vernacular in Bangkok. A Talk by Michael Herzfeld. Official policy in many Asian and other countries has increasingly taken control of the definition of “tradition” and “heritage” and turned these into economically valuable assets. More>>>

9 March 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
Rock Art: The Unseen Art of Southeast Asia. A Talk By Noel Hidalgo Tan. In the archaeological narrative of Southeast Asia, rock art barely registers as a significant remnant of the past. Rock art is traditionally perceived as rare and obscure in the region, although rock art research has been growing in recent years and there remains potential for new discoveries to be made in the future. More>>>

23 March 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
Stylistic Variations of Indian temple architecture in Southeast Asian Art. A Talk by Chedha Tingsanchali. The beginning of religious architecture in Southeast Asia was inspired by various styles of Indian temple architecture, both South Indian and North Indian. Research has shown Shala and Dravida styles of architecture are the most popular in Southeast Asia during pre-13th century period. More>>>

28 March 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
Reconnecting the Disconnected Through Textiles. A Talk by John Ang. In presenting these textiles many of which have never been written about or shown in museums, John will discuss the origins of their designs and techniques and how they connect closely with textiles of other kingdoms in the empire. More>>>

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