Hong Kong
in Exile

An Interdisciplinary Symposium of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Peace Palace Tower

A Symposium Transcending Boundaries

The inaugural "ImagiNation: Hong Kong in Exile" symposium will be held in The Hague in 2024. The Hague is the home of international courts and best embodies the symposium's aspirations for universal justice. The symposium is structured around three themes: "Preserving Identity," "Artistic Activism," and "Cultural Reshaping." These themes respectively focus on the past, present, and future. The symposium aims to explore the artistic and cultural development of the overseas Hong Kong diaspora, clarify the interactive relationship between culture and identity, promote interdisciplinary dialogue, and underscore the significance of shaping the narrative of Hong Kong. Scholars, advocates, and artists are called upon to delve deeply into Hong Kong's resilience amid ongoing changes, in order to construct a future for the displaced people of Hong Kong.

  • Symposium and Workshops:
    The Hague
  • Exhibition Opening Ceremony:


Executive Board Members

Loretta Lau
Ms. Loretta Lau
Performance Artist and Director of NGO DEI
Yuen Ming Lo
Ms. Yuen Ming Lo
Hong Kong Artist based in the Netherlands
Clara Cheung
Ms. Clara Cheung
Founder of C & G Artpartment, and a former member of the Hong Kong District Council.
Mandy Lee
Ms. Mandy Lee
Assistant Professor at the Centre for Health Policy and Management, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Also a member of the TCD Centre for Resistance Studies and a PhD candidate with the TCD Department of Sociology.

Call for papers

We invite all interested individuals to submit scholarly works aligned with our conference themes, encouraging them to showcase their research. Those who do will be offered a waiver of the conference registration fee , and join the event as Esteemed Special Guest Participants. A team of judges will choose among the submitted papers for special presentation (2 per theme) during the symposium.

Submission Guidelines
  • Papers are accepted in English language.
  • Authors are required to submit an extended abstract, not exceeding 800 words, encompassing methodology, findings, and discussion sections.
  • The submission should include the author's complete name, professional title, and institutional affiliation.
  • In the case of multiple authors, kindly indicate the attending presenter(s).
  • Deadline: 30/11/2023
  • Submission email:
  • For inquiries please contact
Criteria for selection
  • Relevance to the symposium themes
  • Methodological rigour
  • Originality
  • Contribution to the field
  • Community engagement ("community" is broadly defined as those who self-identify as Hongkongers wherever they are based)
  • Each of the above criteria will be scored on a 5-point scale, with an overall average score determined for each submission. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to make the final selection decision.

Call for Artists

Calling all artists to participate in the ImagiNation exhibition ! This exhibition revolves around the same three themes as the symposium “ImagiNation: Hong Kong in Exile”: "Preserving Identity," "Artistic Activism," and "Cultural Reshaping." Detailed descriptions of these themes can be found on the website. To make the submission process seamless, kindly follow these guidelines:

Submission Requirements
  • Artworks or Artwork Series: Each artist may submit a maximum of three works or three series of works for consideration.
  • Artist Bio (250 words): Provide a brief artist biography, highlighting your background, artistic journey, and any relevant exhibitions or projects you've been a part of. Please include your name or choose to remain anonymous.
  • Artist Statement (200 words): Craft a statement that conveys your artistic intent and how your submitted works or series relate to one or more of the symposium's themes: "Preserving Identity," "Artistic Activism," and "Cultural Reshaping."
  • Artwork Descriptions: For each individual artwork or series submitted, provide a brief description, including the medium, size, and any other relevant details.
  • Preferred Mediums: For this exhibition, we strongly encourage submissions in the following media: Photography, Live Performances, moving images, and 2D works such as paintings, drawings, light portable installation or graphic design, provided they are sized A0 or smaller. While we appreciate the creativity of large installations and heavy sculptures, please note that they may not align with our exhibition's logistical requirements for this event. We kindly request that submissions focus on the preferred media mentioned above to ensure the successful execution of the exhibition.
Submission Process
  • Prepare your submission materials as outlined above, ensuring that your submission package fits within 1 to 6 A4 pages in pdf format .
  • Send your submission to with the subject line: "Submission - ImagiNation Exhibition."
  • Attach your artist bio, artist statement, and artwork descriptions as a PDF document. Clearly indicate your preference for anonymity, should you choose to remain anonymous.
  • Include high-quality images or videos of your submitted artworks or series in the email. If sending videos, please provide a link to an online platform (e.g., YouTube or Vimeo) where they can be viewed.
  • Deadline: 30/11/2023
  • Notification of Acceptance: 15/12/2023
  • Exhibition Opening: 25/05/2024
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • For inquiries please contact