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HERITAGE IN ASIA - International Conference

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  • Alan A. Lew
    International Conference HERITAGE IN ASIA CONVERGING FORCES AND CONFLICTING VALUES 08-10th January 2009 Asia Research Institute, National University of
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 5, 2008
      International Conference

      HERITAGE IN ASIA
      CONVERGING FORCES AND CONFLICTING VALUES

      08-10th January 2009
      Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

      Rapid economic and social change across Asia today means the region's heritage is at once under threat and
      undergoing a revival as never before. Expanding infrastructures, increasing incomes, liberalizing economies and the
      lowering of borders, both physical and political, are all converging as powerful forces transforming Asia's social,
      cultural and physical landscapes. But as the region's societies look forward, there are competing forces that ensure they
      re-visit the past and the inherited. In recent years the idea of 'heritage' – both natural and cultural – has come to the
      fore across Asia, driven by a language of identity, tradition, revival, and sustainability. For some, heritage has become
      an effective means for protecting those landscapes, rituals, artifacts or traditional values endangered by rapid socio-
      economic change. For others, it has emerged as a valuable resource for achieving wider goals such as poverty
      alleviation, nation building or the cultural profiling of citizens. And yet for others, heritage protection is an obstacle
      inhibiting progress, national unification, or the shedding of unwanted memories.

      Hosted in Singapore, Heritage in Asia: Converging Forces and Conflicting Values examines heritage in
      relation to the broader social, environmental and economic changes occurring across Asia today. Moving beyond
      sector specific analyses, we define heritage in holistic terms and include the natural and cultural, the tangible and
      intangible. We strongly welcome contributions which consider the validity of current heritage theory for
      understanding contemporary Asia, and where appropriate, offer new conceptual and analytical directions. We also
      encourage submissions from researchers who offer insights into the connections between heritage and social
      development, urban studies, post-conflict reconstruction, migration/diaspora, trans-national capitalism, human rights,
      or popular culture. The conference provides the interdisciplinary platform necessary for making sense of the broader
      contexts and forces surrounding heritage in Asia today; and, in so doing, offers an innovative look at the rapid and
      complex socio-cultural changes now occurring across the region.

      See Attached for Further Details
      Abstract Submission Form Available at:
      http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=814


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