Second Call for Papers – Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage
31 March – 4 April, 2016
Taipei, Taiwan
Second Call for Papers: 20 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 in the magnificent Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei City, Taiwan, and will bring together academics, policy makers and practitioners from across the globe for a stimulating programme 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 International 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.

Broad themes include:

• Heritage as city memory
• 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
• 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

Please submit a 300 word abstract to: as soon as possible, but no later than 20th November.

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.