Dr. Liza Wing Man Kam

Assistant Professor ((Research Fellow of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Göttingen, Awardee of 'Stipendium für die Fertigstellung des "zweiten Buches" für Frauen')

Dr. Liza Wing Man Kam
  • Focus
    architectural representation | colonial urban heritage | Hong Kong / Taiwan / Japan | iconisation | post-colonial urbanism
  • (0551) 39-21253
  • liza.wing.man.kam@phil.uni-goettingen.de
  • Room
    KWZ 0.727
  • Consultation hours
    by appointment

Dr. Liza Wing Man Kam pursued architectural trainings in design schools and practices in London, Paris, Liverpool, Hong Kong and Singapore before she joined the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany in 2009 and obtained her doctorate in December 2013. Her doctoral research focused on depicting transformation of the political, societal and cultural symbolism represented by the Hong Kong colonial urban heritage in the city’s unique post-colonial settings in political and societal terms. Her work illustrates the inter-relationship between architecture, historiography, identity formation and hence civic awareness.

Kam’s post-doctoral research departs from her previous findings by illustrating the transformation of symbolism (political and cultural) represented by colonial heritage in a variety of post-colonial settings in Asian cities, from Shinto Shrines in Taiwan to cathedrals in Goa. Undertaking an interdisciplinary approach (architectural history and theory, historiography, urban sociology, political science, human geography and more), she is intrigued by employment of narratives represented by both urban fabrics as well as public space users in urban research, and how the notion works in parallel/ contrast to history.

Since January 2016, Kam is assistant professor at the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Göttingen. From October 2020 to March 2021, she is awarded the ‘Stipendien für die Fertigstellung des “zweiten Buches” für Frauen’ from the Faculty of Humanities, University of Göttingen for finishing her second book on Taiwan Shinto shrines.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2014: PhD (Architecture) summa cum laude (excellent with honours) Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Frank Eckardt (Bauhaus University Weimar) and Prof. em. Dr. Subrata K. Mitra (University of Heidelberg)
  • 2007: Master of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 2006: Master of Architecture, L’ École d’ Architecture à Paris-Belleville, France
  • 2003: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Architecture, University of Liverpool, UK
  • 2001: Higher Diploma in Architectural Studies, City University of Hong Kong

Teaching, Research and Professional Experiences

  • 2020: Research Fellow (Awardee of ‘Stipendium für die Fertigstellung des “zweiten Buches” für Frauen’, Faculty of Humanities, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany)
  • 2016 – present: Assistant Professor (Urban Studies and Chinese Societies), Faculty of Humanities, Dept. of East Asian Studies, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany
  • 2017-2019: Research Fellow (Architecture and Urban Studies) Dept. of Religious Diversity, Max Planck Institute for Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany
  • 2014-2016: Lecturer/ Academic Coordinator/ Post-doc Researcher Institute for European Urban Studies, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
  • 2007-2009: Design Studio Tutor (Environment and Space Studies) HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Hong Kong
  • 2009: Design Studio Guest Critic (Architecture), City University of Hong Kong
  • 2008-2008: Graduate Architect (Royal Institute of British Architects, Part 2 Exemption) AEDAS HK Ltd, UK
  • 2005-2005: Architectural Assistant (RIBA Part 1) Alexi Marmot and Associates, London, UK
  • 2004-2005: Architectural Assistant (RIBA Part 1) Aedas Architects Ltd., Liverpool, UK
  • 2003-2003: Architectural Assistant (RIBA Part 1) Colwyn Foulkes & Partners, London, UK
  • 2000-2000: Architectural Assistant (Internship) DP Architects (PTE) Ltd, Singapore

Courses Taught

  • 2020: Hong Kong, Taiwan: Introduction to the contemporary Society and Culture of the two former colonies (MA)
  • 2019: The Migrating Tastes: Gastronomy and culinary culture and Empire Expansion in East Asia (MA)
  • 2019: Colonial Representations: Japanese Influence on Taiwan in the Forms of Cultural Productions, Cityscape and More (MA)
  • 2018: Contested Policy Fields in Hong Kong: Along the 1997 timeline (MA)
  • 2018: Colonial Heritage (and Legacies) in Taiwan and Hong Kong: Religion, Architecture and other cultural Productions (MA)
  • 2017: Hong Kong 101: Getting to know the borrowed Place (MA)
  • 2017: Localising Discourses (BA)
  • 2017: Colonial and Postcolonial Urbanism in the Chinese World (MA)
  • 2016: Method and theory of research on modern China (BA)
  • 2016: Wood, Stone and the Chinese Humanism: Architecture and urban Forms in the Chinese World and the embodied Ideologies (MA)
  • 2009-2017: Urbanism in the Chinese world (MSc., Bauhaus University of Weimar)

Key Research Projects

  • 2020: Upcoming Project: ‘Emerging Nationalism in Post-colonial Hong Kong and Taiwan: Relationality with the colonial-established legal, educational and infrastructural Systems
  • 2017 to date: Ongoing Projects: ‘Home to the (post-)colonial Deities: The Transforming Colonial Shinto Shrines in post-colonial Taiwan and the ideological engineering(s) in motion’; ‘Intellectual Trajectories of Architectural Design Ideas through Empire Expansions in the History’; ‘Transformation of Food/ Culinary Culture and Empire Expansions’; ‘Spatial Design, Consumptions and Control
  • 2009-2014: Finished Project (occasionally re-visiting): Inter-relation between Architecture and Civic Awareness in Post-colonial Hong Kong

Language Proficiency

  • Chinese: Native speaker of Cantonese, excellent written traditional Chinese, fluent in Mandarin (Taiwan and the Mainland China), learner of Hakka and Taiwanese
  • English: Excellent conversational and written English (working language)
  • German: Fluent conversational and good written German (working language)
  • French: Intermediate conversational and written French (working language in 2005-06)
  • Japanese: Intermediate learner (research with dictionary)

Organisation of Scientific Meetings

  • Oct 2019: Speaker and Co-organiser at the International Symposium ‘Emperor and Shrine: Commemoration, Ideology, and Identity’ at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan (co-organised with Prof. Ellen van Goethem)
  • June 2019: Organiser and Speaker of ‘Current Turbulence in Hong Kong against the Extradition Bill: Long-term and short-term developments’ in response to current affairs in Hong Kong at Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany
  • Oct 2018: Organiser and Chair at the Guest Lecture of Prof. Norman Tsai (National United University, Taiwan) on ‘Colonial Shinto shrines in Taiwan’, co-hosted with Forum for Interdisciplinary Religious Studies (FiREF), Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany

Funding, Awards and Scholarships

  • Oct 2020: Writing Fellowship for the Second Monograph for Women Researchers Faculty of Philosophy, Uni. of Göttingen
  • June 2020: Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2020 (The Most Beautiful German Books 2020) by Stiftung Buchkunst (Book Art Foundation) Yellow Book. Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin
  • June 2020: Starting Grant, European Research Council, EU (shortlisted)
  • April 2020: Yushan Young Scholars Program, Taiwan (Nominated by National Cheng Kung Uni.)
  • Nov 2019: Travel Award Forum for Interdisciplinary Religious Studies (FiREF), Georg-August University of Göttingen; Invited public lecture at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) at Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • Nov 2019: Travel Award FiREF, Georg-August University of Göttingen for attending the Roundtable discussion at the conference of ‘Heritage and Sustainable Development Goals’ at Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands
  • Oct-Nov 2019: Visiting Scholarship Kyushu University (Kyu-dai), Fukuoka, Japan to co-organise the International Symposium ‘Emperor and Shrine: Commemoration, Ideology, and Identity’ with Prof. Ellen van Goethem at Kyushu Uni. in Japan, and for research stay, exchange and discussion of upcoming research collaborations with Kyu-dai, and conducting archival work and fieldwork in Fukuoka, Kyoto and Tokyo.
  • Oct 2019: Symposium/ Research Funding FiREF, Georg-August University of Göttingen for co-organising and presenting at the International Symposium ‘Emperor and Shrine: Commemoration, Ideology, and Identity’ at Kyushu Uni. in Japan, and conducting archival work and fieldwork in Fukuoka, Kyoto and Tokyo.
  • Feb 2019: Conference Funding University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Georg-August University of Göttingen; Invited to present a paper at the ‘Religious Othering Conference I’ at UCSB
  • Sept 2018: Fieldwork/ Archival Work Funding Max-Planck Institute for Study of Religion and Ethnics Diversity (MPI), Germany for conducting fieldwork and archival work in Taiwan
  • July 2018: Travel Award Global Urban History Platform for presenting a paper at the International Planning History Society Conference in Yokohama, Japan
  • July 2018: Fieldwork/ Archival Work Funding MPI, Germany for conducting fieldwork and archival work in Japan
  • June 2018: Conference Funding MPI, Germany for presenting a paper at the European Association for the Studies of Religion’s Annual Conference in Bern, Switzerland
  • April 2018: Conference Funding City University of Hong Kong for presenting a paper at ‘International Conference on Global Cities: The Networks of Connectivity in East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Region, 1850-1950’
  • Feb 2018: Fieldwork/ Archival Work Funding MPI, Germany for conducting fieldwork and archival work in Japan and Taiwan
  • July 2015: Travel Award Bauhaus University Weimar, Institute for European Urban Studies for Interdisciplinary Conference on Exploring Nostalgia, Mansfield College, Oxford University, UK
  • 2014-2015: Postdoctoral Scholarship
Bauhaus Research School, Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany for writing up my first monograph
  • 2009-2013: Doctoral Scholarship DAAD (Germany Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship for Young Researchers, Germany

Publications

Monographs

  • June 2015: ‘Reconfiguration of ‘the Stars and the Queen’─ A quest for the interrelationship between architecture and civic awareness in post-colonial Hong Kong’- NOMOS Publication, Baden-Baden, ISBN: 978-3-8487-1083-6. Monograph

Peer-reviewed articles

  • 2020: ‘Liberating the Architecture from ‘Chineseness’: Colonial Shinto Shrines and Post-colonial Martyrs’ shrines in post-war Taiwan’ in ‘Contesting Chineseness: Ethnicity, Identity, and Nation in China and Southeast Asia’. Edited by Chan, Y.K. and Hoon, C.Y. Cham: Springer
  • 2020: ‘East Berlin, West Berlin, Hong Kong as the Mélange: Modernist spatial Representations from the Eastern and Western Blocs during the Cold War Period in Hong Kong’ in Liminal Space in a Divided World: Cold War Cities in Europe and Asia during the 1950s edited by Hon, T.K., London: Routledge
  • 2020: ‘May the Stones keep preaching: Re-appropriated colonial Shinto Shrines in Taiwan as new sacred Spaces’ in ‘Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals’, online conference proceedings held at TU Delft in Nov 2019.
  • 2020: ‘Protest in Metropolis: Symbolism in Play from Queen’s Pier Conservation to Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong’ in Protesting in Metropolis, edited by Castro Varela, M. and Ülker, B. Berlin: Budrich Publication ISBN: 978-3-8474-2024-8
  • 2019: ‘Beneath the Grand Yellow Imperial Roofs of Martyr Shrines: Taiwan’s colonial past and onwards and the political/ architectural symbolism at play’, in Yellow Book. Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin ISBN-978-3-7757-4537-6
  • 2017: ‘Artistic Activism as essential Threshold from the “peaceful, rational, non-violence” Demonstrations towards Revolution: Evolution of Social Actions in Hong Kong in the pre-Umbrella Movement Era’, in Art and the City: Worlding the Discussion Through a Critical Artscape, edited by Luger, J. and Ren, J. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-138-23621-9
  • 2016: ‘Colonial Nostalgia? Demolition of Colonial Space and its Aftermaths in Hong Kong’. In Exploring Nostaligia. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/9781848883987_006
  • 2011: ‘Travelogue’, in Filter Detroit, edited by Niemann, K. London: Self-published. ISBN-10: 1870699815, pp.42-69

Invited Public Lectures/ Presentations

Invited Guest (Public) Lectures, Conferences/ Workshop Presentations and Art Exhibition

  • Nov 2020: ‘Obscured history, romanticized memory: Japanese colonial past and urban heritage in Hengchun, Taiwan’. Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
  • Nov 2019: ‘Shinto shrine Architecture and its political symbolism in the colonial Taiwan’. International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, the Netherlands
  • Nov 2019: ‘Changing Religious Heritage’. Roundtable discussion at the conference of ‘Heritage and Sustainable Development Goals’ (Architecture, Technology University of Delft)
  • Oct 2019: ‘Beneath the Grand Yellow Imperial Roofs of Martyr Shrines: Taiwan’s colonial past and onwards and the political/ architectural symbolism at play’ at the International Symposium ‘Emperor and Shrine: Commemoration, Ideology, and Identity’ (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • June 2019: ‘First the Japanese, then the Chinese’. Continual othering(s) of the Taiwanese Population with Colonial Shinto Shrines and Martyrs’ Shrines as material Evidence’ (Religious Othering Conference II, University of Goettingen, Germany)
  • May 2019: ‘Create the Co’: guest speaker/ critic at the PhD Interdisciplinary Colloquium and workshop at the Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
  • Feb 2019: ‘Shinto Othering, Othering Shinto: Colonial Shinto Shrines under Kōminka Policy and their current mutated forms as Material Evidence of failed Shinto Indoctrination in Taiwan (Religious Othering Conference I, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Feb 2019: ‘Obscured history, romanticized memory: Commodification of the Japanese colonial past in Taiwan with urban heritage in Hengchun as case study’. Taiwan Studies Center, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
  • Jan 2019: ‘Obscured history, romanticized memory: Commodification of the Japanese colonial past in Taiwan with urban heritage in Hengchun as case study’. European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Oct 2018: ‘Dereliction, Mutation and Re-inhabitation: Shinto Shrines in post-colonial Taiwan and its ever-changing representations in the post-war era’ (Empire Off-center Workshop, Max-Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnics Diversity, Goettingen
  • Sept 2018: ‘One Township One Shinto Shrine’: Kōminka (Imperialisation) Policy, its Effect on Urbanisation in the Japanese occupied Taiwan and onwards’. Dept. of Geography, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
  • July 2018: ‘From Shinto Shrines to Martyr Temples and others: ‘Religious’ Space, Rituals and their shifting political Symbolism as Enunciation of Power(s) in Taiwan since the Post-war Era’ (International Planning History Society in Yokohama, Japan)
  • June 2018: ‘From Shinto Shrines to Martyr Shrines and the derelictions in the ‘sacred’ space: The failed Indoctrination of Shintoism in Colonial Taiwan and the thereafter’ (European Association for the Studies of Religion’s Annual Conference in Bern, Switzerland)
  • June 2018: ‘One Shinto Shrine per Township’: Kōminka policy and its effect on Urbanisation in the Japanese occupied Taiwan and onwards (‘Chinese Religions in the Age of Massive Urbanization’ Workshop, Max-Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnics Diversity, Goettingen, Germany)
  • April 2018:‘East Berlin, West Berlin, Hong Kong as the Mélange: Modernist spatial Representations from the Eastern and Western Blocs during the Cold War Period in Hong Kong’ in ‘International Conference on Global Cities: The Networks of Connectivity in East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Region, 1850-1950’ (Dept. of History and Chinese Studies, City University of Hong Kong)
  • April 2018: ‘Authenticity: Vernacular Aesthetics in Taiwan’, Art Exhibition of colonial Shinto shrines and their architectural elements blended in the vernacular settings in Taiwan. Photography, fieldwork notes and art installations. Curated by Claire Fu from Bluedragon Art Company. Kubic, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. (A follow-up exhibition to be held in Taipei soon)
  • Nov 2015: ‘From Queen’s Pier to Gezi Park then back to the Umbrella Movement: How can Hong Kongers learn from Turkey (or vice versa)?’ in the ‘Doing Tolerance: Democracy, Citizenship and Social Protest’ Workshop, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University Berlin, Germany
  • Nov 2012: ‘From One Obscurity to the Next: How History Education affects Urban Developments: Hong Kong As Post-colonial City Since 1997’ in ‘Urban Heritage Lecture Series 2012-2013’, Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany

Other Presented Conference Papers

  • March 2016: ‘Evolution of Artistic Actions in Hong Kong: from Queen’s Pier in 2007 to Anti-Express Railway Campaign in 2010 to the Umbrella Movement in 2014’, (Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, California, USA)
  • July 2015: ‘Nostalgia to colonialism as toolkit to fight colonial legacy- From the Queen’s Pier and Star Ferry Pier’s demolition in 2006 to Umbrella Movement in 2014 in Hong Kong’ (Interdisciplinary Conference on Exploring Nostalgia, Mansfield College, Oxford University, UK)
  • Feb 2013: ‘Tokenised public participation and sick democracy: the Tamar New Government Headquarters Construction since 1998 as sowed seeds for today’s social unrest in Hong Kong society’, (Follow-up Workshop of ‚Wege zu mehr Demokratie, gesellschaftliche u. politische Transformationsprozesse‘, Dept. of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany)
  • Sept 2012: ‘Prerequisite for Democracy─ history education and civic awareness in Hong Kong during the late-colonial and post-colonial period’ (Workshop of ‚Wege zu mehr Demokratie, gesellschaftliche u. politische Transformationsprozesse‘, DAAD Graduiertenakademie, Berlin, Germany)
  • July 2011: ‘Colonial Legacy in Transformation: the post-colonial Hong Kong’ (‘Transformation’ Conference, Cardiff University, UK)

Exhibitions, Independent Workshops and Community Projects

  • April 2018: ‘Authenticity: Vernacular Aesthetics in Taiwan’, Exhibition of colonial Shinto shrines and their architectural elements blended in the vernacular settings in Taiwan. Photography, fieldwork notes and art installations. Curated by Claire Fu from Bluedragon Art Company. Kubic, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. (A follow-up exhibition to be held in Taipei)
  • Nov 2011: ‘Next City Detroit: Textur und Transformation in der Nachbarschaft’ exhibition of field notes by Bauhaus-Weimar PhD candidates curated by Kerstin Niemann, Kuensterhaus Sootboern, Hamburg
  • Oct 2010: ‘Urban Intervention in Weimar’, Charette Workshop at the Institute for European Urban studies, Bauhaus- Universität Weimar– In the workshop a design scheme was worked out to regenerate the northern side behind the Weimar Main Station with Srdjan Mandić and Zinovia Foka
  • May 2010: ‘International PhD Dissertation Workshop Bauhaus- Universität Weimar’─ co-organised with Sukanya Krishnamurthy and Jerzy Elzanowski, Institute for European Urban Studies, Bauhaus- Universität Weimar
  • May 2010: ‘Sanitising Goethe and Schiller’─ artistic intervention in the City centre of Weimar with Sukanya Krishnamurthy, Jerzy Elzanowski and Gall Podlaszewski The work is aimed at reflecting the notion of ‘urban heritage’ and their treatments in cities, to investigate how ‘heritage’ could be manipulated as concepts.
  • April 2006: ‘Périurbanité et regard sur la ville contemporaine’, design workshop for the community in Saint-Denis, northern Parisian Suburb, (organised by L’École d’Architecture à Paris Belleville)
  • Aug 2002: ‘Project Hope’, voluntary work of surveying, designing and reconstructing a village school in rural area of Guangdong Province, China. Collaboration with the Division of Social Work in the City University of Hong Kong
  • Sept 2001: ‘The differences’─ Installation exhibition of space for left-handers. The work was my first reflection on ‘differences’. In a space designed exclusively for the left-handers’ convenience, I reflect on the notion of ‘majorities’ and how they are imposing their way of living onto the ‘minorities’.
  • April 2001: ‘The Journey and Home’─ exhibition of fieldwork documentation (Jiangxi province, China) which I investigated traditional Hakka Tulou (vernacular rammed earth architecture in Southern China)
  • Oct 1998: ‘Space for the Elderly’─ community service, interviews, design ideas and exhibition, collaboration with Hong Kong Institute of Architects