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Arts and Humanities, Art and Design and the Global Heritage research theme workshop

Palm trees on a beach

A half-day workshop held at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham to coincide with 'A Poetics of Space: Images of Con Dao' temporary photography exhibition in the creative cells at the National Justice Museum.

  • From: Saturday 24 November 2018, 1.30 pm
  • To: Saturday 24 November 2018, 5 pm
  • Registration: 1.30pm
  • Location: National Justice Museum, Advocate Suite, High Pavement Nottingham NG1 1HN,
  • Cost: FREE
  • Booking deadline: Friday 23 November 2018, 11.59 pm
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The workshop will explore  ecological and heritage debates in contemporary Vietnam. The first panel will look at the wider context of Vietnam, looking at environmental issues. The second panel will focus specifically on the archipelago of Con Dao. Its largest island once housed a notorious former French colonial prison where during French colonial rule over 20,000 interned Vietnamese died. Today the island houses a prison museum which coexists alongside luxury beach resorts. Speakers will explore the relationship between natural and human heritage and the difficult juxtapositions posed when this human heritage attests to a dark and violent, colonial past.


The workshop will take place in the Advocate Suite (please note: attendance at the workshop does not include access to the National Justice Museum's permanent exhibition space)

1.30pm - Registration

1.45pm - Introduction: Articulating a Poetics of Space. Sophie Fuggle, Nottingham Trent University, UK


Rubber plantations and hydropower dams: Ecological issues in developing Vietnam. Kim Phung Dang, Ton Duc Thang University, HCMC, Vietnam

Assessing environmental impacts on the Red River system, Vietnam, to enable sustainable management. Suzanne McGowan, University of Nottingham, UK

3.00pm Coffee


From dark tourism to memorial tourism: Con Dao in comparative perspective. Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool, UK

The Tiger Cages on Con Dao. Maryse Tennant, Canterbury ChristChurch University, UK

Images of Con Dao. Charles Fox, Nottingham Trent University, UK

5.00pm Close.

The workshop is generously supported by the British Academy as part of a Newton mobility exchange between Nottingham Trent University and Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam.

Booking information

Location details


National Justice Museum, Advocate Suite, High Pavement Nottingham NG1 1HN


Nearest car parks are Broadmarsh car park (currently closed but temporary car parks – Broadmarsh East and Sheriffs Lodge are available), Lace Market car park and Stoney Street car park. We offer discounted all day parking rates at Stoney Street. Simply ask at reception on arrival and we will give you a car parking ticket that will discount your parking rate when you exit the car park. A small pay and display car parking area with around 20 spaces is situated almost directly opposite the Museum steps on High Pavement. Pay and display charges apply.

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