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Welcome to the International Conference on “Imagining the Future: Community Innovation and Social Resilience in Asia”.

Introduction

What will the future city be like in the Asian context? Globalization has brought profound changes and uncertainties to Asian cities, and has led to the transformation of communities in terms of their physical, social, and cultural space. While some groups are beneficiaries of change, often specific communities are marginalized, due to such factors as ethnicity, gender, age, and family and religious status. In an era of change, cultural diversity and traditional capital, together with eminent vicissitudes are important resources and are critical in stimulating more creative energies. This conference seeks to ask: What are some of the new tensions as society integrates and/or diversifies? How do individual agency and community innovation contribute to a new urban existence? What are the institutional and cultural reservoirs that foster social resilience? Are there alternative modernities? This international conference provides an interdisciplinary forum on which scholars critically examine and imagine the future city together.

Date

Conference: 23-24 February, 2017 (Thursday-Friday)

Optional fieldtrip: 25 February, 2017 (Saturday)

Venue

Yasumoto International Academic Park (YIA), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Themes

Conference subthemes include:

  1. Built Environment
    1. Conservation and construction of heritages
    2. Dis/integrating neighborhoods
    3. Public/private space and urban life
    4. Leisure, play, and recreation
  2. Cultural Practices
    1. Media and cultural identities
    2. Art and social engagement
    3. Religions and rituals in an intercultural city
    4. Food and health as cultural resource
  3. Social Groupings
    1. Forms of migration and marginality
    2. Ethnicity and gender frameworks
    3. Youth/ageing communities as innovators
    4. Family and parenthoods

Other topics relevant to the theme of the conference but not included in the above list are also welcome.

Organizer:
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Centre of Urban History, Culture and Media, under Institute of Future Cities (IOFC), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Conference Sponsors:

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New Asia College, CUHK

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Chung Chi College, CUHK

Co-organizer:

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Gender Studies Programme, CUHK

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Department of Anthropology, CUHK

Exhibition Partners:

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Department of Psychology, CUHK

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Equator

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Lensational

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Multiculturalism in Action Project, CUHK

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The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong

Research Partner:

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Oi!, Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Fieldtrip Partner:

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St. James’ Settlement

Performer:

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Talents Displaced

Sponsors:

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The Chinese University Press

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Hong Kong Tourism Board

Cover photo credit:

David Law@Flickr