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Taiwan Research Programme
London School of Economics and Political Science
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London, WC2A 2AE


Professor Stephan Feuchtwang

Dr Fang-Long Shih

Cultural Heritage

Eight Infernal Generals

The Eight Infernal Generals in Matsu Islands
Picture copyright Fang-Long Shih

Steering Committee



Heritage lies at the junction of past, present and future. It is a set of cultural practices and ideas selected from the past, represented in the present, and interpreted for its further realization in the future. The projects included here will examine the processes of the formation and transformation of the notion of heritage and the practices it encompasses. Hopefully the events and programmes we host will also contribute to the dynamic study of 'heritage' in formation.

'Heritage' is entwined with the interpretation of histories, the construction of memories, the re-invention of traditions, the formation of identities, monumentality, ideologies and social mythology, and the making of place and culture. It is a term loaded with expectations that extend from social inclusiveness, local identification, to national legitimacy, further through debates on imperialist and colonialist pasts to transcend national borders and to encompass the commodification of local products and sites in global marketing, and finally approaching the deconstruction of the heritage concept itself.

The LSE Taiwan Research Programme is interested in questions such as the following: What are the processes through which practices and locations are transformed into heritage? What are the strategic processes of claiming similarities and connections or differences and disruptions between aspects of heritage from different periods? Why are some local resources selected as heritage and not others? To what extent does heritage function as a resource through which disparate and unstable pasts and presents are sewn together? To what extent is the heritage industry in Taiwan succeeding in fashioning a new vision of Taiwan? How might heritage practices in Taiwan be compared with similar practices elsewhere?


Thursday 28 November 2013, 5pm-7pm, NAB1.14, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
Jingjing  Yang (School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey): Social Conflict in Communities Impacted by Tourism: one-year ethnographic fieldwork in Kanas, Xinjiang, China