Meeting : "Ecclesiastical Colonialism: The Protestant
Church in Northern Thailand”.
10 October, 2017.
A Talk by Herbert Swanson
talk will look at the experience of northern Thai Protestant Christians
as “subjects” of an American Presbyterian missionary colonialism, why
they subjected themselves to that colonialism, what it has done to
them, and what they did with it. In the process, the speaker will draw
on the work of Edward W. Said on ideological Orientalism to help make
sense of the Protestant experience in the North.
Swanson has joined the ranks of the happily retired and recently
returned to the Chiang Mai area after a 12-year absence in the USA. He
is the founding director of the Payap University Archives (1978-1984)
and founding director of the Office of History, Church of Christ in
Thailand (1988-2004). He has an M.A. from the U. of Maryland (1987) and
a Ph.D. from the Melbourne College of Divinity, Melbourne U. (2003).
Herb is an ordained Presbyterian minister, a member of the
Suwanduangrit Church, Amphoe Doi
Saket, and is married to Achan Warunee. He is also the steward of two
(devoted to Thai church history) and orientalismstudies.com
(devoted to the study of ideological Orientalism).
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