This week in the seminar we read about the transformation of Siam in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This included examining the complex and fascinating topic of Siam’s condition of being “not entirely not colonized” while also being to some extent “imperial.”

This video contains some information about this topic, and the readings from this week are below.

Thongchai Winichakul, “Siam’s Colonial Conditions and the Birth of Thai History,” in Southeast Asian Historiography, Unravelling the Myths: Essays in Honour of Barend Jan Terwiel, edited by Volker Grabowsky (Bangkok: River Books, 2011), 20-41.

Hong Lysa, “Extraterritoriality in Bangkok in the Reign of King Chulalongkorn, 1868-1910: The Cacophonies of Semi-Colonial Cosmopolitanism,” Itinerario 27.2 (2003): 125-146.

_____, “‘Stranger Within the Gates’: Knowing Semi-Colonial Siam as Extraterritorials,” Modern Asian Studies 38.2 (2004): 327-354.

M. L. Chittawadi Chitrabongs, “The Politics of Defecation in Bangkok of the Fifth Rein,” Journal of the Siam Society Vol. 99 (2011): 172-195.

Maurizio Peleggi, “Refashioning Civilization: Dress and Bodily Practice in Thai Nation-Building,” in The Politics of Dress in Asia and the Americas, edited by Mina Roces and Louise Edwards (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2007), 65-80.

Patrick Jory, “Thai and Western Buddhist Scholarship in the Age of Colonialism: King Chulalongkorn Redefines the Jatakas,” Journal of Asian Studies 63.1 (2002): 891-919.

Maurizio Peleggi, “The Plot of Thai Art History: Buddhist Sculpture and the Myth of National Origins,” in A Sarong for Clio: Essays on the Intellectual and Cultural History of Thailand: Inspired by Craig J. Reynolds, edited by Maurizio Peleggi (Ithaca, New York: Southeast Asia Program Publications, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 2015), 79-93.

Taylor M. Easum, “A Thorn in Bangkok’s Side: Khruba Sriwichai, Sacred Space and the Last Stand of the Pre-Modern Chiang Mai State,” South East Asia Research Vol. 21, No. 2 (2013): 211-236.

Tamara Loos, “Sex in the Inner City: The Fidelity of Sex and Politics in Siam,” Journal of Asian Studies 64.4 (2005): 881-910.

Eiji Murashima, “Opposing French Colonialism: Thailand and the Independence Movements in Indo-China in the Early 1940s,” South East Asia Research Vol. 13, No. 3 (2005): 333-383.”