The Three Gorges Dam: Exhibiting local worlds after the flood. The first museum of Yunyang and its architectural structure


 Room Segalen, 25/F, Admiralty Centre, Tower 2, 18 Harcourt Road, Hong Kong (Admiralty MTR station, exit A)

Speaker: Katiana Le Mentec (CNRS/URM7186 – Université de Paris Ouest, Nanterre La Défense)

Reservation & Contact: Heipo Leung

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Katiana Le Mentec is a post doctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology (CNRS/URM7186 – Université de Paris Ouest, Nanterre La Défense).


The building of the Three Gorges Dam produced dramatic changes in the landscape of Yunyang county Chongqing, displacing part of the population and leading to the reconstruction of whole towns. Over the years, local government developed a number of museographic exhibitions devoted to these processes. This paper explores two such projects, one of which is still ongoing. After a presentation of the inception of the two projects, considering their respective programmes and the role of local politicians, the attribution of meaning to their architectural structure will be read as revelatory of attempts by local authorities to re-imagine the county after these profound changes.


This seminar will be held in English.
Sebastian Veg, Director of the CEFC, will chair the session.
Snacks and drinks will be served after the seminar.
Seats are limited. Please confirm your attendance.