Postgraduate Student Conference

Postgraduate Student Conference
27-May-2016 - 28-May-2016
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Room 419, Knowles Building, Pokfulam Road, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Urban and Architectural Translations in Modern Asia Postgraduate Students Conference

Urban and Architectural Translations in Modern Asia Postgraduate Students Conference

Throughout the history of Asian modernity, various forms of translation have been employed in acts of cultural production as well as moments of political, economic, as well as social engagement. These modes of translation have played particularly significant roles in the development of urban and architectural forms throughout the 19th and 20th centuries amid interactions between the so-called “East” and “West”, the Global South and North, as well as between different societal groups within the region.

This conference is organized around the theme of translation and the various disciplinary questions it inspires: how can we historicize and theorize acts of translation in relation to Asia’s built environments? How have different modes of architectural representation been incorporated into acts of cultural translation? How can we envision the future of translation given the rise of digital technologies in architectural production and discursive exchange?


Esra AKCAN (Cornell University):  Architecture in Translation and a ‘Global’ History of Architecture

Ken Tadashi OSHIMA (University of Washington): Found in Translation


Esra AKCAN, Cornell University

Thomas DANIELL, University of Saint Joseph

Tejaswini NIRANJANA, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society

Ken Tadashi OSHIMA, University of Washington

Mary MCLEOD (Columbia University)


Mansoor AHMED, Middle East Technical University
Endriana AUDISHO, University of Technology Sydney
CAI Xiaoxiao, University of Leuven
Marta CATALAN, The University of Hong Kong
Sylvia CHAN, The University of Hong Kong
Yin-Lun CHAN, The University of Hong Kong
Chris COWELL, Columbia University
CHU Lai Jing, Columbia University
Lori Marie GIBBS, University of Pennsylvania
Fauzy ISMAIL, National University of Singapore
LIU Yuanyuan, Edinburgh College of Art
LONG Chao, Nanyang Technological University
Héctor Muñoz ROMEO, Taiwan Normal University
Mushab Abdu Asy SYAHID, Universitas Indonesia
XU Liang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Conference schedule:

DAY 1: 27 May 2016, Friday (Venue: Knowles Building, KB 419)

9:30 – 10:00      Registration
10:00 – 10:15    Introduction

10:15 – 11:00    Opening Keynote Lecture: Architecture in Translation and a ‘Global’ History of Architecture (Esra Akcan, Cornell University)

11:00 – 12:30    Panel 1. Translating Texts (Discussant: Esra Akcan)

14:00 – 15:50    Panel 2. Translating Architectural Forms (Discussant: Ken Oshima)

16:00 – 17:50    Panel 3. Translating urban forms (Discussant: Tejaswini Niranjana)

DAY 2: 28 May 2016, Saturday (Venue: Knowles Building, KB 419)

9:00 – 10:50      Panel 4. Translating practices (Discussant: Thomas Daniell)

11:00 – 11:45    Keynote Lecture: Found in Translation (Ken Tadashi Oshima, University of Washington)

11:45 – 12:30    Round table Discussion (Esra Akcan, Thomas Daniell, Mary McLeod, Ken Tadashi Oshima)

Organising Committee:

Marta CATALAN, Sylvia CHAN, Yin-Lun CHAN

Faculty Advisers:

Cecilia CHU, Cole ROSKAM, Eunice SENG, Weijen WANG


All are welcome



The conference is funded by the Postgraduate Students Conference/Seminar Grant of the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong. It is supported by the Faculty of Architecture and the Department of Architecture in the University of Hong Kong.