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Susan Conway’s recent and upcoming lectures and events:
For more information e-mail: sc@susanconway.com
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Lecture. ‘Textiles: Shan and Lan Na Supernaturalism’.

Susan Conway will be presenting a paper ‘Textiles: Shan and Lan Na Supernaturalism’ at the Textile Symposium ‘Endangered Textile Traditions’ on 18th to 19th January 2013 at The School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh St. London WC1H 0XG. An accompanying exhibition, curated by Edric Ong of Malaysia will be held at the Brunei gallery, SOAS. For information call 0207 898 4046 or e-mail:  e.gallery@soas.ac.uk
Textiles: Shan and Lan Na Supernaturalism.

Thai Textile Society Lecture in Bangkok February 2013.

Details to be announced on the Thai Textile Society web site. For information:  http://www.thaitextilesociety.org 
Thai Textile Society Lecture in Bangkok.

Lecture. ‘Tai Supernaturalism: Recent Research’.

Tuesday, 12th February 2013. Lecture by Susan Conway at the Alliance Francaise in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Susan Conway, Tai Supernaturalism.

Presentation of recreated royal Lanna costumes.

Saturday, 3rd November 2012. Court dress has always expressed the authority and power of its wearer.  As tribute to Susan Conway, the author of “Power Dressing”, a volume that accompanied the eponymous exhibition in Bangkok, Mr. Bhatt will give a presentation of recreated royal Lanna costumes. These are richly brocaded, embroidered and some decorated with gem-like stones. Some of these items were tokens of tribute and gifts exchanged between royal families. Mr. Bhatt owned several original Lanna court outfits and possesses deep knowledge of them. The replicas are magnificent, and we’ll be able to view them without concern of damaging the fragile treasures which are now in museums.
Group photo at a temple in Keng Tung, 2011.
Group photo at a temple in Keng Tung, 2011.
In Shan States presenting a copy of my book "The Shan" to the abbot of a temple in Keng Tung, 2011.
In Shan States presenting a copy of my book "The Shan" to the abbot of a temple in Keng Tung, 2011.
Delegates for the Shan Academic Panel at the Conference on South-east Asian Studies, Swansea 2009.
Delegates for the Shan Academic Panel at the Conference on South-east Asian Studies, Swansea 2009.

Lecture. ‘The magic in Burmese art’.

A talk by Susan Conway to be given on Saturday 15th February 2014 at Paddock Art Studios, Paddock Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1TW.  Tickets £4.00 - free to LADVAA members. http://paddockartstudios.co.uk For information call Paddock Studios on 01273 483 000 or e-mail Susan Conway:  sc@susanconway.com  Click to download poster as a PDF
The magic in Burmese art.
Group photo with princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles Conference in Bangkok November  2013. The proceedings, including an article by Susan Conway will be published in the April 2014 edition of Arts of Asia.
The Arts of Tai Magic

Lunchtime lecture at V&A. ‘Southeast Asia:  The Arts of Tai Magic’.

A free lecture by Susan Conway to be held on Wednesday 5th November 2014 at Victoria and Albert Museum, in the Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre. Lecture begins at 13:00 For information see the V&A website:  http://www.vam.ac.uk or e-mail Susan Conway:  sc@susanconway.com 
Tai Magic

Book Launch:  ‘Tai Magic.  Arts of the Supernatural in the Shan States and Lan

Na.’

Join us for a glass of wine, to celebrate the launch of Susan’s new book, at Ripe Village Stores. From 5pm - 7pm on Friday the 14th November 2014. Ripe Village Stores Church Lane, Ripe, East Sussex, BN8 6AS http://www.ripevillagestores.co.uk/ For information e-mail Susan Conway:  sc@susanconway.com  Book review in the Bangkok Post:  Read review...
SOAS Tai / Shan New Year Festival Poster

The 2109th Tai / Shan New Year Festival.  Academic & Cultural Presentations.

Sunday 23rd November 2014, 10am - 5pm.  All Welcome, free admission. Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London. For more information, see:  http://www.soas.ac.uk/cseas/events Click to download poster as PDF
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Magic textiles, a talk for the Oxford Asian Textile Group.

Wednesday 26th November 2014 - from 6pm. To be held in the Education Department of the Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH.  Accessed by the side entrance of the Museum via St Giles Street from 6 pm. Each talk will begin at 6.15 pm and be followed by a drinks reception finishing at 8.30 pm.  OATG members free, non members £3, no booking required. For more information, see:  http://www.oatg.org.uk/programme.htm
Detail, Hmong (Miao) baby carrier, Guizhou, S W China
Detail, Hmong (Miao) baby carrier, Guizhou, S W China Pitt Rivers Museum 2000.35.1 ©THE PITT RIVERS MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Tai Magic

Tai Magic.  Arts of the Supernatural.

Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 17:15 - 19:00.  All Welcome, free admission. Room B102, 1st Floor, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Russell Square - University of London. For more information, see:  http://www.soas.ac.uk/cseas/events
SOAS Logo Dr Susan Conway & Dr Martin Seeger

Tai Magic.  Arts of the Supernatural.

Earlier this year the Thai Forum at Leeds University, welcomed Dr Susan Conway from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Dr Conway gave a talk about how good and bad spirits are represented in figurative illustrations and how mystical diagrams and spells are formulated to bring good luck and protection or cause bad luck.  Picture (left) shows Dr Susan Conway with Dr Martin Seeger.   Click this link to watch the presentation. Please note all images are subject to copyright and must not be reproduced. Copyright Susan Conway.
The Anglo-Thai Society University of Leeds Tai Magic

Anglo Thai Society:  Thai Magic.  Talk and dinner.  

Thursday 21st May 2015, 6:00pm. Talk by Susan Conway on Thai Magic, and Dinner at the Suda Restaurant, Covent Garden.  £26 per person. Please contact Khun Saipan Lee at saipin.lee@ntlworld.com to reserve your place. Guests are asked to arrive from 6.00pm onwards for a start time of 6.30pm.  Places are strictly limited.
The Anglo-Thai Society

Siam Society Lecture in Bangkok.

November 5th 2015, 7:30pm. TAI MAGIC: Arts of the Supernatural. "Magic is common to all cultures. In some it is widely believed and practiced, in other societies barely perceptible. This lecture focuses on complex  magical-religious belief systems and their representation in 18th and 19th century Tai manuscripts, sculpture and textiles". Venue:  131 Asoke Montri Road, Sukhumvit 21, Bangkok 10110, Thailand Tel. +66 (0) 2661 6470-3, Fax. +66 (0) 2258 3491, e-mail: info@siam-society.org Websites: www.siam-society.org, www.siamese-heritage.org
Siam Society Lecture in Bangkok. Textile Society Lecture in Bangkok.

Textile Society Lecture in Bangkok.

November 6th 2015, 10:00am. History and Development of Thai Textile Collections:  Promoting Thai Culture worldwide. Venue:  William Warren Library, Jim Thompson Building 4th floor, 1 Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330 For more information e-mail: Wipawee.T@tilleke.com
Thai Textiles.

Tai Textiles and Gender: An Overview.

November 11th 2015, 1:30pm. Venue:  Department of Women's Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Huay Kaew Road, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand For more information e-mail: ariyasv@hotmail.com

Conversations with the Shaman: the Arts of Magic.

November 17th 2015, 7:30pm. Venue:  The British Consulate Hong Kong. Sponsored by:  The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong. Details from:  The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong: GPO Box 6681, Hong Kong. Email: director@rgshk.org.hk Website: www.rgshk.org.hk
Conversations with the Shaman: the Arts of  Magic.

Understanding Belief Systems: Tai Supernaturalism.

Held at the Women’s Interfaith Forum (WIN), Eastbourne, April 2016.

Shan Studies panel at the conference of the Association of Southeast Asian

studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University 16-18

September 2016.

Left to right: Dr Klemens Karlsson (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm) Dr Sai San Aik (Shan Literature and Culture Association, Yangon, Myanmar) Dr Susan Conway  (CSEAS, SOAS, London University) Dr Farouk Yahya (Islamic Art and Culture, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford) Dr Jotika Kur Yearn (SOAS Library, London University).

Burma Studies meeting, DeKalb Illinois 2016.