Discourses of Kingship in Contemporary Thailand
THAILAND STUDIES PROGRAMME SEMINAR
About the Seminar
Since the change to a constitutional monarchy in 1932, Thailand has witnessed the appearance of multiple discourses of kingship and monarchy. Along with somewhat fluid conceptions of ‘absolute’ and ‘constitutional’ monarchies, in more recent times kingship has often been presented in terms of more specifically Thai frameworks such as “Tham/Righteousness/Dharma” and “Democracy with the King as Head of State”. This talk, part of an ongoing research project, will look at the context and implications of each of these models.
About the Speaker
Bruce Lockhart is Associate Professor in the History Department at NUS. His areas of specialization are Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos, and he has a particular interest in kingship and monarchy. He is working on a history of the modern Thai monarchy.