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 2017-2018 Lecture Series.


26 July 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
From Ayutthaya to Bangkok: Continuation amid drastic Change. A Talk by Prof. Tongthong Chandransu. The collapse of Ayutthaya in 1767 was the end of a long development process in one of the most prosperous societies in Southeast Asia, and the disruption of countless lives. More>>>

2 August 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
Bangkok’s Mobile Street Vending: Beyond Food and Beyond Quaint Practices. A Talk by Kisnaphol Wattanawanyoo. Street vending, or street trading, is categorized as a form of urban informality, found in various parts of Bangkok, fulfilling the incomplete gap of urban services and providing a wide range of street food, goods and disparate services, at reasonable prices. More>>>

16 August 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
The Invisible Paintings of Angkor Wat. A Talk by Noel H. Tan. In 2014, a paper published in the journal Antiquity revealed “invisible” paintings on the walls of Angkor Wat. These paintings, found throughout the temple, are mostly invisible to the naked eye. More>>>

18 August 2018 : 10.30 a.m.
Unveiling the Secrets of the Mogao Caves. A Talk by Eileen Deeley. Mogao, the cave-temples near the town of Dunhuang situated at the edge of the Gobi desert, in the west of China’s Gansu province, form what is arguably the world's most extraordinary gallery of Buddhist art. More>>>

23 August 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
Redeeming the ‘Human’ in Human Rights for Thai Farmers in Israel. What is the value of portraying ‘natural right’ as an account of the world vs. a project to be realized? A case study on Thai agricultural workers in Israel. A Talk by Jasmine Chia. Our age is an age defined by the movements of bodies across borders, driven by war, genocide, economic pressures and new technological possibilities. More>>>

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