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International Conference on Managing Urban Cultural Heritage (MUCH)

1-4 October 2018

Bayview Hotel, Penang

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International Conference on Managing Urban Cultural Heritage (MUCH)

Cities are historically culturally diverse centres for knowledge, innovation and memory and act as a reflection of a society’s identity. They are composed of interconnected layers of natural and cultural, tangible and intangible, international and local values, and are constantly evolving and adapting. The complex and dynamic nature of a city makes the management of a living urban heritage extra challenging, yet meaningful.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of George Town and Melaka being inscribed as a World Heritage Site, George Town World Heritage Incorporated, the International Conference on Managing Urban Cultural Heritage will be organised from 1 to 4 October 2018 in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. The conference is supported by the State Government of Penang, Malaysia, with collaboration from Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO and the Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur.

Objectives
  1. To discuss management approaches and innovative strategies.
  2. To share creative and thought-provoking initiatives in all aspects of the management of urban heritage, including conservation, development and education.
  3. To encourage dialogue among stakeholders of heritage cities from a variety of backgrounds.
  4. To build a network of site managers, professionals working in heritage cities, and decision makers
Conference Program 

Day 1: Monday, 1 October 2018

Time

Program

08:00

Registration

08:50

Arrival of Chief Minister of Penang

09:00

Opening Session

Welcoming Remarks

Ang Ming Chee (General Manager, George Town World Heritage Incorporated)

Congratulatory Remarks

Moe Chiba (UNESCO Office Jakarta)

Opening Speech

YAB Chow Kon Yeow (Chief Minister, State Government of Penang)

Exchanges of Souvenirs

Group Photo Session

09:45

Press Conference and Tea Break

10:30

Keynote Session 1

“Disaster Risk Reduction for Urban Cultural Heritage Sites”

Rohit Jigyasu (UNESCO Chair Professor, Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Japan)

Questions and Answers

Moderator: Moe Chiba (UNESCO Office Jakarta)

11:30

Keynote Session 2

“Roles and Responsibilities of the Department of National Heritage Towards the Inscription of World Heritage Sites (UNESCO)

Zainah Binti Ibrahim (Heritage Commissioner of Malaysia)

Questions and Answers

Moderator: A. Ghafar Ahmad (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Session 1: Urban Archaeology

Moderator: Noel Hidalgo Tan (SEAMEO-SPAFA)

“Urban Archaeology in Malaysia: Leveraging Heritage”

Shaiful Shahidan (The Centre for Global Archaeological Research, Universiti Sains Malaysia)

“Manila and Banten beyond the European Narratives: A Case Study of Post-1500 C.E.”

Ellen Hsieh (National Tsinghua University, Taiwan)

“Archaeology of the Recent Past: George Town Case Study”

Charlotte Papillaud Looram (George Town World Heritage Incorporated, Malaysia)

Questions and Answers

15:00

Tea Break

15:15 

Session 2: Globalization and Sustainable Tourism

Moderator: Tengku Idaura Binti Tengku Ibrahim

“Sustainable Tourism Development, Historical City Centers, and Challenges to Urban Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean”

Mohieddine Hadhri (Centre for Mediterranean and International Studies, Tunisia)

“Dealing with Fluctuations in Tourism Demand at World Heritage Sites: Special Focus on the Himeji Castle World Heritage Site, Japan”

Yushi Utaka (School of Human Science and Environment, University of Hyogo, Japan)

Questions and Answers

17:30

Gather at Bayview Hotel Lobby

18:00

Welcoming Dinner

Macalister Ballroom, Level 5, Victory Annexe Wing, Eastern and Oriental Hotel.

Malaysian buffet style dinner, with variation of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, will be served at the backdrop of live local music. The Heritage Wing of the hotel was built in 1885 and consists of Moorish minarets and soaring echo-dome lobby which provides the backdrop for khaki-clad doormen and pith-helmeted bellhops to welcome guests to its elegant suites.

19:30

End of Day 1

Day 2: Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Time

Program

08:30

Registration

09:00

Session 3: Disaster Risk Reduction

Moderator: Rohit Jigyasu

“Fire Disaster Mitigation of Wooden Cultural Heritage and Historic City at Kiyomizu Area, Kyoto Japan”

Takeyuki Okubo (Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Japan)

“Toward Resilience Yangon”

Khin Aye Yee (Operations Officer, World Bank Myanmar)

“Strengthening Urban Planning and Management in Mozambican Coastal Cities”

Maria Olanda Bata (Mozambique)

Questions and Answers

10:30

Tea Break

10:45

Session 4: Challenges and Opportunities in World Heritage Site Management

Moderator: Montira Unakul (UNESCO Bangkok Office)

Panelists:

  • Ang Ming Chee (Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca, Malaysia)
  • Jahyoung Choi (Jongmyo Shrine, Republic of Korea)
  • Phan Thanh Hai (Complex of Hué Monuments, Vietnam)
  • Saveuy Silavanh (Town of Luang Prabang, Laos)

12:15

Lunch

14:00

Site Visits: Exploring George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site

17:00

End of Day 2

Day 3: Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Time

Program

08:30

Registration

09:00

Session 5: Education and Capacity Building

Moderator: Muhammad Hijas Sahari (George Town World Heritage Incorporated, Malaysia)

“Creative Cultural Education: How Students Can Engage Meaningfully with Heritage”

Chen Yoke Pin and Adeline Chua (Arts-ED, Penang)

“Kaki Lima the Card Game: Play and Learn”

Goh Choon Ean (Luma, Malaysia)

“Conserving Ever-Changing Cities in Southeast Asia: Four Key Lessons of Training Courses by The Getty Conservation Institute”

Jeff Cody (Getty Institute, USA)

Questions and Answers

10:30

Tea Break

11:00

Session 6: Conservation of Objects and Collections

Moderator: Haryany Mohammad (Director, Penang State Museum)

“The Conservation of Three Chinese Banners a Long Way from Home: Chung Wah Banner, Perth, Western Australia, Strangman Banner, Waikerie, South Australia and Beechworth Banner, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia”

Kristin Phillips (Artlab Australia)

“The Conservation Project of the Great Dragon Banner”

Jui-Lien Fang (The Institute of Cultural Heritage Preservation Research, Bureau of Cultural Heritage, Taiwan)

“Library Collections and Conservation Works: A Briefing”

Chiam Yan Tuan (Centre for Malaysian Chinese Studies, Malaysia)

Questions and Answers

12:30

Lunch

14:00

Session 7: Oral, Video and Site Documentation

Moderator: Chuah Ai Kheng (George Town World Heritage Incorporated, Malaysia)

“Cherita George Town: The Story of Initiating an Oral History Project in a Multicultural Asian UNESCO World Heritage Site”

Kuah Li Feng (Studio Good Think, Malaysia)

“Video Documentation Project of George Town”

Tang Siang Ching (Image Farm, Malaysia)

“Documentation for Protestant Cemetery/Measured Drawing”

Tan Chin Ling (Ori Green Design Studio, Malaysia)

Questions and Answers

15:30

Tea Break

16:00 

Session 8: Rejuvenation of Urban Heritage

Moderator: Moe Chiba (UNESCO Office Jakarta)

“The Benefits of a Risk Assessment Approach in Rapid Condition Surveys: The Case Study of the Archaeological Site of Meroe, Sudan”

Theocharis Katrakazis (Independent Researcher)

“The Potential of Neglect: Creating Authentic Spaces in the Historic Buildings of Changing Cities”

Clare Chandler and Ross Turnbull (Working Heritage, Australia)

“George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site Heritage Habitat Seed Fund”

Lee Cheah Woon (George Town World Heritage Incorporated)

Questions and Answers

17:00

End of Day 3

Day 4: Wednesday, 4 October 2018

Time

Program

09:00

Registration

09:30

Session 9: Online Mobilization in Heritage Management

Moderator: Josephine Jalleh (George Town World Heritage Incorporated, Malaysia)

“Crowdsourcing for 3D Cultural Heritage for George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site”

Eugene Ch’ng (Director, NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality, University of Nottingham)

“Social Media as the Virtual Army for Urban Heritage Conservation”

Parastoo Eshrati (School of Architecture, University of Tehran)

Questions and Answers

10:30

Tea Break

11:00

Session 10: The Way Forward

Closing Report

Ang Ming Chee (General Manager, George Town World Heritage Incorporated)

Closing Remarks

Moe Chiba (UNESCO Office Jakarta)

Group Photo

12:00

Farewell Lunch

13:00

End of Day 4

Departure of Participants

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