Conference Theme: "Heritage"
December 5–7, 2018 | The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong
Heritage studies have become a significant and well-identified area of both scholarly study and societal engagement. The management of artistic, cultural and intellectual resources is an increasingly difficult challenge that requires the ability to appreciate, and the skills to protect and conserve, the diversity of human production.
This conference aims to host and promote discussions about ways in which human heritage is perceived, described, as well as managed in contemporary society, with particular focus on Asian contexts. We are interested in highlighting the challenges in relation to intangible heritage, which poses issues of ethics such as property rights, political control in totalitarian regimes, and endangerment under the pressure of globalising forces.
We invite papers as well as panel proposals on the following topics:
- Descriptive/documentary approaches to intellectual heritage, in terms of thought, language, and cultural/artistic performances and traditions
- Heritage Perception and Management
- Challenging the Heritage Narrative
- Heritage and Film in Popular Culture
- Migration Networks and Heritage
- Heritage and the Digital World
- Heritage Tourism
- Heritage and Gender
The Local Context
Hong Kong has traditionally been associated as a meeting place of peoples, ideas and concepts; of clashes, fusions and synergies, including East and West, tradition and modernity, freedom and repression. After years of rapid development, modernisation and relative wealth, the notion of 'heritage' has started to gain currency, especially in terms of built heritage. However many forms of less tangible heritage are still poorly understood and overlooked in Hong Kong, China, and indeed throughout the world. Traditional crafts, musical heritage, minority languages, youth culture, and most recently liberal philosophies are all part of a heritage which Hong Kong, like many other places, might stand to lose. In this sense it is an ideal crossroads to meet and discuss regional trends and global conceptions of intangible and intellectual heritage, its challenges, its management, and its future.
The IAFOR Conference on Heritage – Hong Kong (Heritage–HongKong) is a multidisciplinary conference held at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.
In conjunction with IAFOR's Global Partners, including The University of Hong Kong (HKU), we look forward to welcoming you to Hong Kong!
Professor Umberto Ansaldo, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr Giorgio Biancorosso, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Professor John Carroll, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Professor Stephen Y.W. Chu, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Professor Donald E. Hall, Lehigh University, USA
Professor Nicole Huang, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr Yeewan Koon, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr Lisa Lim, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Professor Mark Pegrum, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.
The Organising Committee of The IAFOR Conference on Heritage – Hong Kong (Heritage–HongKong) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and oversee the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.
The Review Committee will be announced here shortly.
IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.
If you would like to apply to serve on the Heritage–HongKong Review Committee, please visit our application page.