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The 2nd International Conference on Heritage of China  

2018, Suzhou


Confronting the challenges of economic globalization and cultural homogenization, we are addressing the vexed question that many countries have commonly faced: how and to which extent we can ensure the continued existence of heritage, while conserving the uniqueness of different communities’ identities and celebrating the diverse values of mankind. The Living Heritage, a people-centered and everyday-life oriented conservation approach to cultural heritage management, may just offer us a new insight as to how to balance the delicate dynamic between preserving our cultural inheritance and making changes to them.

Following the inscription of Gulangyu on the World Heritage List in the 41st World Heritage Congress 2017, the total number of China's world cultural heritage sites has reached 36 (including cultural landscapes), which is front rank of the world. The conservation of cultural heritage has gradually become the main vehicle for the development and rejuvenation of the Great Chinese Nation and has played a pivotal role in the recent national strategic initiatives such as "One-Belt-One-Road".

On the occasion of the 30 anniversary of China’s first batch of the world heritage sites being inscribed on the list in 1987, it is necessary to review and recognize the achievements and experiences of China. The Heritage of China Conference is inviting researches to raise the discussions focus on the fields of heritage and conservation principles and concepts, preservation and conservation practices, heritage legislation and management, transformation of historical built environment and revitalization of traditions in the process of rapid urbanization, furthering our scope research on heritage studies and conservation practice.

For these important research issues, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, the Administrative Committee of Suzhou National Historical and Cultural Famous City Protection District, University of Liverpool (UK) work collaboratively to hold the Second China International Conference on Heritage of China – under the theme "Continuity and Celebration of Living Heritage of China ", due to take place from 6th -9th September 2018 in Suzhou, China. Professionals and scholars from all over the world are warmly invited to attend and contribute, sharing your real-world experience in practice and/or research findings.



Call for Paper

Conference Theme: Continuity and Celebration of Living Heritage of China 

The conference is open for all relevant topics to heritage of China. The suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:

Topic 1: Heritage and Community: Living or Displaying? 

Topic 2: Inclusive Heritage: Reinterpretation and engagement  

Topic 3: Idea and Materiality: Transformation and Adaptation 

Topic 4: Values and Valorization of Cultural Heritage 

Topic 5: Technology and Heritage: Creativity in Heritage Management and Monitoring  

Topic 6: Creative Cultural Industry and Historical City 


Abstract Format:

All abstracts up to 400 words must contain a title, name(s) of the author(s) and contact information (institutional affiliation and email address). Authors should also provide the classifications number for their papers based on the given topics. Please use the template file for Author information and topic number.   

Submission Details: 

Please send your abstract to ichc2018@outlook.comwith a doc file named as ICHC+topicNo.+ Title.docx. Please identify your email theme with ICHC Abstract submission. 

Important Dates: 

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 2018 Jan.31

Abstract Acceptance Notification: 2018 Feb.28 

Selected full papers will be recommended to related journals for publication and the authors will be invited to do oral presentation on the conference.


Contact Information:  

Ms. HUANG (for English Inquiry) 

Mr. WU (for Chinese Inquiry)  

Tel: +86-0512-69379340 /69379339




Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Information on registration and accommodation will be notified soon, along with confirmed speakers. We are looking forward to seeing you in Suzhou in September 2018. 

The 2nd Internationa Conference on Heritage of China 2018 first round

Host Institutes:

Suzhou University of Science and Technology (SUST)

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) 

The Administrative Committee of Suzhou National Historical and Cultural Famous City Protection District

University of Liverpool (UoL) 

Organizing Institutes: 

Suzhou Institute for the Conservation of National Historic Cities

School of Architecture and Urban Planning of SUST 

Department of Architecture, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Department of China Studies, Research Institute of Urbanisation of XJTLU 

Academic support:

Urban and Rural Built Heritage Academic Committee under Architectural Society of China

Chinese Society of Cultural Relics, Committee on Twentieth-Century Architectural Heritage

Historical and Cultural City Committee of Chinese Society for Urban Studies 

Academic Committee of Urban and Rural Planning Govemance under Urban Planning Society of China

Cooperative Journals: 

China Architectural Heritage(Chinese)

Heritage Architecture(Chinese)

Architecture Reviews(Chinese)

Built Heritage

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