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Workshop: The Built Environment of East Asian Colonial Coastal Cities: 1840-1925
Date: 4-5 June 2010 

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures of the University of Hong Kong is organizing an international research workshop on the theme of The Built Environment of East Asian Colonial Coastal Cities: 1840-1925 to take place on 4 and 5 June 2010 at the University of Hong Kong.

Date: 4-5 June 2010
Location: Convocation Room, Main Building HKU

Participants conducting innovative research in comparative urban planning, architectural history, cultural geography and colonial history will examine the complexities surrounding the rapid transformation of architecture and space of China and Indochina’s coastal regions, predominantly affected by European, but also Japanese and American intervention. The focus is to explore spaces of power, trade, communication, education, transportation, public health, as well as visions of empire, class and race.

The workshop and resulting volume will investigate the relationship between the regional colonial built environment comprising but not limited to the following central themes:

• Interaction between space and people, with specific focus on power structures and expressions of imperial ideology
• Transformation of architectural language and transference of knowledge within global networks and on local levels
• The evolution of hybrid styles and the creation of new building types
• Interactions between colonizing powers and between colonizers and indigenous civilizations

As a significant contribution to this field of study, this workshop will also result in an edited volume that presents substantial new primary material and articulates innovative theoretical approaches to grammars of colonial built form and urban space.

Programme information:

If you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Ms Christy Ho at


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