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Call for papers: Conference at Lund University 17-18 June, 2015

February 15, 2015 - 00:00

Cultural Heritage in China: Contested Understandings, Images and Practices
The conference is open to scholars who study the multifaceted and complex understandings and uses of cultural heritage and its everyday manifestations in contemporary China.
 
Call for papers

In an increasingly diverse Chinese society there is today a multitude of actors
that celebrate diverse identities, representations of the past and heritage sites. These actors include local governments, cultural heritage bureaus, tourism companies, the media, scholars, and different civil society groups and local communities. The official cultural heritage discourse is today contested through alternative understandings, although the different actors have different cultural, political and economic capital to make their voices heard and shape heritage policy, management and use. Local communities for example often celebrate local cultural and religious identities and traditions at heritage sites, or at sites not always recognized as such by the state. Negotiations and conflicts over the meaning and management of heritage sites and place-making occur in the interface of an authoritarian state, market forces, and globalization, where the Internet, social media, and film, play important roles in shaping and mediating the debates, images and celebrations.
 
Cultural heritage policies, debates and practices in China are still a relatively under-researched topic but are drawing increasing attention among scholars in China and abroad. The conference is open to scholars who study the multifaceted and complex understandings and uses of cultural heritage and its everyday manifestations in contemporary China. It invites contributions from different disciplines and fields, including heritage studies, cultural studies, anthropology, urban studies, Sinology, and media and communication studies. Scholars are encouraged to submit abstracts on a range of topics, including but not confined to, the topics below:
  •     Cultural heritage policies and debates, including official policies, debates in the media and on-line, and civil society activism
  •     Cultural heritage and identity politics
  •     Religion/ethnicity and heritage
  •     Tourism and heritage
  •     Gender and heritage
  •     Heritage as lived cultural practices at the village and neighbourhood level
  •     Urbanisation and heritage
  •     Heritage as ethical practice, linked to commitment to local cultural sustainability and recognition
  •     The new ways through which the cultural heritage is mediated, visualized, and digitalized, for example in community videos, documentary films, traditional media and on the Internet
  •     Cultural heritage discourses in the context of China and beyond
 
The conference will have a total of around 15 paper presenters. Interested participants are encouraged to send in an abstract of max 500 words by February 15. Full papers are expected by May 31. The aim of the conference is that selected conference papers will be published either as a special journal issue or as a book.
 
The conference will take place at Kulturen, an open-air museum in Lund established in 1892. The conference will pay for accommodation and meals for all accepted participants, and there is also the possibility for a few selected participants to have their travel/flight tickets funded by the organiser. This request should also be made at the time of the submission of abstract.
 
Deadline for abstracts is 15 February.
Abstracts and inquires about the conference should be sent to: [email protected]
 

 

Call for papers: Conference at Lund University 17-18 June, 2015

Details

Date:
February 15, 2015
Time:
00:00