05.07.2015 - 00:00:00
“Dimensions of the city. Cultural perception of urban spaces in East Asia” - The Urban Systems Group at ICAS 9 in Adelaide
The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is an international gathering in Asian Studies and Asia-related research. The Urban Systems Group organized an institutionalized panel on “Dimensions of the city. Cultural perception of urban spaces in East Asia” at ICAS 9 in Adelaide, July 5 - 9, 2015, together with Lena Maria Scheen from Shanghai.
The panel presentation at ICAS 9 aimed to present the group’s interdisciplinary approach towards Asian studies and to gain evaluation of the theoretical framework by peers from diverse backgrounds. ICAS includes researcher on Asia with and without a formal education in Asian Studies thus opening the field to a number of colleagues with innovative approaches. It is in close cooperation with the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA) and hence provides an even better platform for networking for researcher in urban systems than the longer established and more prestigious AAS for example.
The Urban Systems Group each presented on a different perspective on the city, pinpointing in how culture is shaping a city as well as being shaped by a city. With Beate Loeffler’s introduction on how to make sense out of the Asian city methodologically, Katharina Borgmann elaborated on the Chinese city, and Deirdre Sneep focused on their Japanese counterpart. Lena Scheen’s keen comments led over to a fruitful discussion between scholars from all over the world, which started an exchange of ideas and experiences among the scholars and laid the foundations for future collaborations.