URP is an academic collaboration and exchange program between Osaka City University, Japan and Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Thailand that focuses on topics related to urban culture in the areas of artistic expression, management, cultural preservation, documentation, and education.

When the Urban Research Plaza (URP) was founded in 2001 it was originally named The Urban Culture Research Center (UCRC) and later changed to its current name in 2006. URP is under the co-directorship of Dr. Shin Nakagawa, Japan and Dr. Bussakorn Binson, Thailand.

The annual URP forum aims to create a space for graduate students and scholars to share their research in visual art, creative art, performance studies, dance, cultural studies, ethnomusicology, and related disciplines connected to the study of academic and vernacular interpretation of urban culture through arts. Furthermore it endeavors to encourage researchers, artists, and those involved in urban planning to seek cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural practices aimed at fostering the sustainable development of vibrant, livable cities and promoting cultural continuity. Since 2012, the forum which has been supported by the Center of Excellence for Thai Music and Culture – CETMC.

The Urban Research Plaza (URP) is jointly administered by the Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences of Osaka City University, Osaka and the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and has established academic exchange agreements with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, Huadong Shifan University of Shanghai, the University of London, England, the University of Hamburg, Germany, Gadjah Mada University and the Institut Seni Indonesia in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.


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