Sarat Centenary College, India
Closing Date: November 30, 2019
Two-Day Interdisciplinary International Seminar on Heritage, Culture & Identity: Re-Negotiating Spaces of Memory in a Time of Rapid Urbanisation.
Since the 1990s, after the effects of Globalisation started spreading all over, the process of urbanisation has entered rapid stage of acceleration. As per global data, 54% of total global population was living in urban areas in 2014 and it is projected that by the year 2050 the figure will reach 66%. This is probably the largest urban growth wave that the world has ever witnessed in its history. However, such rapid growth wave has created huge impacts on the heritage and culture of both the urban and rural spaces. Along with the question of environmental conservation, the question of conservation of tangible and intangible heritage, as two of the important components of cultural environment, is now one of the greatest challenges of our times. Balancing the requirement of rapid urbanisation, especially in places marked by high population density, with the need for conservation of cultural and environmental heritage has made this challenge even more difficult.
The dynamics have been continuously mutating the cultural space and forcing individuals to undergo a process of redefining their identities induced by the changing cultural space. Thus, in this time of rapid urbanisation, hybridisation is the most common form through which new spaces are emerging to redefine our relations with our heritage – whether tangible or intangible – around us and this, in turn, is forcing us to re-configure the patterns of culture and identity, in which memory as linked with space, plays a crucial role. Such changes also inevitably raise questions of agency, social hierarchy, and sustainability which demand nuanced answers that take into account diverse variables.
This interdisciplinary international seminar proposes to bring together researchers from various fields working in the disciplines of architecture, humanities and social sciences to deliberate on the following keywords and subtopics.
Keywords: rapid urbanisation; heritage; culture; memory; identity
Subtopics (indicative only, not exhaustive):
Rapid Urbanisation and Heritage / Cultural Space / Identity
Rapid Urbanisation and Migration / Cultural Demography / Economy / Environment
Heritage and Spaces of Memory / Culture / Identity
Heritage and Civic Awareness / Policy Implementation / Digital Initiatives
Rapid Urbanisation / Heritage and their Representation in Literature / Media
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