2008-2012: Kanokwan Gerini Kanokwan Gerini. (2012, Mulhouse, France) 

From Thêt Mahâ Ch'àtto Thêt Mahâ Ch'àt and Vice Versa: G.E. Gerini's Genetic Poetics of

the Real Image and the Mirror Image

With the power of the French genetic criticism approach as formulated and practiced by Louis Hay, Jean-Louis Lebrave, Pierre-Marc de Biasi, Henri Mitterand, Raymonde Debray Genette and the use of extant avant-textes and paralipomena, this study examines the dynamics and the interaction between the creative processes of the 'real image' and the 'mirror image' of the notion of the Thet Mahâ Ch'at in turn-of-the century Siam as mirrored by a multilingual Orientalist G.E Gerini in two different modes of writing : an expository version in a monograph on Siāmese State ceremony, A Retrospective View and Account of the Origin of the Thêt Mahâ Ch'àt ceremony (Mahâ Jâti Desana) or Exposition of the Tale of the Great Birth as Perform in Siam (1892) and a dramatic version in an Occidental-and-Oriental multilingual comic speaking play in Siāmese-Pāli-English-Chinese languages, the Thêt Mahâ Ch'àt episode of an ancient Siāmese narrative epic poem for the sep'ha recitation entitled Khun Cʽhāng Khun Pʽhën (1903) with the aim to highlight the unique genetic poetics of the author shown in the multilingual transgeneric, trangenetic and translation operations.



2008-2012: Kanokwan Gerini Kanokwan Gerini. (2011, Krakow, Poland)  

Rethinking Local Toponyms as Cultural Heritage : 'A Word of Advice' in Colonel G.E. Gerini's 'A Trip to the Ancient Ruins of Kamboja, 1902'

Partly through inability to correctly pronounce the native sounds, the new pronunciation and phonogram are applied to local toponyms or place-names almost all over South-East Asia by Europeans and half-ignorant natives, taken place of the original handed down by traditions. As each phonogram conveys a certain definite meaning, not only the pronunciation but also the signification and history of the place-name is thus falsified. This is 'a word of advice' by Colonel G.E. Gerini as echoed in almost all of his turn-of-the-century monographs on South-East Asia. The manuscript genetics of Gerini's 'A Trip to the Ancient Ruins of Kamboja, 1902' regarding the precision in the spelling of toponyms, the provision of the place-names in original Oriental languages and derivation of many such names, a task painstakingly undertaken for many years by Gerini, may serve as a tool to visualize the intangible cultural heritage in these 'time-honoured and history-consecrated' toponyms. 


 2008-2012: Kanokwan Gerini Kanokwan Gerini. (2010, Clermont-Ferrand, France)

G.E. Gerini’s ‘Tales of Rhizomatic Errantry’: Multilingually Spoken

This paper approaches Édouard Glissant’s ‘poetics of relation’ as conceptual criteria for implementing a synthesis of the late nineteenth-century tales of rhizomatic errantry about Siam by Colonel Gerolamo Emilio Gerini (1860-1913). The idea of errantry, as used here, is a collective thought that covers three identities, each as built in relation. The findings describe, firstly, the identity of Gerini, the author, as a relation identity which is extended through a relationship with the Other, secondly, the identity of his literary and cultural works as a dynamic web of multi-genre, multilingual, multicultural and multidisciplinary bodies and, third, the identity of Siam, where he lived, worked and enjoyed the ‘Relation’ for 25 years (1881-1906), as a ‘métissage’ or the meeting of the differences, multiplicities and diversities. Several of the examples used to consider and illustrate the dialectics of his ‘tales of errantry’ are drawn from his multilingual literary and cultural works ranging from language to custom-related literature, Buddhist literature, Siamese poetic tales, travelogue, diary, humor, riddles and drama. The synthesis can be applied both as an example of Glissant’s ‘Relation’ and as a perspective model to explore how the conception of the Orientalist, Orientalism and the Orient by Said should be rerouted. 

2008-2012: Kanokwan Gerini Kanokwan Gerini. (2009, Turin, Italy)

On the Literary Genetics of Siamese-Italian Relations : From Buddhist Scriptures, State Ceremonies to the Sovereignty of Siam

This paper attempts to discover and present the evidence of an extraordinary and noteworthy relation between Siam and Italy during the reign of King Chulalongkorn by observing the writing process, according to the literary genetic methods, of the published and unpublished literary works in English and Italian by G.E. Gerini - the unpublished Cremazione in Siam, 1888, and the published A Retrospective View and Account of the Origin of the Thet Mâha Chat Ceremony (Mahâ Jâti Desanâ) or Exposition of the Tale of the Great Birth as performed in Siam, 1892;and Chulakantamangala or the Tonsure Ceremony as Performed in Siam, 1895.The critical synthesis and analysis of Gerini's notes, sketches, drafts, manuscripts, and correspondence or the avant-texts enable us to reconstruct the process by which the texts come to be or the genesis of these works; hence the term "Literary Genetics" in the title, which explicitly reflect the respectful tasks Gerini did to secure the sovereignty of Siam.



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2008-2012: Kanokwan Gerini Kanokwan Rittipairoj (March 2005, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Thai-Italian Conference on Siamese Studies: The Mosaic of Genius: M.A.P (Military-Anthropology-Philosophy) 


วรรณกรรมสยามโบราณคริสต์ศตวรรษที่ 13-19: โมเสคฝีมือ ยี อี เยรินี




  2008-2012: Kanokwan Gerini Kanokwan Rittipairoj (March 2005, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)


Thai-Italian Conference on Siamese Studies: The Mosaic of Genius: M.A.P (Military-Anthropology-Philosophy)


เจ้านาย ขุนนางและข้าราชการสยามของข้าพเจ้า’: การศึกษาเอกสารจดหมายส่วนตัวของ เยรินีที่ชิซาโน ซุล เนวา





2008-2012: Kanokwan Gerini

Kanokwan Rittipairoj (May 2004, Turin, Italy)

CESMEO Congress: Thai-Italian Relations

A Mosaic of Gerolamo Emilio Gerini’s Soul and Siamese Literary Minds




2008-2012: Kanokwan Gerini Kanokwan Rittipairoj (2001, 2011 Bangkok)

The Siamese Pavilion in Turin Exhibition, BACC 

Colonel G.E Gerini : the Commissioner-General to H.M. the King of Siam at the Turin International Exhibition, 1911