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Dr. April Liu

UBC Museum of Anthropology
Participates in 1 Session
April Liu is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow for Asia at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC, Canada, with research interests in Chinese print culture, contemporary Asian art and visual cultures, and critical heritage studies. Since 2011, she has taught visual culture and art history at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. Liu also worked as an independent curator and event organizer in the United States, Canada, China, and Austria. In 2014, she served as a core event organizer for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to UBC, Vancouver. Liu completed her PhD in East Asian Art History in 2012 from the University of British Columbia. Her PhD dissertation, titled “Living Auspiciousness: the Resurgence of Mianzhu’s New Year Picture (Nianhua) Industry,” critiqued the transformation of Mianzhu, an ancient and rural woodblock-printing center, into a site of "national heritage" for global circulation and tourism. This interdisciplinary study involved extensive field research in rural China and is situated at the intersection of anthropology and art history. Her publications include the following: “Mianzhu’s Global Travels.” In Collected Works of Mianzhu Nianhua, ed. Hou Rong. Chengdu: Sichuan Fine Arts Publishing, 2012. “The Living Word: Xu Bing and the Art of Chan Wordplay.” In Xu Bing and Contemporary Chinese Art: Cultural and Philosophical Reflections, eds. Hsingyuan Tsao and Roger Ames. Albany: SUNY press, July 2011, 117-146. “Karaoke Hyperspace: Gu Xiong’s Red River as a Study of Place-making.” Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art 7.6 (2008): 78-87.

Sessions in which Dr. April Liu participates

Tuesday 7 June, 2016

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Sessions in which Dr. April Liu attends

Friday 3 June, 2016

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13:00 - 15:00 | 2 hours
Heritage as an Agent of Change (Epistemologies, Ontologies, Teaching)
17:00 - 19:30 | 2 hours 30 minutes
Festive Event

Saturday 4 June, 2016

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
9:00 - 10:00 | 1 hour
Public event
Simultaneous translation - Traduction simultanée

What if we changed our views on heritage? And if heritage has already changed? While, on the global scene, states maintain their leading role in the mobilization of social and territorial histories, on the local scale, regions, neighbourhoods and parishes have changed. Citizens and communities too: they latch on to heritage to express an unprecedented range of belongings that no law seems to be able to take measures to contain, often to the discontent of...

18:30 - 20:00 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Public event
Simultaneous translation - Traduction simultanée

Most of what we experience as heritage emerges into conscious recognition through a complex mixture of political and ideological filters, including nationalism.  In these processes, through a variety of devices (museums, scholarly research, consumer reproduction, etc.), dualistic classifications articulate a powerful hierarchy of value and significance.  In particular, the tangible-intangible pair, given legitimacy by such international bodies as UNESCO, reproduces a selective ordering of cul...

Sunday 5 June, 2016

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
7:00 - 8:45 | 1 hour 45 minutes
Public event

(In English) Chinatown, born in the second half of the 19th century, is a hub of commercial and sociocultural activities which showcases Chinese culture in Montreal. It has become, over time, an iconic landscape of the city’s cultural diversity. Jonathan Cha, urbanologist, landscape architect and doctor in both space and town planning, proposes a discovery tour allowing us to get acquainted with the history of the district and the decipherment of its landscape. _ Le Quartier chinois, né dans ...

14:00 - 15:30 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Co-Construction and Community Based HeritageHeritage Changes the Social OrderCitizenshipPublic event
Simultaneous translation - Traduction simultanée

"What does heritage change?" is a multifaceted  question to which the answer(s) are in primary respects related to real-life negotiations among different groups of citizens, cultures, races, ethnic groups, sexual identities, and social classes about received, official and/or widely accepted or accomodated intangible attributes, cultural traditions, historic monuments, buildings, and other transmitted or revived historical legacies. Heritage designated by and for whom, for what motivations, an...

Monday 6 June, 2016

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
15:30 - 17:00 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Public event
Simultaneous translation - Traduction simultanée

Le patrimoine fait aujourd’hui l’objet d’attentions autant que d’agressions et de destructions. Cela peut s’expliquer par les difficultés de son identification ou de sa conservation. Cela peut plus profondément s’expliquer parce que, dès le départ, il célébre un événement ou conserve une mémoire qui peut être ou devenir une source de dissenssions et de conflits politiques. Enfin, sa reconnaissance suscite des gains économiques pour les uns mais des pertes pour les autres. Mais peut-être...

18:00 - 19:00 | 1 hour
Festive Event