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Overview of RianThai

Rian Thai is a non-profit, research journal support by Chulalongkorn University under a yearly budget allocated to the Institute of Thai Studies with a strong intention to promote Thai and Tai Studies and to support Thai Studies researchers who have focused their field of interest connected with Thailand. Accordingly, the journal is open to research regarding Thai and Tai ethnic groups and also to research relating to Tai or Thai, even though not located in Thailand.

Rian Thai has an experienced editorial team from a variety of fields: Humanities, Social Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Engineering, Medical Science, Education, Public Health, Politics, Natural Resources. The editorial team also comprises scholars from all over the world, currently encompassing: China, Korea, Japan, India, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Apart from the editorial team, the journal maintains contact with prominent professors in specific fields that relate to the articles to be published in order to help meet international standards of research. The article to be published should be original and should not have been published elsewhere under the same title. Every article is blind reviewed by at least two peer reviewers, at least one from the editorial team.

Rian Thai, published annually with 10-15 articles in each volume, includes subject matter that either come from intensive research by scholars or as part of an advance degree thesis or dissertation. In order to promote new Thai Studies scholars and interdisciplinary researchers, at least fifty percent of the journal is reserved for young and new scholars in Thai Studies.

The subject of the articles is generally in one of the following:

  • Thai Studies – both as area studies and a specific field of study
  • Tai Studies – both area studies and some specific topics, such as Linguistic, Literature, Ethnography, Anthropology, Sociology, Politics, Health Science
  • Buddhist Studies and Thai Buddhism – For Buddhist Studies the research should be performed in the Thai region and help to understand Tai-Thai Buddhism
  • Current issues regarding Thailand in a global context
  • Trends and critical theory on a subject in the Tai-Thai region
  • Regional and comparative research, of which Thailand is a major subject of the research or that aims for an understanding of Tai-Thai




RianThai International Journal of Thai Studies is published in 2 versions, Print and Online. The Print Version was first published  Vol.1 in 2008  (ISSN 1906-4241). The Online Version was published in 2017 (ISSN 2886-8810)

Executive Editors

Peter Skilling

École française d’Extrême-Orient, Bangkok

Prakong Nimmanhaeminda

The Royal Institute

Editor In Chief

Associate Professor Suchitra Chongstitvatana, Ph.D.

Director of Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University

Language Advisor

Frederick B. Goss

Independent Researcher

Journal Administrator

Supparerk Ruckchart

Thai Studies Institute

Editor List


Suchitra Chongstitvatana

Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University,Editor-in-Chief

Editorial Board

Suchitra Chongstitvatana

Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University,Editor-in-Chief

Prakong Nimmanhaeminda

The Royal Institute

Peter Skilling

École française d’Extrême-Orient, Bangkok

Honorary Editors

Bryan Pak-Nung Wong

University of Bath

Elizabeth Moore

School of Oriental and African Studies

Guang Xing

Hong Kong University

Hayase Shinzo

Waseda University

Hwang Soonil

Dongguk University

Justin McDaniel

University of Pennsylvania

Kunio Kondo

Tokyo University of Technology

Pranee Kullavanich

Chulalongkorn University

Prapod Assavavirulhakarn

H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Foundation

Siraporn Na Thalang

The Thailand Research Fund

Sukanya Bamrungsuk

Thammasat University

Sunait Chutintaranond

Chulalongkorn University

William J. Klausner

Institute of Security and International Studies

Yukio Ikemoto

The University of Tokyo

Zhao Rong-guang

Zhejiang Gongshang University