Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage

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Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage
31 March – 4 April, 2016
Taipei, Taiwan
Call for papers: 30 November 2015

In the context of rapid cultural and economic globalisation, over half of the World’s population now live in urban areas. Through rural migration, new economic opportunities and enhanced global mobilities, cities and towns have expanded dramatically resulting in challenges to their character and identity. ‘Inheriting the City’ invites academics, policy makers and practitioners to consider the ways that heritage is being protected, managed and mobilised in rapidly changing and pressurised urban contexts. This multidisciplinary event will explore the type of heritage, both tangible and intangible, that cities and towns will pass to future generations, and the processes through which the heritage of cities is being re-made, re-presented and re-used.

The conference will be held March 31 – April 4, Taipei City, Taiwan in the magnificent Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and will bring together academics, policy makers and practitioners from across the globe for a stimulating five days of presentations, study visits, discussions and networking . We are pleased to announce that the conference will be opened by keynote speakers Lai Chee Kien, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and Tim Winter, Research Professor at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne.

The Ironbridge Institute for Cultural Heritage aims to provide critical dialogue beyond disciplinary boundaries and we invite papers from all disciplines and fields including, but not limited to: anthropology, architecture, archaeology, art history, cultural geography, cultural studies, design, ethnology and folklore, economics, history, heritage studies, landscape studies, leisure studies, museum studies, philosophy, political science, sociology, tourism studies, urban history, urban/spatial planning.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Innovative modalities of protection and planning urban heritage
• Community approaches to and uses of, urban heritage
• City based tourism and visitor economies of urban heritage
• Urban heritage as a form of social resistance
• Heritage as city memory
• Cosmopolitan urban heritage and re-creating identities
• Global and mega-city competition through heritage
• Revitalising the city through heritage
• Sub-urban and sub-altern heritage
• Urban spaces, traditions and intangible heritage

For the full call for papers, broad themes, and further information, please visit our conference website.

To submit a paper, please send a 300 word abstract to as soon as possible but no later than 30 November 2015.

This conference is organised by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, in association with: National Taiwan University, National Taiwan Normal University, National Central University and National Taipei University of Education.

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