Meeting at the Alliance Franšaise, Chiang
Mai: “Missionaries & Early Modernization in Northern Thailand”.
Tuesday, 9 October 2018.
A Talk by Herbert Swanson
Modernization is a
global phenomenon that continues to have a massive local impact on
Northern Thailand. This talk will focus on the Protestant missionaries'
role in the very earliest stage of modernization here in the North,
beginning in 1867. Its thesis is that the missionaries' most important
impact in the beginning was on local consciousness as the Northern Thai
had to process what these missionaries meant for them and their world.
This presentation will mention in only passing the usual litany of the
kinds of modern "things" the
missionaries introduced into the North and only in the context of their impact on Northern Thai thinking and living.
Swanson 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 University of
Maryland (1987) and a Ph.D. from the Melbourne College of Divinity,
Melbourne U. (2003). He is an ordained Presbyterian minister, a member
of the Suwanduangrit Church steward of two websites: herbswanson.com
(devoted to Thai church history) and orientalismstudies.com(devoted to
the study of ideological Orientalism).
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