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Tamara Loos

Title: 
Professor of History and Asian Studies
T. Loos 2016

Tamara Loos is Professor of History and Asian Studies. Her most recent book, Bones around My Neck: The Life and Exile of a Prince Provocateur, narrates the story of Prince Prisdang Chumsai (1852–1935). He served as Siam’s first diplomat to Europe during the most dramatic moment of Siam’s political history, when its independence was threatened by European imperialism. Despite serving with patriotic zeal, he suffered irreparable social and political ruin based on rumors about fiscal corruption, sexual immorality, and political treason. In Bones around My Neck, Tamara Loos pursues the truth behind these rumors, which chased Prisdang out of Siam. Her book recounts the personal and political adventures of an unwitting provocateur who caused a commotion in every country he inhabited.

Current Projects: "Bones around My Neck: The Life and Exile of a Prince Provocateur," Cornell University Press, 2016. Current research and teaching projects include: history of marriage in Siam, the politics and sexuality of French sex radical René Guyon in Asia, and the athleticism-asceticism connection extreme sports.

Key Networks: Association of Asian Studies, SEAP Cornell, Cornell University Press, Thammasat University, Kyoto University

Topics of Interest: History of Thailand, sexuality and gender, life writing, the role of emotions and narrative in history, and extreme sports.

Email: 
tl14@cornell.edu
Phone: 
(607) 254-5332