First International Conference on Inland Waterways, Waterscapes and Cultural Heritage

Hue (Vietnam) December 8–11 2020

The First International Conference on Inland Waterways, Waterscapes and Cultural Heritage is collaboratively organized by Hue Institute for Development Studies (Vietnam), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) and the University of Technology Sydney (Australia). Our aim is to internationalise the emergent field of Waterways Studies and to give researchers from different regions the opportunity to understand the nature of waterways as cultural water-/landscapes in different locations across the world.

The conference highlights the crucial importance of inland waterscapes as visible and intangible infrastructural networks within various national, regional and local contexts and identifies their function as both socio-cultural and economic resources for developing sustainable tourism and leisure practices.

Keynote lectures will be delivered by Prof. Bruce Prideaux (Central Queensland University, Australia), Assoc. Prof. Truong Van Tuyen (Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry (HUAF) and Hue University) and Prof. Francesco Vallerani (Ca’ Foscari University Venice).

By 15th March, scholars are invited to submit a 250-word abstract, alongside 3-4 keywords to the organising committee:

The committee welcomes papers discussing:
 Tangible and intangible cultural, industrial and environmental water heritage and history
 Leisure, tourism and wellbeing on and near inland waters: boating, kayaking, canoeing, walking, running, hiking, cycling, angling, etc.
 Identities and belonging on and near water
 Discourses, representations and narratives of inland waters in cultural texts and arts (visual art, literature, film, TV, (social) media etc.)
 Water transport and mobilities
 (Potable) water use, sustainability and conservation patterns in agriculture, aquaculture, tourism, everyday life etc.
 Flood (or drought) events and the everyday discourses of the climate crises
 Hydropolitics and water management practices, systems and policies
 Waterfront regeneration, redevelopment, planning and governance
 Infrastructures and engineering: hydroelectrics, dams, canalization

Please, see the attached Call for abstracts Call_for_Abstracts_First_International_C.pdf for further information.