Damnoen Techamai

Damnoen is a PhD candidate and a lecturer. In 2009 he received his MA
from the Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University (History
and Theory unit). During his years of graduate study, he worked as a
research assistant at the historical map laboratory where the studies
focused on historical and morphological inquiries, he was a teaching
assistant in architectural psychology courses at the same faculty and
he has spent his time working as an architect and graphic designer on
various projects in Chiangmai and Bangkok. Since 2012 he has been
conducting research and teaching at the Faculty of Architecture,
Chiang Mai University before he applied to study for the PhD in
research programme at the AA in 2016. His research interests centering
around the area of place and space, spaces of hybridity, and cultural
anthropology.

Thai Cultural Hybridity, the Example of Contemporary Weddings

Director of Studies: Mark Cousins Supervisor: Dr. Chittawadi Chitrabongs

My thesis aims to investigate the contemporary weddings in Bangkok which is categorised as one of a hybrid culture – a mixture of Western and traditional Thai culture at least on three levels: one is at the level of forms and spaces, second is at the level of expressions and the other is at the level of meanings or more precisely a relationship between two terms, a signifier and a signified. By using hybridity as a key concept to investigate the contemporary Thai weddings and their elements. The interpretation will mainly depend upon the anthropological interpretation of cultural analysis from all of the collected data through a range of cultural wedding materials. Image caption: Beautiful lace in traditional colour of 'white' for wedding dresses" Source: Maross, Dress Up Story, Chiang Mai, Thailand.