For the first time since 1978, Ohio University will host the annual Council on Thai Studies (COTS) October 26 – 27. COTS was created to give scholars and students the opportunity to exchange ideas, stories and academic research about Thailand. This year, COTS is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its founding, and is proud to announce the keynote speaker is Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri, a well-known Thai historian.
The David K. Wyatt Thai Collection, part of the Libraries’ Center for Hwa Wei Lee International Collections, is a valuable research resource for Thai scholars, according to Jeff Shane, Southeast Asia Reference Librarian and current president of COTS. The collection’s primary and secondary source materials include the diary and travel writings of King Chulalongkorn, who reigned from 1868-1910. The Libraries’ Digital Initiatives department digitized the diary and travel writings in 2010, making them freely accessible via the Internet Archive.
Scholars from all over the world are attending the Council to give presentations and partake in this academic celebration of all things Thai. The COTS conference is free and open for the public to attend. Check out the full program and schedule of events on the Ohio University Southeast Asian Studies website to see which discussions catch your interest.