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Symposium: Politics and Poetics of Asian Intangible Cultural Heritage
Date: 16-17 October 2009 

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is co-organizing an international symposium entitled Politics and Poetics of Asian Intangible Cultural Heritage with the Centre for Anthropological Research (Social Science) .
Details are as follow:

Date & Time: October 16 & 17, 2009, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Venue: Room 1121, 11/F, K. K. Leung Building

For the abstracts of each paper. please see:

Contact Persons:
Registration - Ms. Christy Ho, Research Assistant, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts (
Convener - Dr. Manolete Mora, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts/Acting Director, Centre for Anthropological Research, Faculty of Social Science (
Title - How safe is safeguarding? Issues of Intangible Cultural Heritage in a changing world
Presenter - Shubha Chaudhuri (American Institute of Indian Studies, Delhi)
Title - Tending the boundaries of Intangible Cultural Heritage: The case of the Jing minority’s Hat festival on the Sino-Vietnamese border in Guangxi, China
Presenter - Cheung Siu-woo (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Title - Authenticity and authority: Conflicting agendas in the preservation of Korea’s Intangible Cultural Heritage
Presenter – Keith Howard (University of Sydney)

Title - Lak ga Kam and Kam Intangible Cultural Heritage (China)
Presenter - Catherine Ingram (University of Melbourne)
Title - Transnational politics and poetics in the revival of Chinese death rituals
Presenter - Kuah-Pearce Khun Eng (University of Hong Kong)
Title - From habitus to heritage: The Hudhud and the Tudubulul epics (Philippines)
Presenter - Manolete Mora (University of Hong Kong)
Title - Cantonese opera as local Intangible Cultural Heritage: Constructing the learning experience in formal education in Hong Kong
Presenters - Dorothy Ng, Joseph W. I Lam, Eva S. Y. Chan (University of Hong Kong)
Title - Turning the intangible into the tangible: An experience with ‘Literature of Voice’ in the Philippines.
Presenter: Nicole Revel (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris)
Title - Politics and poetics of Intangible Cultural Heritage: The case of Hong Kong within/out China
Presenter - Yu Siu Wah (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Title - Constructing past and future: Homeland, gender and technology in music of West Java, Indonesia
Presenter - Wim van Zanten (Leiden University)

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