ICAS12 – Crafting a Global Future / Kyoto (Japan) – 24-27 August 2021

The 12th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 12) will be held in the cultural heart of Japan – Kyoto, from 24-27 August 2021. The city is famous for its world-heritage sites, temples, gardens, palaces and craft centres. The main venue, the iconic, modernist Kyoto International Conference Centre, is set in a beautiful garden.

For queries about ICAS 12, please contact us at icas12@iias.nl.

Presentation

The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is a global platform enabling individuals and institutions from all over the world to come together to exchange views on a variety of issues pertaining to Asia. The Convention attracts participants from around 75 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. The meeting place for the twelfth edition of ICAS is Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto is famous for its world-heritage sites, temples, gardens, palaces, and craft centres. Kyoto Seika University (SEIKA) will be the main host of ICAS 12; it will partner with the city, Kyoto Prefecture, The Consortium of Universities in Kyoto, and the city’s museums and craft centres.

Events will include: panels and roundtable discussions, craft exhibitions, an Asian film festival and the ICAS Asian Studies Book Fair. With all these activities ICAS contributes to the decentring of Asian Studies while convening a global space in which Asia scholars and social and cultural actors from the whole world can directly interact. Participate at ICAS 12 and enjoy the multitude of networking opportunities, possibilities to share your research and to meet with publishers.

The main venue for ICAS 12 will be the iconic modernist Kyoto International Conference Center, set in a beautiful garden. Around 2000 Asia specialists and representatives of civil society are expected to attend.

Contribution membre UMR AUSser

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 : Pijika Pumketkao (membre associée IPRAUS/AUSser, ENSA Paris-Belleville) : Thai Urban Heritage in the Making : Words and Representations

The notion of “heritage of the community” (moradok chumchon) has entered into professionaldiscourse and has gained media attention in Thailand since the 1990s. As a reaction to the fearof a loss of local identity due to major urban restructuring, civil society organizations are takinginto consideration the heritage of the local communities which, until then, had been excludedfrom the heritage programmes of the national authorities. These organizations mobilize theconcept of “heritage of the community” to support competing interpretations of the heritage anddevelop the approaches towards citizen participation for asserting their right to manage localheritage. This marks a turning point in the way of considering heritage and designing theconservation project. This paper presents the results of my PhD thesis and recent research thatfocus on the role of activist organizations in the constitution of the heritage fi eld. It takes as thecase studies the projects led by the group Little People in Conservation (LPC) who plays aleading role in the reactivation of the expression moradok chumchon in the 2010s and in theinscription of Chiang Mai on the Tentative List of World Heritage of UNESCO. This paperexamines the strategy and actions of its leaders in regard to the concepts and principlesdeveloped by the national and international instances. The participatory approach of LPC isanalysed through the words and discourse of heritage and the iconographic representations, inparticular those of the “cultural mapping”, that are mobilized in its projects.




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