by Claire Xu
The Fifteenth Biennial Symposium on Literature and Culture in the Asia-Pacific Region was successfully held by the School of English on the Centennial Campus of HKU, 9-12 June 2013. The theme of the conference is “Elegance and Messiness in the Age of Risk”. In contemporary society the elegance of grand pictures at the global scale is often fraught with the risk of messiness resulted from disconnected, local experiences. During the three-day symposium, participants were invited to explore the role of trial and error, risk and uncertainty, messiness and elegance in literature, culture and society from diverse perspectives. Prof. Kam Louie, Dean of Arts from HKU addressed the opening of the symposium. Prof. Dennis Haskell from the University of Western Australia and Dr. Hsu-Ming Teo from Macquarie University gave the keynote speeches. On the afternoon of 10 June, all participants went on an excursion to Hong Kong Maritime Museum, attending the reading session while enjoying Hong Kong’s maritime history and urban view.
The symposium has received generous support from the Faculty of Arts, HKU, under the China-West Strategic Research Theme.