'Past and future meets at present'- tradition at play in urban renewal: a case study of Xintiandi, Shanghai

Fengqi Qian

Deakin Uni

Dr Fengqi Qian is lecturer in Chinese at Faculty of Arts, Deakin University. Her research interests are in heritage, history and memory, with particular focus on China. In the past Qian worked on a number of research projects funded by the Australian Government, on globalisation, development and conservation of Asian cities; the ‘difficult heritage’ in Asia and the Pacific, as well as cultural heritage site significance, interpretation and management in China and Australia. Qian presented and published her research on China’s cultural heritage and cultural practices at international conferences and in scholarly journals; and also authored chapters in academic books. Qian's current research is on the perceptions and representations of tradition, as well as memorisation of the past, in the 21st century China.


Tradition and modernisation are often seen as a binary opposition. In urban development, traditional built form is often seen as incompatible to modern way of life. However, in a globalized era, the idea that tradition is a... [ view full abstract ]


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C. Deep Ecology and Ethics


C1 » Cultural Heritage and Sustainability (11:00 - Saturday, 11th July, Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre D2.193)



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