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Every schoolchild in Thailand can now access their heritage online. Oldest Thai Studies journal founded in 1904 free online & can be used in school reports. 



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Siam Society journal now available to all

9/07/2012

The Journal Of The Siam Society, the oldest and most prestigious academic publication in Southeast Asia, has taken a major step by making all of its contents available online.

A total of 99 volumes with more than 2,000 articles running to over 30,000 pages of scholarship can now be perused, free of charge, by ordinary members of the public.

JSS, as it is often known, first appeared in 1904 and is still going strong. The current issue and all back issues, published over a period of 108 years, can now be accessed via http://www.siam-society.org/OJS/index.php/JSS/index.

The Journal was the first to publish English-language translations of the Sukhothai inscriptions, the Ayutthaya chronicles, the Burmese chronicles, King Chulalongkorn's letters to one of his daughters, the testimonies of Siamese war captives taken to Myanmar, plus excerpts from a host of foreign-language accounts of Siam such as that by the Dutchman Jeremias Van Vliet.

The pages of this respected periodical have at times hosted fierce academic controversies over such subjects as the transliteration of Thai into English (with King Vajiravudh as a contributor) and the authenticity of the Ramkhamhaeng Inscription.

Its early issues contain fascinating pieces by foreigners about adventures they had in Siam and discoveries made about Thai culture, including articles by G.E. Gerini, Erik Seidenfaden, Reginald Le May, W.A.R. Wood and Francis Giles.The great administrator/historian Prince Damrongrajanubhab was a major early supporter and contributor, as were other intellectual royals such as Prince Dhani Nivat, Prince Wan Waithayakorn, Prince Naris and Prince Prem Purachatra.

George Coedes edited the journal for many years and headed a French contingent of contributors including Jean Burnay on archaeology and Robert Lingat on law.

The Journal also published pioneering and ageless scholarship on neighbouring countries by G. H. Luce (on Myanmar), Charles Archaimbault (on Laos), Nai Pan Hla (on the Mon), and Sao Saimong (on the Shan States). 

Readers can trace the development of Thai history in the pages of the JSS with contributions from Kachorn Sukhabanij, Michael Vickery, David Wyatt, Thamsook Numnonda, Hans Penth, Yoneo Ishii, Michael Smithies and many others. Other notable contributors have included MC Subhadradis Diskul on archaeology, Phya Anuman Rajadhon on folklore and customs, Kraisri Nimmanhaeminda on cultural topics, Chetana Nagavajara on literature, Sulak Sivaraksa and Peter Skilling on Buddhism, Baas Terwiel and Anthony Walker on anthropology, William Gedney and James Chamberlain on linguistics and Piriya Krairiksh on art history.

The Journal continues to publish pioneering work on a regular basis.

A recent issue covered the first international symposium on the Dvaravati era. The centenary issue, due out later this year, will be the first dedicated to heritage preservation in Thailand.

Bilaibhan Sampatsiri, president of the Siam Society, had this to say: "This is a big step for such an established journal. Today, academic articles must be on the web."

We want to make JSS accessible to everyone, not just those with a university affiliation.

(Source: Bangkok Post, PUBLISHING, Siam Society journal now available to all, 9/07/2012, link


Thai Studies Vocabulary
 
Thai Studies - research on the country of Thailand including "history, anthropology, religious studies, political science, Thai language, Thai literature, and musicology ... sometimes includes research on Tai ethnic groups living outside of Thailand such as the Shan or Tai Lu of Sipsongpanna in Yunnan, China as well as ethnic groups such as the Mon who have long inhabited the area of modern-day Thailand" (See Wikipedia)

Siam Society - an organization under royal patronage "founded in 1904 in cooperation with Thai and foreign scholars to promote knowledge of Thailand and its surrounding region", Thai Studies started with this organization and its academic journal สยามสมาคม (See Website)

Journal Of The Siam Society (JSS) -
a journal with articles that study every aspect of Thai culture that began in 1904

academic
- someone who teaches at a college, or who studies as part of their job นักวิชาการ
academic
publication

academic journal - a publication that publishes articles on research done by specialists in various areas (science, economics, Thai studies) most or whom are lecturers and professors at universities (See Wikipedia)

open access - "the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles. OA is also increasingly being provided to theses, scholarly monographs and book chapters" (See Wikipedia)

open access academic journal -
academic journals that everyone can get and read for free over the internet (See Wikipedia)

prestigious - famous, admired and respected by people ที่มีชื่อเสียง ที่ได้รับความนับถือ

taken a major step

contents - what is inside something จำนวนของสิ่งที่บรรจุอยู่
online - connected to the internet

contents available online
online contents

scholarship - research and the serious formal study of a subject and the knowledge you get from doing this (See Wikipedia)
scholar -
 someone who does "scholarship", who studies a subject deeply and knows a lot about it

perused -
look at, look at everything in a book or document quickly and think about it (maybe wanting to read or look at some parts in more detail)
free of charge - free

issue - 1. one printing of a magazine or newspaper for a certain date, week or month; 2. to give or provide something official แจกจ่าย

current - of the present time ปัจจุบัน
current issue

back issues - issues from the past (not the current issue)

accessed - used; entered

The Journal Of The Siam Society, the oldest and most prestigious academic publication in Southeast Asia, has taken a major step by making all of its contents available online. A total of 99 volumes with more than 2,000 articles running to over 30,000 pages of scholarship can now be perused, free of charge, by ordinary members of the public. JSS, as it is often known, first appeared in 1904 and is still going strong. The current issue and all back issues, published over a period of 108 years, can now be accessed via http://www.siam-society.org/OJS/index.php/JSS/index.

respected - admired by many people for your qualities or achievements ที่เคารพ
fierce - very intense and very aggressive
fascinating - extremely interesting น่าหลงใหล, มีเสน่ห์

Sukhothai - "an early kingdom in the area around the city Sukhothai, in north central Thailand. The Kingdom existed from (1238-1438). The old capital, now 12 km outside of New Sukhothai in Tambon Mueang Kao, is in ruins and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage historical park" ราชอาณาจักรสุโขทัย  (See Wikipedia)

inscription - some writing on stone as a record of an achievement or to honour some person (See Wikipedia)
Sukhothai inscriptions -
the many inscriptions of Sukhothai are the main source for writing its history (See article on vocabulary)

chronicle - historical chronicle
Ayutthaya chronicles -
the historical record of the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya, mainly describing warfare and events at the royal court
Burmese chronicles -
the historical record of the ancient kingdoms of Burma, mainly describing warfare and events at the royal court (See Wikipedia)

testimonies - descriptions of what a person saw and experienced
war captives -
war prisoners; people captured during warfare 

excerpt -
a part of a larger text; a small text taken from a larger text
a host of -
many
excerpts from a host of

accounts - detailed descriptions of something that has happened การให้การของพยาน
accounts of Siam

The Journal was the first to publish English-language translations of the Sukhothai inscriptions, the Ayutthaya chronicles, the Burmese chronicles, King Chulalongkorn's letters to one of his daughters, the testimonies of Siamese war captives taken to Myanmar, plus excerpts from a host of foreign-language accounts of Siam such as that by the Dutchman Jeremias Van Vliet.

periodical - a magazine or journal that comes out regularly (every week, month or year, for example)  
respected - when many people like something (approve of it and look up to it)

respected periodical

controversy - a strong disagreement about something
academic - having to do with schools, teachers, scholarship and research

academic controversy - an argument about some research or topic of scholarship

fierce -
with people fighting and being very emotional about it
fierce controversies -
very strong and emotional disagreements, fights and arguments

hosted
- to provide a place where some event or activity happens
hosted fierce academic controversies

transliteration - to use one alphabet (such as English) to write the words of another alphabet (such as Thai) to make the words easier to understand
transliteration of Thai into English  

contributor -
a writer with some writing in some publication
contributions
- 1. articles that a person provides to a magazine or journal and are published there; 2. tsomething that you do or give to help make something successful การช่วยเหลือ

Ramkhamhaeng Inscription - the most famous Sukhothai inscription (See Wikipedia)

authenticity - whether something is real or a fake created by someone to look like it is real
authenticity of the Ramkhamhaeng Inscription

The pages of this respected periodical have at times hosted fierce academic controversies over such subjects as the transliteration of Thai into English (with King Vajiravudh as a contributor) and the authenticity of the Ramkhamhaeng Inscription.

Prince Damrongrajanubhab
- the first great historian of Thailand, also an able and important government administrator (See Wikipedia)

intellectual - the ability and activity of thinking about things in a deeper more intelligent way than normally, especially difficult or complicated ideas or subjects (See Wikipedia)
intellectual royals

Its early issues contain fascinating pieces by foreigners about adventures they had in Siam and discoveries made about Thai culture, including articles by G.E. Gerini, Erik Seidenfaden, Reginald Le May, W.A.R. Wood and Francis Giles.The great administrator/historian Prince Damrongrajanubhab was a major early supporter and contributor, as were other intellectual royals such as Prince Dhani Nivat, Prince Wan Waithayakorn, Prince Naris and Prince Prem Purachatra.

George Coedes edited the journal for many years and headed a French contingent of contributors including Jean Burnay on archaeology and Robert Lingat on law.

The Journal also published pioneering and ageless scholarship on neighbouring countries by G. H. Luce (on Myanmar), Charles Archaimbault (on Laos), Nai Pan Hla (on the Mon), and Sao Saimong (on the Shan States). 

trace - to discover the cause or origin of something by examining the way in which it has developed สืบหาร่องรอย  to follow the same route or path that someone else used before ตามรอย ตามทาง
development - the gradual growth and formation of something
trace development

notable
notable contributors

folklore - traditional stories, sayings and beliefs from a country, region or local community (See Wikipedia)
customs - traditions; things that people have done for a long time

Readers can trace the development of Thai history in the pages of the JSS with contributions from Kachorn Sukhabanij, Michael Vickery, David Wyatt, Thamsook Numnonda, Hans Penth, Yoneo Ishii, Michael Smithies and many others. Other notable contributors have included MC Subhadradis Diskul on archaeology, Phya Anuman Rajadhon on folklore and customs, Kraisri Nimmanhaeminda on cultural topics, Chetana Nagavajara on literature, Sulak Sivaraksa and Peter Skilling on Buddhism, Baas Terwiel and Anthony Walker on anthropology, William Gedney and James Chamberlain on linguistics and Piriya Krairiksh on art history.

pioneering - research or discovery that is the first of its kind (example: the company did pioneering work in making the first mobile phones)
pioneering work
publish pioneering work

regular
- happening every day, week, month or year (at "regular" intervals or periods of time)
on a regular basis - Same

The Journal continues to publish pioneering work on a regular basis.

international - between countries; including many countries  ระหว่างประเทศ
symposium - a conference or large meeting in which experts and acadmics discuss a subject in detail

international
symposium - a large meeting bringing together experts on a topic

Dvaravati era - a period in history before the Sukhothai period: "from the 6th to the 13th centuries. Dvaravati refers to both a culture and a disparate conglomerate of principalities" ทวารวด (See Wikipedia)

centenary issue -
an special issue of a magazine or journal to mark the 100th anniversary
anniversary

dedicated
- 1. believing that something is very important and giving a lot of time and energy to it ซึ่งอุทิศตัวเพื่อ  อุทิศให้ (a dedicated teacher ทรงเป็นพระอาจารย์ซึ่งทรงอุทิศพระวรกายในการให้ความรู้กับนักเรียน); 2. used for only one kind of work or for one purpose

heritage
- features belonging to the culture of a particular society, such as traditions, languages, beliefs, art or buildings, which still exist from the past and which have a historical importance มรดก มรดก ประเพณีที่ตกทอด
preservation
- keeping something as it is, especially in order to prevent it from being damaged or destroyed การสงวน

heritage preservation -
includes preserving important things from the past such as buildings, places, texts, movies, recordings, etc (See Wikipedia)

dedicated
to heritage preservation in Thailand

A recent issue covered the first international symposium on the Dvaravati era. The centenary issue, due out later this year, will be the first dedicated to heritage preservation in Thailand.

established - has existed for a long time ก่อตั้่ง be in a successful position over a long period of time มีตำแหน่งที่มั่นคง
established journal

accessible
- can be used by
accessible to everyone

affiliation
- a connection with a political party or religion, or with a larger organisation การผูกพัน
university affiliation - being connected to a university in some way as a student or a lecturer, etc adn therefore able to read everything in the library

Bilaibhan Sampatsiri, president of the Siam Society, had this to say: "This is a big step for such an established journal. Today, academic articles must be on the web. We want to make JSS accessible to everyone, not just those with a university affiliation.

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