9th Conference

JC Smith


JC Smith has worked in the Vietnamese media for over a decade and has experience in web and print journalism. He is currently the creative director of Hanoi-based content marketing company We Create Content. We Create Content have worked with Traveloka, Vinpearl, Ecopark, Bo Sua Clothing, Kilomet 109 and Opera on developing content marketing strategies and content for the Vietnamese and international market. 

We Create Content

Triệu Minh Hải

Minh Hải

Trieu Minh Hai, born in 1982 in Hanoi, is an independent artist.

“I demonstrate my own observation and understanding of the dynamic combination between a mathematical as well as natural phenomenon and art with a series of fractal-inspired pencil drawings. Each series consists of 10 works, which are laid out in a continuous, horizontal order adjoining each other. Using the most primary form of artistic expression, I work on

the best advantages of pencil drawing; that is to form delicate layers of shades and patterns, and consequentially to intensify the aesthetic quality of his artworks. As I explain the mechanism of fractal with physical practice, I deliver a liberal criticism, at the same time searching for the relation between theory and natural operation.”


Solo Exhibitions:

2014: Exhibition “Latcarf-Fractal”, Nhasan Collective, Hanoi,Vietnam


Group Exhibitions:

2016: Taipei biennial, "Nhân Văn Giai Phẩm" Documentary film and Document 

2015: The National Exhibition, National Exhibition Art Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam

2015: Exhibition “Mien Meo Mieng”, BildMuseet Umea, Sweden

2015: The Hanoi Grapevine Selection vol 2 Exhibition, Vietnam National Museum of Fine Art, Hanoi, Vietnam

2014: The second Hanoi Open Exhibition, Hanoi, Vietnam

2013: Initiative – Contemporary art museum project – ICAMP, Muong Culture Museum, Hoa Binh, Vietnam



2015: Art Nationwide Exhibition Award


Featured speaker
Independent Artist

Associate Professor Dr. Iftekhar Iqbal


Iftekhar Iqbal, PhD, is Associate Professor and Programme Leader of History and International Studies at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam with research interest in modern Asian studies and environmental history. Educated at the Universities of Dhaka and Cambridge, Iqbal has held fellowships with British Academy, Aga Khan University and Humboldt Foundation, while holding teaching and research appointments at the University of Dhaka, King’s College London and Humboldt University Berlin. Iqbal has published extensively including in Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Asian Studies, Environment and History and Indian Economic and Social History Review.  Iqbal’s book, The Bengal Delta. Ecology, State and Social Change 1840-1943 (Palgrave 2010), examines the place of riverine ecology in the evolution of colonial Bangladesh and has received peer recognition including the Honorable Mention by the inaugural Bernard Cohn Book Prize Committee of the AAS. Iqbal is in the International Advisory Board of Conservation and Society and South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. His current research projects include transregional history of rivers across South Asia, mainland Southeast Asia and southwestern China, which brings him to the exciting conference on “Engaging with Vietnam” and to the bank of Mekong itself. Iqbal’s publications can be found at: https://ubd.academia.edu/IftekharIqbal

Keynote speaker
Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Dr Nguyen Hoang Tuan

Hoang Tuan

Dr Nguyen Hoang Tuan, Dean of English Faculty, Thu Dau Mot University

Featured speaker
Thu Dau Mot University

Prihatmoko Moki


Prihatmoko Moki (b 1982)
Works and lives in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He obtained his BFA from Indonesian Institute of Fine-Art, majoring Printmaking Department in 2009. He have been working with several mediums of painting, drawing, comic, mural and music. But his focus is in printmaking/silkscreen technique to propose about the idea of spreading out the artworks and the challenge of multiple copies and the notion of originality and copy, because the ability of printmaking to produce works in edition. In his recent works, he interested with historical view, which in between fiction and reality. Departed from these he use historical myth as a tool to discuss and understand about social contemporary situation. In his project he prefer to approach the issue in satire, controversial and dark humor ways.
His solo exhibition including Melancholic Ego in the Colorful Song of Agony, Jakarta (2010) Power of the Sun, Yogyakarta (2012) Art project KW 2 Yogyakarta (2011). Forget Me Not Yogyakarta (2015), and Prajurit Kalah Tanpa Raja, Yogyakarta (2016).
In 2013 together with Malcolm Smith (AU) and Rudi Hermawan he founded Krack! Studio based in Yogyakarta, the studio and gallery focusing printmaking.
In the same year he have been organizing and curating LELAGU, annual art event which combining acoustic music and responded with live drawing in KedaiKebun Gallery, Yogyakarta.
Since 2006, he joined multidiscipline art project PUNKASILA, initiated by DaniusKesminas (AU) and had several shows in Indonesia, Australian and Cuba.
He is also selected by Megalo Print studio/ Canberra, Australia for residency program in 2014, and selected to be nominators in young artist award Redbase Foundation, Yogyakarta in 2016.

Featured speaker
Artist, Indonesia

Nguyễn Quốc Dũng

Quốc Dũng

Nguyễn Quốc Dũng
          Tốt nghiệp chuyên ngành Thiết kế đồ họa tại trường ĐH Tôn Đức Thắng.
(Khóa 2004-2008)
          Tốt nghiệp chuyên ngành Hội Họa  khoa sơn dầu tại ĐH Mỹ Thuật Tp. HCM.
(Khóa 2009-2014)               
Hiện đang sống và làm việc tại Tp. Hồ Chí Minh
Tham gia dự án " Những câu chuyện Sài Gòn, tại Indonesia, của  Ga 0, giám tuyển, được tài trợ bởi quỹ Nhật Bản năm 2017
Tham gia chương trình lưu trú nghệ sĩ tại Sàn Art Laboratory phiên thứ 8, năm 2016
Tham gia triển lãm Khu vực VI tại Bảo tàng Mỹ thuật Tp. HCM năm 2014, Việt Nam, Tác phẩm triển lãm “ Gái điếm”
Tham gia triển lãm mỹ thuật trẻ 2013 tại Applied Arts, Đại học Mỹ thuật Tp. HCM. Việt Nam, Tác phẩm triển lãm “ Tuổi teen”

Featured speaker

Phan Quang



Born in Binh Dinh, Vietnam in 1976. Phan Quang's practice is based on the contemporary photography concept and the political and cultural experiments of himself to turn it into his artworks.

Before beginning to exhibit his artwork, Phan worked for over a decade as a photojournalist for some of Asia’s best-known media, including Forbes, New York Time and Viet Nam Economic Times. Currently he is a photographing lecturer at University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City

Featured speaker

Dr. Phạm Thái Sơn

Thái Sơn

Dr. Phạm Thái Sơn (Pham Thai Son)
Senior Lecturer in Urban Economics at Vietnamese-German University
Academic Coordinator of Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) master study program
Email: son.pt@vgu.edu.vn
Dr. Pham Thai Son earned his Ph.D in Cities and Societies (2010) at National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon (INSA Lyon), France. After three years of working in international firms providing consulting services in real estate and engineering industries like Savills and Egis, he joined Vietnamese-German University in 2014 as Senior Lecturer in Urban Economics cum Academic Coordinator of Sustainable Urban Development master study program, a program established in close partnership with Technical University of Darmstatd.
His research interests lie on Urban Economics, Urban Planning, Urban Morphology, Livable City, Transit-Oriented Development, Real Estate Market, Housing and Public Space. He was the Team Leader for the Consulting Project of Real Estate Market Development Plan of Ho Chi Minh City for 2016-2025 period with a vision towards 2030 (project funded by People Committee of Ho Chi Minh City) and currently acts as the Principal Investigator for two research projects on Livable City in Binh Duong province (funded by Department of Science and Technologies) and Urban Density in Ho Chi Minh City (funded by a grant of World Bank for VGU lecturers). Since July 2017, as the local principal investigator, he has been coordinating the Southeast Asia Neighborhoods Network (SEANNET) project in Vietnam. He is also an urban development consultant for World Bank and UNDP in Vietnam. He speaks English and French fluently. 

Featured speaker
Vietnamese-German University

Nguyễn Như Huy

Như Huy

Nguyen Nhu Huy
Nguyen Nhu Huy, born in 1971, is visual artist, independent curator, art critic and poet. His art practices are concerned to the relationship between present and past and the intervention of different temporal-spatial dimensions. His works have been shown internationally in Japan, France, and USA. Nhu Huy has been writing, translating and publishing domestically and internationally on Vietnam contemporary art, culture, and art theory, and has been being guest speaker for the numerous international conference such as “Vietnam art post-doimoi”, which was held at Singapore Art Museum 2008, Asian Curator Conference organized by Japan Foundation 2010, "Alternative Route: Art & Cultural Exchange In Asia" in Yokohama , Koganecho Bazaar project  2014, etc.
Huy is co-editor and one of the authors for the first and only anthology of Vietnam modern and contemporary art in bilingual “ Essays on Modern and Contemporary Vietnamese Art” which was published by Singapore Art Museum 2009; Huy is writer for Vietnam session in the anthology “Video art, an art, a history” published by Singapore Art Museum in 2010,  in accompanying with the exhibition of the collection of video works from 1965-2010 by Pompidou Centre and Singapore Art Museum. Huy was also official researcher on the new media art in Myanmar and Vietnam in a researching project on new media art in ASEAN that was organized and conducted by ASEAN ministry of culture in 2011-2012. In 2015, a series of Nhu Huy’s poems was selected and published in Stand Magazine, England. Nhu Huy was co-curator for Singapore Biennale 2013 and since 2013 Huy has been being a curatorially advisory part for long- term project “Koganecho Bazaar”, Yokohama, Japan. Nhu Huy is guest curator for Brand New Project 2015, an annual project initiated by Bangkok Creative University that aims to introduce potential young Thai artists to Thailand contemporary art scene.  In 2016 Huy is a co-curator of Kuandu Biennale 2016 and currently is artistic director of the one-year Asian multiple activities and interdisciplinary festival Asian In/Visible Station 2016-2017 that is organized and curated by ZeroStation in Hochiminh city and funded by Asian Center, Japan Foundation
Huy is founder and the artistic director of ZeroStation (www.zerostationvn.org). In general this is a project-based space with residency program for international artists and showcase space for local and international projects.. The main concept of ZeroStation is to develop the kind of the contemporary art in Vietnam that is more engaged than spectacle, more critical than exotic. The main mission of ZeroStation is to create more opportunities for dialoguing, thinking, and working among local and international artists on social and cultural issues
Contact in Vietnam:
Cell: +84( 0) 903 747 779
Email: huybeo@gmail.com
Website: www.zerostationvn.org

Featured speaker
Artistic Director, ZeroStation

Dr. Trương Minh Huy Vũ

Minh Huy Vũ

TS. Trương Minh Huy Vũ hiện là Giám đốc Trung tâm Nghiên cứu quốc tế (SCIS), trực thuộc Trường Đại học Khoa học xã hội và Nhân văn, Đại học Quốc gia TPHCM. Ông tốt nghiệp Thạc sĩ tại trường Đại học tổng hợp Bochum năm 2010 và bảo vệ luận án Tiến sĩ Kinh tế -Chính trị quốc tế tại Đại học Bonn, CHLB Đức năm 2014.


TS. Trương Minh Huy Vũ nổi tiếng với nhiều bài nghiên cứu, bình luận, đưa sáng kiến, giải pháp về quản lý tranh chấp Biển Đông. Các ấn phẩm của TS. Trương Minh Huy Vũ xuất hiện trên các tạp chí khoa học và thảo luận chính sách như Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, East Asia Policy, E-International Relations, ASIEN, International Policy Digest, The Diplomat, v.v… Ông cũng là đồng chủ biên tập sách “A Regional Power Shift in the Making? The Rise of China and the South China Sea Disputes” xuất bản năm 2015.

USSH, Vietnam National University HCMC
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