Workshop “Words of Heritage in Urban and Architectural Projects in Indonesia and Thailand: Circulation, reception, creation” – December 7th, 8th and 9th, 2015 – CMU Art Center, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

Program Workshop Patrimots ChiangMai_Dec2015-2_Page_1Workshop “Words of Heritage in Urban and Architectural Projects in Indonesia and Thailand: Circulation, reception, creation”

Date : December 7th, 8th and 9th, 2015

Place : CMU Art Center, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Organizers research centres: The Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University (Thailand), UMR AUSser Research Unit (CNRS, France), UMR Prodig Research Unit – Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (France), Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville    (ENSA-PB)


 Main sponsors:   French Ministry for Culture and Communication, UMR AUSser Research Unit (CNRS)

Program : Program Workshop Patrimots ChiangMai_Dec2015-2

This workshop will question the relevance of imported notions regarding heritage conservation in Thailand and Indonesia. Specialists from Thailand, Indonesia and Europe will gather during these two days to exchange their ideas and analyses on this topic. It aims at shedding new light on discrepancies (or similarities) between local and internationalized heritage discourses and practices. Our approach will consist first in analyzing the reception of four imported notions: “Heritage”, “Intangible Heritage”, “Heritage City”, and “Cultural Landscape” through past and present projects in Thailand and Indonesia. We will focus on the reception of external cultural features: circulation, appropriation or rejection, localization that produces a distinct, hybridized outcome.

This workshop will give a rare opportunity to have a deeper and better understanding of major texts of law, regulations, institutional documents as well as texts produced by group communities, through applications, negotiations, etc. The first morning will be dedicated to presentations of ongoing research of each group that has been conducted since our last workshop in Yogyakarta. One session in the first day’s afternoon will then enable each working group to discuss and exchange views on the use of these imported words in a collection of texts and projects selected as case studies. The second morning will be dedicated to joint discussions that will lead to broader debates on the Thai and Indonesian experiences in comparative approach. A discussion of the thematic group focusing on the urban, legal and representative aspects will be held on the last afternoon.

This research will develop a comparative approach that identifies the uniqueness of heritage practices in non-western countries. It aims at establishing a process likely to enlighten the level of critical reflexivity in these contexts, crossing analysis of projects, speeches and the relevant actors in heritage practices. Other Southeast Asian cases, such as Cambodia and Malaysia, will be proposed for heritage area studies in the near future. All papers will be given in English.

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