[Webinar] Hail Alma Mater: School Museums in Hong Kong

[Updated 31 January 2021: For those who might have missed this talk by Joseph Gregory Yu, here are the webcast and the photo album.]

Friday, 8 January 2021, 19:30–21:00 PST
Hail Alma Mater: School Museums in Hong Kong
Joseph Gregory Yu, University of Oxford
via Zoom

A City Archived event
Registration required

In the fourth museum age, museums are no longer the state’s monopoly. In Hong Kong, over the past three decades, there has been a noticeable increase of non-governmental museums. Among them is a type peculiar to Hong Kong—museums that are dedicated to schools. Not only do such museums forge a sense of belonging for current pupils, alumni, and staff, given the centrality of the schooling experience (for better or for worse) for most people of Hong Kong, framing such experiences within the context of museums also reflects the myriad ways people seek to make sense of their identity as well as their relations to their city. In this talk, Joseph Gregory Yu, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oxford and Honorary Curator for the Queen’s College History Museum, will take us on a journey and explain what we can learn from the efforts to “museumize” by the oldest public school in Hong Kong.

Joseph Gregory YU 余尚賢 is a candidate for Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. His doctoral project examines the development of non-governmental museums as a cultural phenomenon in postcolonial Hong Kong. By tracing and analysing these museums and their impact in Hong Kong, the research explores the relationship between museums, coloniality, cultural inheritance, and identity development in a postcolonial setting. Prior to his doctoral journey, Yu studied for a Master of Sciences in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology at the same university as well as a Master of Arts with Honours in International Relations and Modern History at the University of St Andrews. As an alumnus of Queen’s College, Hong Kong, he has been appointed Honorary Curator for its History Museum since the latter was established in 2013.

This webinar is co-organized by the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative and co-sponsored by: Department of Asian Studies, Department of History, Centre for Chinese Research, Asian Library, and the Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster.

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