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“Islanding Hong Kong” Workshop

Exhibition Period
Jul 23, 2022
Exhibition date and time
Sat to Sat, 3pm - 5pm
Exhibition Place

In this workshop, participants will be invited to explore how an island-based perspective could lead to new, and perhaps unexpected, ways of looking at and thinking about Hong Kong. The workshop will briefly explain the interest of island studies, an interdisciplinary approach to understanding islands “on their own terms”, and suggest several ways in which such an approach could be relevant to thinking about the history and future of Hong Kong. The exploration will be supported by illustrations from historical records, development plans, cartographic and census data, and contemporary artwork and photography. Under two broad themes, island logic and island life, we will examine how “islandness” has shaped the history and development of Hong Kong and discuss how an island(er) perspective could inform and contribute to a vision of Hong Kong’s social, political, economic, and ecological development in the 21st century.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own illustrations along to the workshop.

> Date: 23.7.2022
> Time: 3pm – 5pm (Sat)
> Place: Room 745, 7/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
(MTR Exit C)
> Registration: https://bit.ly/3OZF9tQ 

*The workshop will be conducted in English.

About the speaker:
Born in Switzerland, Otto Heim has lived in Hong Kong since 2001, teaching English literary studies at the University of Hong Kong. His interest in island studies evolved from his research on indigenous and postcolonial literature and culture in Oceania. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Shima and co-organized the second Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos conference, held at HKU in March 2016, and the symposium “The Space Between: Creativity, Performance and Impact in Contemporary Island Societies”, hosted by the School of English at HKU in December 2018. He lives in Mui Wo.

23/7 (Sat)
3pm - 5pm “Islanding Hong Kong” Workshop