International Conference, “Historical Monuments and Modern Society,” December 1-2, 2018, Shanghai University
Call for Papers: International Conference, “Historical Monuments and Modern Society,” December 1-2, 2018, Shanghai University
Expressions of interest are invited for an international conference, “Historical Monuments and Modern Society,” to be held at Shanghai University, Shanghai, China,on December 1-2, 2018. The organizers plan to collect select conference papers in an edited volume, to be published in English by a major academic publisher, in addition to special issues of two refereed (SSCI and/or A&HCI listed) academic journals.
Organizers: The Wellington Koo Institute for Modern China in World History, in collaboration with the Department of History at Fudan University, and the Centre for South Asian Studies based in the College of Liberal Arts at Shanghai University.
Registration Fee: There is no registration fee for the conference.
Room and board: The cost of room and board during the conference will be covered by the conference organizers.
Travel expenses: Conference participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.
From modern times, ancient monuments around the world have been re-evaluated as embodying important aspects of modernity within a complex milieu of local, regional, national, and international forces. For example, “the creative endeavors of the East,” such as ancient rock sculptures, were promoted by an influential group of elites around the globe as a source of inspiration—variously described as modern, rational, and spiritual—“fully equal, if not superior, to Western products of corresponding kind.” On the other hand, the modern recoveryof ancient monuments has arguably produced a new wave of destruction, as evidenced by the ongoing controversies over the removal of artifacts from their original sites and their appropriation through tourism and virtual reality technology.