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Out of this world: Taiwan's cultural heritage – pragmatism and politics

Old mountain railway, Taiwan
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Delivered by Professor Mike Robinson, Professor of Cultural Heritage and Director of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham

This lecture focuses on the ways in which Taiwan has negotiated its own heritage outside of the UNESCO World Heritage 'family', and what this tells us about the complexities of heritage production.

  • From: Tuesday 20 March 2018, 5 pm
  • To: Tuesday 20 March 2018, 7 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 4, Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University, City campus, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 20 March 2018, 10.00 am
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During this presentation Professor Robinson will discuss how the UNESCO World Heritage system is tied to wider geo-political relationships and the different ways that heritage is tied to nationalisms and shifting identities.

About Professor Robinson

For over 25 years Professor Robinson’s has published numerous books, articles and chapters on the various ways in which these realms intersect. Recent works have addressed issues relating to world heritage and tourism, heritage and popular culture, the concept of tradition and heritage and super-diversity.

Professor Robinson is a founding member of UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Tourism, Culture and Development, a specialist adviser to the UNESCO World Heritage Programme in Sustainable Tourism and to the UK’s National Commission for UNESCO. He was a Government appointed member of the UK’s expert panel to determine the UK’s tentative list for world heritage and is the co-author of a major UNESCO report on tourism, heritage and sustainable development.

He has worked on projects with UNESCO offices in China, Peru and South East Asia, and with World Heritage sites in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Canada, Sweden, Finland and many other parts of the world. He has held grants from the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, US Social Science Research Council and several other national based funding bodies. He has held Visiting Fellowships and Professorships in the USA, Italy, South Africa, and Taiwan where he remains a Visiting Professor.

Please visit Professor Robinson's contact page on the University of Birmingham's website for more information about him and his work.

Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage (AUGH)

This lecture is delivered in partnership with AUGH and Global Heritage Research Theme at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), and forms part of their 2017/18 seminar series. AUGH focuses on the investigation of human aspects of architecture, spatial practices, urban heritage, material culture and the built environment within the ever-changing urban and social structures of contemporary cities forcing new territories of interaction, innovation, creativity and analysis.

Visit AUGH's research pages on the NTU website.

Reserve your place

This event is open to staff, students, and the public and is free to attend. To reserve your please please select 'reserve your place' at the top of the page, and complete a brief online booking form.


For enquiries please contact or call +44 (0)115 8484 690.

Image: Old mountain railway, Taiwan.


5 pm – 5.30 pm Arrival and registration  Forum Level 1, Newton building
5.30 pm – 6.30 pm Lecture by Professor Mike Robinson Lecture Theatre 4, Newton building
6.30 pm – 7 pm Drinks and networking Forum Level 1, Newton building

Location details


Lecture Theatre 4, Newton Building


Nottingham Trent University
City campus
Burton Street


Our City Campus is located in Nottingham city centre. There are a number of public car parks within a short walk from the University – Trinity Square and Talbot Street. There is also limited metered on-street parking on Chaucer and Shakespeare Streets.

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