Post-colonialism & Reinterpretation of Industrial Heritage
We use the term 'post-colonial' to cover all the culture affected by the imperial process from the period of colonization to the present day. Since the beginning of industrialization, the development of more and more new industries has changed urban and rural landscapes all over the world. The process of birth, growth and decline of such industries has been even more dramatic and fast‑coursed by the colonization of the world. It is still visible in the remaining industrial monuments; it is also alive in the structure of a landscape which was formed over centuries by industrial activities and the development of technical infrastructure. Thus, as the first TICCIH congress held in Asia, we would like to explore the industrial heritage in relation to post-colonialism - to see the industrial heritage of others from various points of view and to seek possible solutions to the massive industrial impact on landscapes in the present day.
In the west, ‘regeneration through heritage’ has a long development since the 1960s. In Asia, it is a relatively new concept for urban and regional development. Different attitudes towards post-colonialism have also affected the life of industrial heritage and social development of the society. In addition, there are some countries which just started their industrialization. Therefore, it is the time to review the industrial heritage development and to look for a dynamic and sustainable development of the industrial world in the future.
The congress theme ‘Post-colonialism & Reinterpretation of Industrial Heritage’ aims at these close connections between historical, political, racial, environmental, economic, technical, and social issues of industrial heritage in our modern world. It will be a forum for presentations and discussions on these issues and for realized, actual and planned projects as well as concepts for possible solutions of these problems. Therefore, the congress and its planned sessions will be open for participants from all scientific and administrative fields and institutions which deal with historical, political, ecological, economic and heritage problems of industrial monuments and industrial landscapes. The key-sessions and sub-sessions will be defined later.
The conference will begin with four keynote speakers from Europe, USA and Asia. They will give introductions and overviews on general topics about the main theme of the congress. Moreover, the conference will be open for free organized sections (3 to 5 papers) and poster sessions for presentations on the results of new research and development projects in this field. The poster sections will be presented with an exhibition of Expo of Industrial Tourism.
In addition to the conference, a congress excursion and post-conference excursions are planned. The congress excursion will take participants to Taichung Creative and Cultural Park (a reused winery and the office of Headquarters Administration of Cultural Heritage), Changhua Fan-shape Railway Workshop and Xihu Sugar Factory. The optional post-congress excursions will bring participants either to the industrial heritage of southern Taiwan such as sugar factories, salt field and its museum, a steel factory and a yacht making factory or to the industrial heritage of northern Taiwan for mining sites (Gold Ecological Park, Jingtong Mining Industry Museum and Taiwan Coal Mine Museum), water supply system (Taipei Water Park), railway workshops and so on. Several social events are also planned during the congress. Some of the site information is avaiable on the Link.