Early Modern Church Architecture in China: A Challenging Heritagisation

Poster -21 Sept2016
Early Modern Church Architecture in China: A Challenging Heritagisation

Speaker: Prof. Thomas Coomans

‘Heritagisation’ is the process whereby something that is not considered as heritage gradually becomes heritage. This process is developing fast and at a huge scale in China, a country which has entered a new ‘age of heritage’. This lecture examines the challenging heritagisation of early modern church architecture, built by Chinese Christians and foreign missionaries from the 1840s to the 1940s.

Today about 40 Christian and Catholic churches are listed as national heritage, and many others at provincial and local levels. However, because of a lack of historical knowledge, heritage value assessments are often superficial and renovations not always accurately done. Research collaboration can contribute improving this situation.

The author will also present his recently published book “Building Churches in northern China / 舶來與本土——1926年法國傳教士所撰中國北方教堂營造之研究”

Date: 21th September 2016
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Lecture Threatre 5 (LT5), 2/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park, CUHK
Language: English

(Tel) 3943 4277
(Email) catholic@cuhk.edu.hk

~Free Admission~

Prof. Thomas Coomans (高曼士) teaches architecture history and conservation at the University of Leuven. He has been lecturing in many universities across the wold, notably at the CUHK (School of Architecture) and Peking University (School of Archaeology). He is a member of ICOMOS international scientific committee on shared built heritage.