Amulets are one of the most important, visible and dynamic areas of religious material culture in Thailand. This international conference provides a number of scholarly perspectives on Thai amulet culture. Themes to be explored include the materiality of amulets, the economics of the amulet trade, the narratives around particular amulets and their creation and contemporary experimentation in amulet culture. Pridi Banomyong International College, Thammasat University, is located right next to one of Southeast Asia’s largest amulet markets at Tha Prachan on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Scholarly examination of the topic will be complimented by events including an amulet market tour and amulet exhibition. The gathering will constitute the first academic conference dedicated to Thai amulet scholarship.
CALL FOR PAPERS Paper proposals on a wide range of issues related to amulets and amulet culture are welcome. For more information please visit www.thaiamuletsconference.com.
Submission Deadline: 5 April 2023
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Dr. Chris Baker & Prof. Dr. Pasuk Phongpaichit have published extensively on Thai politics, history and economics for decades. Based on two of their former translations, this talk will examine the uses of amulets as they appear in the epic poem, Khun Chang Khun Phaen, and the old Ayutthaya laws collected in the Three Seals Code in 1805.
Prof. Peter Jackson Professor of Thai history and cultural studies at Australian National University. He has written a number of influential papers on amulets and magic in the capitalism of Thailand. His presentation shall be on “The 7-elevanisation of amulet marketing.”