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Heritage-Hong Kong 2018 : The IAFOR Conference on Heritage – Hong Kong 2018


When Dec 5, 2018 - Dec 7, 2018
Where Hong Kong University
Submission Deadline Sep 24, 2018
Categories    heritage   culture   arts & humanities   history

Call For Papers

It is with great excitement that IAFOR and the 2018 Organising Committee announce the inaugural IAFOR Conference on Heritage Hong Kong 2018. This interdisciplinary event is held in partnership with Hong Kong University, and held on their wonderful downtown campus, in one of the most exciting cities on earth from December 5-7, 2018. Put the dates in your diary, submit your abstract, register early, and join delegates from around the world in Hong Kong later this year!

***Conference Theme: "Heritage"

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 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, which poses issues of ethics such as property rights, political control in totalitarian regimes, and endangerment under the pressure of globalising forces.

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!

– The Heritage–HongKong Organising Committee

Professor Umberto Ansaldo, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Professor 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


***Key Information

Location & Venue: The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong
Dates: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 ​to Friday, December 07, 2018
Conference Theme: "Heritage"
Early Bird Registration Deadline: August 24, 2018*
Final Abstract Submission Deadline: September 24, 2018
Registration Deadline for Presenters: October 24, 2018
Conference Website:
*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates.


***Call for Papers

The conference theme for Heritage–HongKong is "Heritage", and the organisers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.

Submissions are organised into the following thematic streams:

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

Submit your abstract through the conference website:


***Registration Details

Register as a presenter if you are listed as the author or co-author on a paper that has been accepted for presentation. To register, select a Registration Package using the options at the bottom of the page. Registration for events such as cultural tours and the Conference Dinner is included as part of specific Registration Packages. To register as an audience member, please view the Audience Registration page. If you have any questions about registration please visit our FAQ page.

Registration as a presenter or audience member:


***IAFOR Publishing Opportunities

**Peer-Reviewed Journal: IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies

The IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies ( is an editorially independent journal associated with IAFOR’s conferences on education. The strongest papers from associated Conference Proceedings may be considered for publication after revision and there is an open call for papers for consideration. This Open Access journal, which conforms to the highest academic standards, reflects the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences.

**Conference Proceedings

After having your abstract accepted and presenting your research at the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official Conference Proceedings. Our Conference Proceedings are Open Access research repositories that act as permanent records of the research generated by IAFOR conferences. Further details are available here:


THINK (, The Academic Platform, is IAFOR's online magazine, publishing the latest in interdisciplinary research and ideas from some of the world's foremost academics, many of whom have presented at IAFOR conferences. Content is varied in both subject and form, with everything from full research papers to shorter opinion pieces, interviews and media-themed articles.


***About IAFOR

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is a research organisation, conference organiser and publisher dedicated to encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating intercultural awareness and promoting international exchange, principally through educational exchange and academic research.

To learn more about IAFOR, please visit

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