The Singapore University of Technology and Design is proud to launch Dr. Samson Lim’s latest book Siam’s New Detectives (University of Hawaii Press, 2016).

Siam’s New Detectives presents an analytical history of the visual tools – from photographs and video to fingerprints and maps – employed by the Thai police when investigating crime. Covering the period between the late nineteenth century and the end of the Cold War, it offers fascinating insights into the development of modern police practices in Thailand and a window into the role of the Thai police within a larger cultural system of knowledge production about crime, violence, and history.


Dr. Samson Lim is an Assistant Professor of History at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.


Dr. Peter A. Jackson is Emeritus Professor of Thai history and cultural studies in the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific.

A light dinner will be served
RSVP: hass@sutd.edu.sg