Traditionalism, Colonialism and Modernism: Asian Heritage Transformed 2013

Harold White Theatre, 757 Swanston Street

Drawing on the expertise of researchers, designers and advocates from across South East Asia and Australia this two day symposium will examine recent trajectories in heritage practice, teaching and thinking in Asia. It will focus on the conservation of buildings as well as the wider context of urban and cultural heritage and will address the immediate challenges confronting the field today.

Coordinated by Dr. Amanda Achmadi, Lecturer in Architectural Design (Asian Architecture and Urbanism), ABP


Wednesday 2 October

5-6pm: Welcome and introduction

Thursday 3 October

10am - 12.30pm: Contesting legacies: Colonialism and nationalism in Asia's built heritage, chaired by Professor Paul Walker
Dr Tim Winter, Deakin University - Time to change the climate: Architecture, colonial heritage and low carbon futures in Southeast Asia
Mr John Ting, University of Melbourne and Mr Mike Boon, Arkitek JFN and Sarawak Heritage Society - From the Kuching Courthouse to Fort Alice and beyond: The beginnings of heritage conservation in Sarawak
Mr Revianto B. Santosa, Universitas Islam Indonesia- Integrating heritage, urbanism and nationalism: The case of Vredeburg Fort in Yogyakarta

2 - 4pm: Vernacularism, urbanism, postcolonial modernism of Asia's built heritage, chaired by Dr Amanda Achmadi and Dr Andrew Saniga
Mr Yori Antar, Architect, Han Awal & Partners - The Waerebo legacy: Participatory restoration of the vernacular house and the living culture in Manggarai, West Flores, Indonesia
Ms Khoo Salma Nasution, Penang Heritage Trust - George Town: Cultural dislocation, social fragmentation and the aesthetics of heritage
Dr Gerard Lico, University of the Philippines - Disneyfication of demolition: Philipine built heritage under threat
Professor Emeritus Ken Taylor, Australian National University - The historic urban landscape paradigm and cities as cultural landscapes: An Asian perspective

5 - 6:30pm: Affiliated Public Event - Reimagining urban culture and space in Indonesia: a panel discussion, presented by the Indonesia Forum, University of Melbourne
The panel discussion will examine the dynamic interactions between urban space and cultural practice in contemporary Indonesia. Panelists include; Dr Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Jakarta Institute of Art, 2013 Walter Mangold Visiting Fellow, Yori Antar, Han Awal and Partners, Honorary Member of the Indonesian Institute of Architects, Revianto Budi Santosa, Indonesian Islamic University, and Dr Amanda Achmadi, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne. The panel will be chaired by Dr Edwin JurriĆ«ns, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne.

This event is part of The Festival of Ideas. Booking is essential.

Friday 4 October

10am - 12pm: Difficult Heritage in Asia, chaired by Associate Professor Anoma Pieris, ABP.
Professor Emeritus William Logan, UNESCO Chair in Heritage and Urbanism at Deakin University - The battles of Binh Ba and Long Tan, Vietnam: Difficult war heritage and the disconnect between significance and memorialisation
Dr Keir Reeves, Monash University - What is remembered, what is forgotten? Reading a heritage precinct for its difficult heritage, Luang Prabang, Laos
Dr Fengqi Qian, Deankin University - Interpreting the atrocity past through commemorative landscape: a case study of the Nanjing Massacre Memorial

1.30 - 2.30pm: Professor Emeritus William Logan, UNESCO Chair in Heritage and Urbanism, Deakin University - Reflection on Australia's engagement with the development of heritage conservation policy and practice in Asia. Chaired by Professor Philip Goad.

Afternoon tea and farewell

This event is supported by the Indonesia Forum