HCMC – ‘Encounter’ Presents Two Lectures by Thanes Wongyannava

Posted on Friday 10 Jan - 2014

'Encounter' - Thanes Wongyannava

First lecture: The art of Buddhocentrism | Thu 16 Jan 2014, 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Second lecture: Truth, Self and Buddhocentrism | Tue 21 Jan 2014, 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Rm NZ0204 (2nd Floor)
Hoa Sen University

From the organizer:

‘ENCOUNTER’ talk series welcomes Thanes Wongyannava, Associate Professor from Thammasat University, Bangkok. He will be conducting two lectures on ‘Buddhocentrism’.

Thanes Wongyannava will discuss his ideas concerning ‘Buddhocentrism’, which embraces the idea of Buddhism as a system of ideas in contemporary life that has moved away from a focus on ‘enlightenment’ towards a belief in all things ‘delightful’ – meaning a focus on anything that entertains, satiates desire and is popularly in demand. He will look at how visual art illustrates such attitude, including an examination of how we understand the ‘self’ and ‘truth’ within such society.

Thanes Wongyannava (b. 1957), Associate Professor of Political Science, is a sociologist by training from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Cambridge University. He has been teaching politics and philosophy at the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University for three decades, and is also an editor for ‘Political Science Journal’ for almost two decades. Apart from writing on social and political theory of the twentieth and twenty-first century, he has also covered other diverse topics such as social history, Italian food in Bangkok and film critique on weekly newspapers. His latest book on Max Weber’s Politics as a Vocation and Asceticism was recently launched in June 2013. Thanes has also written articles for Thai artists, including Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and Natee Utarit. His latest article is “Natee Utarit: Persecution and the Art of Painting” in Natee Utarit: Illustration of Crisis.

Hoa Sen University
8 Nguyen Van Trang Street, W. Ben Thanh, District 1, HCMC

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