IASTE 2002 Conference Description

(U N) B O U N D I N G  T R A D I T I O N :

The Tensions of Borders and Regions

Eighth Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments

The theme of the Eighth IASTE Conference is [Un]Bounding Tradition: The Tensions of Borders and Regions. The goal of this conference is to push the boundaries of the study of traditions, which has for the most part been grounded in neatly bounded regions defined by the academy, by regional genres of research or by the boundaries of separate disciplines.

The current moment of globalization, however, necessitates and provokes a remapping of such intellectual cartographies. The study of tradition, which has till recently been bounded by preordained geographical regions and accompanied by a belief in the inherent stasis of the “traditional” condition, has been challenged by the contemporary processes of migration, diasporas and hybrid cultures. At the same time, there is a growing recognition that despite porous borders and shape-shifting regions, despite e-freedom and e-trade, social and spatial fixities continue to intensify.

In a world bearing the premise of global citizenship, the legacy of political borders — and thus of identities — is creating unprecedented tensions between groups of people, which is manifested in practices of exclusion, segregation and conflict. But the border has always had a dual role, which, while defining the “other,” has simultaneously validated the self. It is not surprising that the very borders which once served to exclude and differentiate have now reemerged as celebrated icons of cultural overlap and political mediation.

IASTE’s Eighth Conference in Hong Kong, brings together over 130 scholars from a variety of disciplines to address these issues by presenting papers structured around three broad themes: Reconfiguring Regions, The Space of Borders and The Tensions of Ethnicity and Hybridity.

We would like to thank our principal sponsors in Hong Kong, the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, and the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley.

We hope that you will all find this year’s conference in Hong Kong a rewarding experience.

Nezar AlSayyad                                                                        David Lung
Conference Director                                                                     Local Conference Director

To view an outline of our final conference program please refer to our  
2002 Conference Program.

Interested scholars who wish to register for the conference should send a request with name, affiliation, and mailing address.  Payment should be in U.S. dollars in the form of check, money order, or international bank draft in the amount of $375.00 made payable to University of California Regents.  All conference presenters must register.  Registration fees do not cover the expenses of travel and accommodations.  For more information, contact:


The conference will be held at the Regal Kowloon Hotel in the Tsimshatsui East District of Hong Kong.  In order to obtain special conference room rates at local hotels, reservations, accompanied by full payment, will have to be made by July 15, 2002. Hotel and travel arrangements should be made directly with the designated travel agency. 
A number of one day and half-day trips to nearby sites will also be available after the conference through this travel agent to conference participants for an additional fee.  These include New Territories, Macau, Beijing and Shanghai. For detailed information, contact:

Dragon Form Travel Limited
Contact Person: Mr. Thomas Liu
Room 1017, 10/F,
Corporation Square
No. 8 Lam Lok Street,
Kowloon Bay

Phone: 852.2754.6253
Fax: 852.2305.0628

E-mail: travel@dragonform.com.hk

Dragon Form should be contacted directly for all matters regarding hotel, transfers, and optional excursions. Dragon Form Travel will have an information desk at the lobby of the third floor of the Regal Kowloon Hotel to answer all conference related questions. IASTE is not involved with and cannot address any questions or concerns regarding these arrangements.  To view details of the tours, please visit Dragonform’s website at



Notification of accepted papers for the Working Paper Series:
October 1, 2002

December 12-15, 2002

Nezar AlSayyad, Conference Director, University of California, Berkeley
David Lung, Conference Local Co-Director, University of Hong Kong
Jean-Paul Bourdier, IASTE Advisor, University of California, Berkeley
Sidney Cheung, Conference Advisor, Chinese University, Hong Kong
Jeffrey Cody, Conference Advisor, Chinese University, Hong Kong
Madhuri Desai, Conference Advisor, University of California, Berkeley
Lynne DiStefano, Conference Advisor, University of Hong Kong
Mark Gillem, Conference Advisor, University of California, Berkeley
Puay-Peng Ho, Conference Advisor, Chinese University, Hong Kong
Mina Rajagopalan, IASTE and Conference Coordinator, University of California, Berkeley
Montira Horayangura, Conference Assistance, University of California, Berkeley
Hoyin Lee, Conference Local Coordinator, University of Hong Kong
Elizabeth Sinn, Conference Advisor, University of Hong Kong
Frank Sun, Conference Advisor, University of Hong Kong
Weijing Wang, Conference Advisor, University of Hong Kong
Kathleen Kuhlmann, Conference Assistance, University of California, Berkeley

Dieter Ackerknecht, Nadia Alhasani, Joseph Aranha, Mike Austin, William Bechhoefer, Sidney Cheung, Jeffrey Cody, Jeffrey Cook, C. Greig Crysler, Lynne DiStefano, Dalila Elkerdany, Harrison Fraker, Mia Fuller, Mui Ho, Puay-Peng Ho, Montira Horayangura, Anne Hublin, Clara Irazabal, Derek Japha, Basil Kamel, Heng Chye Kiang, Ho Yin Lee, John K.C. Liu, Morna Livingston, Eva K.W. Man, Mike Martin, Robert Mugerauer, Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Paul Oliver, Marcela Pizzi, Ananya Roy, Magdalena Saura, Elizabeth Sinn, Frank Sun, Gunawan Tjahjono, Weijing Wang, Don Watts, John Webster

Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong
The Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, Hong Kong
Center for Environmental Design Research and the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley

Hong Kong Tourism Board
Star Ferry, Hong Kong

Ackbar Abbas, Hong Kong
Margaret Crawford, U.S.A
Neil Leach, U.K.
Matthew Sparke
, U.S.A.

Please use the following information when making inquiries regarding the conference.
IASTE 2002
Center for Environmental Design Research
390 Wurster Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1839, USA

Phone: 510.642.6801/510.642.2896
Fax: 510.643.5571

E-mail: iaste@berkeley.edu