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Established in 1972 at Northern Illinois University by Dr. Clark D. Neher and Dr. Ladd Thomas, COTS was conceived as a kind of laboratory in which scholars, students and practitioners engaged in the study of Thailand could assemble to exchange ideas, share their research, and test the validity of their contentions and approaches to understanding Thailand.

Upcoming conference (2022)

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2022 Conference Dates: October 21-23, 2022

Host by University of Wisconsin, Madison. View the announcement

Note: This is the 50th anniversary of the conference.

Past Conferences


Hosted by Ohio University. Visit website

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Hosted by Northern Illinois University. Visit website

Note: The first-ever online conference.


Hosted by University of Wisconsin, Madison. View information

2016 to 2018

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Hosted by Ohio University

1972 to 2014

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