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PKU-University of Cambridge River Basin Cultural Heritage Seminar takes place

DEC . 02 2021
Peking University, December 2, 2021: On November 21, 2021, Peking University- University of Cambridge River Basin Cultural Heritage Seminar was held in both Beijing and Cambridge online and offline to conduct academic exchanges on interdisciplinary subjects including basin cultural heritage, urban and rural planning, and archaeology. The seminar attracted wide attention and nearly 10,000 people attended.

In the beginning address, the founder of the seminar, Prof. Wang Fang from PKU’s College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture pointed out that the river basin is the earliest geometrical unit of human activities and the research on basin heritage is essential to the sustainable development of a community of life between humans and nature. Prof. Shen Ruiwen, dean of PKU’s School of Archaeology and Museology, explained that since the rise of ancient civilization is mostly related to the river basin, how to absorb the wisdom of ancient basins and apply it to contemporary society is a topic of the times. Prof. Lu Bin from PKU’s College of Urban and Environmental Sciences stated that starting from the coupling of nature and humanity, the overall coordination of basins can be considered to promote the high-quality development of the whole region.

5 experts were invited to attend and deliver speeches including Prof. Wang Jianxin from Northwest University, Prof. Marie Louise Stig Sørensen from Cambridge University, Prof. Huo Wei from Sichuan University, Dr. Liliana Janik from the Heritage Research Center of Cambridge University and Prof. Zhao Binfu from Jilin University. Experts conducted in-depth discussions on the theory and practice of cultural heritage protection, the roles of the river in prehistory and the protection of basin cultural heritage.

Prof. Zhao Zhongshu from China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, Associate Prof.   Dacia Viejo Rose from Cambridge University, Prof. Feng Changchun from PKU’s College of Urban and Environmental Sciences and Li Yun, deputy director of PKU’s Office of International Relations were also invited to carry out academic evaluation and interdisciplinary dialogue. Scholars from relevant fields exchanged insights to jointly promote the research on urban and rural space and basin cultural heritage.

In his concluding remarks, Prof. Wang Fang expressed his hopes for more attention to be paid to the diversity and unity of the settlement heritage in order to spread cultural heritage. Prof. Zhang Jianwei, the deputy dean of PKU’s School of Archaeology and Museology, summarized the seminar with key words including resources and ecology, safety and protection, as well as activation and inheritation.

Written by: Fu Jiaqi
Edited by: June Tan Rui Min
Source: PKU News (