Keynote Speakers

Professor Sarah Kenderdine (EPFL, Switzerland)

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Professor Sarah Kenderdine

Professor Sarah Kenderdine researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for galleries, libraries, archives and museums.

In widely exhibited installation works, she has amalgamated cultural heritage with new media art practice, especially in the realms of interactive cinema, augmented reality and embodied narrative.

Sarah is currently Professor of Digital Museology in the College of Humanities at EPFL, Switzerland.

Professor Andong Lu (Nanjing University, China)

Andong Lu is Professor in Architecture and Urbanism, Nanjing University and Executive Chief-editor of the Architectural Journal (International Edition), China. He completed PhD at Darwin College, University of Cambridge, and was a Fellow of Wolfson College.

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Professor Andong Lu

Professor Lu has published widely in academic journals, including the Journal of Architecture, arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, Time + Architecture and World Architecture, etc. He co-edited with François Penz the Urban Cinematics (University of Chicago Press, 2011) and with Wowo Ding and Arie Graafland the Cities in Transition (NAi010 Press, 2015).

He is working on Steady Steps Forwards: Reflective Architectural Practice in China, a special issue of Architecture Design (forthcoming 2018). He is an architect, curator and filmmaker. His current research focuses on modern vernacular heritages in China, including early-20th century cocoonery architecture and the wetland settlements in the Yangtze Delta region.

Mr Tim Williams, FSA (University College London)

Tim Williams is Reader in Silk Roads Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is also Degree Programme coordinator for the MA Managing Archaeological Sites & the MA Urban Archaeology, Director of the Ancient Merv Project (Turkmenistan), Member of ICOMOS and the International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM), Academic Board member of the Institute for Field Research.

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Mr Williams’ background is in urban archaeology, especially Roman, Islamic & Central Asian; approaches to complex stratigraphy; and archaeological site management. He worked for the Department of Urban Archaeology (Museum of London), between 1981-1991, and then was Head of Archaeology Commissions at English Heritage, before joining UCL in 2002, and has undertaken long running projects in Beirut, Lebanon & Merv, Turkmenistan.

His current research focuses on the development of urbanism along the Silk Roads. He is an ICOMOS expert member on advisory missions and panels, and undertook the ICOMOS thematic study of the Silk Roads, which moved away from the emphasis on east-west interaction by exploring the complexity and dynamics of cultural exchange. It provided the basis for the UNESCO World Heritage nomination strategy for the Silk Roads.

He is now working on the South Asian Silk Roads project, and assisting the Kingdom of Bhutan to develop its national heritage inventory using the Getty Conservation Institute’s open source system ARCHES.