Conference program

The 9th "Engaging with Vietnam - An Interdisciplinary Dialogue" Conference


You can now download the FINAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM here. It contains all the information about the three parts of the conference. 

You will receive a conference bag that includes a conference booklet with the final program and the presentation abstracts when you register at the conference.

Please also note that simultaneous translation is provided to all the sessions taking place at the Main Conference Hall of Part I of the conference, and to the entire program on December 31st, and to the An Giang Part of the conference. 




Part I: Ho Chi Minh City (28-31 December 2017)

28- 30 December 2017

·         Venue: University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU Ho Chi Minh City, 12 Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Bến Nghé, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

·         Main activities: Keynote sessions, academic presentations, and exhibitions

31 December: one-day conference event with the Hackathon Competition and Artists' Talk on their projects "Touring as Creating/Inventing" at the Independence/Reunification Palace (Dinh Doc Lap/Dinh Thống Nhất), 135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, HCMC, with additional support from ZeroStation


Part II: One-day trip from HCMC to Binh Duong (1 January 2018), organized by Thu Dau Mot University


Part III: An Giang - the Mekong Delta (2-4 January 2018)         

Main activities: conference presentations, interactive sessions, roundtable discussion with policy makers at various levels on policies and practice on development, tourism, and sustainability; students’ “Creative Ideas Hackathon” projects on topics related to the theme of the conference; and field trips to various sites in An Giang.


In addition to the exciting conference's plenary and featured sessions and breakout sessions, we are also introducing a number of new ideas at both the conference locations, Ho Chi Minh City, Bình Dương, and An Giang, such as:


  • "Hackathon Competition on Creative Ideas on Heritage, Development, Tourism, Sustainability, and Technologies" developed and presented by students and their coaches on December 31st at The Independence/Reunification Palace, 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St, District 3, HCMC;
  • "Author Meets Critics" highlighting published work of scholars in Vietnam and overseas in dialogue with critics on December 30th during the conference;
  • "Dialogues on Methodological and Epistemological Issues in Conducting Research in and on Vietnam" from diverse fields throughout the conference;
  • "Cutting-edge Community Projects led by Artists" highlighting conversations with artists and their exhibits throughout the conference and in several locations;
  • "Talkshow on Education, Privatization, and Development" with public intellectuals and scholars throughout the conference; and
  • "Living the theme of the conference": touring Vietnam and the conference theme across various means of transportation, academic disciplines, arts exhibits, community engagement projects, field trips, (guided) tours, cultural activities, regional cusines, and dialogues with diverse groups of actors.
  • Some highlights include the whole-day event at The Independence/Reunification Palace, the special evening program at The Myst Dong Khoi, and the three theme-based tour routes in An Giang.




Location:         The Myst Đồng Khởi, 8 Hồ Huấn Nghiệp, District 1

Participation:   By invitation only

5:30-6:00         Welcome and Greetings at Ba Son Café

6:00-6:30         Guided Tour of “The Myst Đồng Khởi” - an exemplary case of living, honouring and (re)creating heritage in everyday life

6:30-7:50         Dinner at the Rooftop

8:00-9:00         Panel Discussion “Living, Honouring, and (Re)creating Heritage in Everyday Life”           


We can't wait to welcome you to the conference this year!!!!!!!!!