Five misunderstandings of a historic city and a forgotten perspective of cultural reorientation: a case study of Wuhan city

Ding, Yuan (2008) Five misunderstandings of a historic city and a forgotten perspective of cultural reorientation: a case study of Wuhan city. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Comparing with other Chinese cities, Wuhan may be the most typical Metropolis of China’s Cultural Reorientation. However, this city is used to being recognized with five misunderstandings, such as the confusing definition of the type of Historic-City, under-evaluation to its former five-foreign-concessions as well as early industrial heritage, but over-evaluation to the influence of its first republic revolution, and the location of its intangible heritage. These issues lead to one problem: a forgotten clue of cultural transformation, which had been working as a pusher of this city since 1861. According to the research of the author, the paper tired to open out the facts that how the new city’s spirit born from this change, and how the political influence cleared out the atmosphere of traditional identity. Moreover, the paper went deep to discuss the possibility of the World Heritage Application with Wuhan’s heritage around intercultural conflict.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Ding, Yuan
Languages: English
Keywords: historic town; urban renewal; intangible heritage; industrial heritage; cultural routes
Subjects: O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 07. Cultural routes
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Wuhan City, China
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 09:43
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2024 12:38
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UNESCO, February 2005, WHC/05/2: Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention

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Marie-Theres Albert (2001): Global Society and Local Identity

Feng Tianyu, 2002: Wuhan Moderization Study, Wuhan University press

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