MENG QU

Last Updated :2023/01/12

Affiliations, Positions
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Assistant Professor
Web Site
E-mail
kinghoodhiroshima-u.ac.jp
Self-introduction
Meng Qu, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Hiroshima University Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, co-convener at Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI), and Visiting Research Fellow at Wakayama University Center for Tourism Research. He is also the editorial board member at Event Management Journal, Journal of Responsible Tourism Management (JRTM) and the advisory board member at CREATOUR International. His research draws from range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, especially from the fields of creative/tourism geography, rural and island studies, with a focus on East Asia. Key research topics include socially engaged art festivals, relational aesthetics, creative in-migrants, sustainability, and rural revitalization. His current research aims at producing an interdisciplinary nexus on rural revitalization by focusing on creative tourism initiatives to revitalize communities in peripheral areas. He studied and worked as digital artist, interactive design director and vice president between Shanghai and Beijing in the digital media art and museum design industry (2006-2015). He is focusing on the revitalization of rural communities through international art festivals, by participating as a volunteer, staff member and researcher. Examples include the Xucun international Art Festival (2011-2013) in China, the Setouchi Triennale (2016-2019) in Japan as well as Shiosai Art Festival (2019-2020). His interests are gardening, pottery and aikido. Now he lives and researches in Higashihiroshima, Japan.

Basic Information

Major Professional Backgrounds

  • 2011/01, 2013/03, Xucun International Art Community, Xucun International Art Festival, Academic Secretary
  • 2011/01, 2013/03, Shanghai Moon Culture Media Co., Ltd., Vice President
  • 2009/10, 2010/11, Shanghai World Expo 2010, Event Department, Zone D, Dock Theater, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Project Manager
  • 2006/07, 2010/12, Creative Star Digital Co., Ltd, Project Management Department, Assistant General Manager (2010), Project Manager (2007-2010), Media Production Department Manager (2008-2010)
  • 2006/01, 2006/07, Xuzhou TV station, Advertisement Production Center, Creative media editor
  • 2021/04/01, Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Assistant Professor

Educational Backgrounds

  • Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences | Taoyaka Program for Leading Graduate Schools, Japan, 2018/04, 2021/03
  • Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences | Taoyaka Program for Leading Graduate Schools, Japan, 2016/04, 2018/03
  • Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Japan, 2013/10, 2016/03
  • Shanghai University, China, 2009/03, 2012/01

Academic Degrees

  • Doctor of Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University
  • Master of Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University
  • Master of Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University

Educational Activity

  • [Bachelor Degree Program] School of Integrated Arts and Sciences : Department of Integrated Global Studies : Integrated Global Studies
  • [Master's Program] Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences : Division of Humanities and Social Sciences : Integrated Arts and Human Sciences Program
  • [Doctoral Program] Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences : Division of Humanities and Social Sciences : Integrated Arts and Human Sciences Program

In Charge of Primary Major Programs

  • Socio-Cultural Studies
  • Area Studies
  • Integrated Global Studies
  • Integrated Arts and Sciences

Research Fields

  • Humanities;Art studies;Art at large
  • Humanities;Philosophy;Tourism Studies

Research Keywords

  • Island Studies
  • Socially Engaged Art Festival Tourism
  • Creative In-migrant
  • Regional Revitalization
  • Creative Geography

Affiliated Academic Societies

  • Frontiers in Sustainable Tourism, 2022
  • Responsible Tourism and Hospitality (ICRTH), 2022
  • Annual conference of Island Studies International Conference (ISIC), 2019
  • Wakayama University Center for Tourism Research, 2021
  • CREATOUR International, 2020
  • Event Management Journal, 2021
  • Journal of Responsible Tourism Management (JRTM), 2021
  • Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI), 2019

Educational Activity

Course in Charge

  1. 2022, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 3Term, Sports Theory and Exercise
  2. 2022, Undergraduate Education, 2Term, Tourism Studies
  3. 2022, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Rural Revitalization
  4. 2022, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Seminar on Field Research for Area Studies IIA
  5. 2022, Undergraduate Education, 4Term, Seminar on Field Research for Area Studies IIB
  6. 2022, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 2Term, Sustainable Tourism Development

Research Activities

Academic Papers

  1. ★, Neo-endogenous revitalisation: Enhancing community resilience through art tourism and rural entrepreneurship, Journal of Rural Studies, 97, 105-114, 202301
  2. Community art festivals and sustainable rural revitalisation, Routledge, 20220905
  3. Implications of the Japanese Rural Art Festival for the Future of Public Art Revitalization in Rural China ⸺ the Dilemma between the Vision of "Creative Rural Enhancement" and "Art Themepark", 87-106, 20221118
  4. Rural lifestyle entrepreneurship: opening spaces of possibilities for resilient community economies and local agri-food systems, 2023
  5. Socially engaged art tourism, in-migrants micro-entrepreneurship, and peripheral island revitalization, Wakayama Tourism Review, 3, 17-19, 202205
  6. Tourism in the rural periphery: Revitalization and community resilience in Japan, Handbook of Tourism Impacts: Social and Environmental Perspectives, 295-311, 202205
  7. Island Cultures and Heritage: Open and Continuous Reflections, Okinawan Journal of Island Studies, 3, i-v, 202202
  8. Book Review: The Challenges of Island Studies, Okinawan Journal of Island Studies, 202202
  9. Book Review: Rethinking Cultural Tourism, International Journal of Tourism Policy, 12(1), 202202
  10. Island studies and socio-economic development policies in East Asia, Island Studies Journal, 202208
  11. Lifestyle migrants in Japans Seto Inland Seas islands beyond Western based conceptualizations of lifestyle migration, Islands and Migration Research Symposium, 1-4, 20211227
  12. ★, Community art festivals and sustainable rural revitalisation, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 29(11-12), 1756-1775, 20211202
  13. Exploring models of art rural revitalization from the creative tourism geography perspectives, Public Art, 5, 20211220
  14. The making of art islands: A comparative analysis of translocal assemblages of contemporary art and tourism, Island Studies Journal, 20210916
  15. Community Resourcefulness Under Pandemic Pressure A Japanese Islands Creative Network, Geographical Science, 202112
  16. Book Review: Responsible Rural Tourism in Asia, Tourism Geographies, 20210129
  17. Rural art festival revitalizing a Japanese declining tourism island, Cultural Sustainability, Tourism and Development (Re)articulations in Tourism Contexts, 202104
  18. ★, Community resourcefulness and partnerships in rural tourism, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 30(10), 2371-2390, 202208
  19. ★, Teshima - from Island Art to the Art Island, Shima, 14(2), 250-265, 20200924
  20. Gaps and Limitations - Contrasting Attitudes to Newcomers and Their Role in a Japanese Island Community, Bulletin of the Hiroshima University Museum, 12, 31-46, 20201225
  21. Art Interventions on Japanese Islands: The Promise and Pitfalls of Artistic Interpretations of Community, The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, 20190904
  22. Book Review: Ten Innovative Ideas of Land Art Festival: How to Revitalize the Community by Japanese Rural Art Festival, Public Art, 2019
  23. Ten Innovative Ideas of Land Art Festival: How to Revitalize the Rural Japanese Community, Public Art, 20190915
  24. Book Review: Conflicts, religion and culture in tourism, Tourism Geographies, 20190306
  25. The Role of Domestic In-migrants for the Revitalization of Marginal Island Communities in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan, MIRRA (Migration in Remote and Rural Areas) Research and Policy Briefs Series, 20191109
  26. Organic farming and agricultural landscape preservation for the sustainable development of Uttarakhand mountain villages, Journal of Urban and Regional Studies on Contemporary India, 4(2), 41-53, 201803
  27. Regional Revival or Art Festival Tourism? A Handbook of Community Fieldwork for the Setouchi Triennial 2015-2018, Public Art, 5, 64-73, 2018
  28. The Aesthetic Experience of Augmented Reality Art, ISEA2017 Manizales BIO-CREATION AND PEACE, 2017
  29. Sustainable Development Research on Contemporary Art Intervening in Village Regional Regeneration, Public Art, 2, 2017
  30. Contemporary Art Festivals Intervene in the Sustainable Development of Rural Regional Regeneration, Public Art, 5, 38-45, 2006

Invited Lecture, Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation

  1. Revitalization Engaged Art Island Tourism - Art Islandness, Creative Micro-entrepreneurship & Neo-endogenous Revitalization, International Island Forum 2022, 2022/12/22, With Invitation, Japanese
  2. How to evaluate an "art community"?, Huian Sculpture Art Forum 2022, 2022/10/25, With Invitation, Chinese
  3. Revitalization engaged creative tourism, micro-entrepreneurship, and community enhancement, Creative Tourism, Regenerative Development and Destination Resilience, 2022/11/09, Without Invitation, English
  4. Community-based/engaged Art Tourism Art Intervention – Tourism Co-creation – Responsible Revitalization, International Conference on Responsible Tourism and Hospitality (ICRTH) 2022, 2022/09/01, With Invitation, Japanese
  5. Revitalization Engaged Art Tourism Creative In-migrants & Micro-entrepreneurship Art Islandness & Neo-endogenous Revitalization, Art Networks and Places To open up a path to study art (festivals), 2022/09/15, With Invitation, English
  6. Neo-endogenous Revitalisation: Increasing Community Resilience through Socially Engaged Art and Creative In-migrant Micro-entrepreneurship, Art in the Countryside: Symposium on Art and Regional Revitalization through Case Studies from Japan, 2022/08/14, With Invitation, English
  7. From Island Arts to the Art Islandness, Island Studies International Conference "Creativity, Ingenuity and Practice", 2022/06/25, With Invitation, English, preprint
  8. Lifestyle migrants in Japans Seto Inland Seas islands beyond Western based conceptualizations of lifestyle migration, Simona Zollet, Meng Qu, Islands and Migration, 2021/12/27, Without Invitation, English, preprint
  9. Exogenous development in rural and remote regions The neo-endogenous role of micro-entrepreneurship in the context of art festival tourism development in peripheral islands, European Regional Science Association (ERSA) 2021 conference, 2021/08/27, Without Invitation, English
  10. The role of creative in-migrants in the revitalization of Japans shrinking island communities, European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) 2021 conference, 2021/08/27, Without Invitation, English
  11. Partnerships for Revitalization: Small Businesses in an Island Art Festival, International Geographical Congress (IGU) 2021 conference, 2021/08/18, Without Invitation, English
  12. Enhancing creative rurality and islandness: hovering between global art festival intervention and peripheral community revitalization, CREATOUR International Webinar - Highlighting distinctiveness: Connecting travel to community and sense of place, 2021/06/03, With Invitation, English
  13. Rural art tourism revitalization and creative social resilience under Covid impact, One World Seminar (OWH) Session 03: tourism and pandemics in world heritage sites, 2021/05/05, With Invitation, English
  14. The Influence of Setouchi Triennale's Rural Art Festival Tourism on the Revitalization of Shrinking Islands in the Seto Inland Sea, The inaugural colloquium of the IFoU (International Forum on Urbanism) Young Ambassador - 'The Transforming Urban-Rural Spaces: Interdisciplinary Perspectives', 2020, With Invitation, English
  15. What is Revitalization? Differing Interpretations by Island Festival Stakeholders, 2nd International Conference of Critical Tourism Studies Asia Pacific, Wakayama University, Japan, 2020, Without Invitation, English
  16. The Changes of Small-scale Tourism Businesses on Islands after the Setouchi Triennale, The 27th Seto Inland Sea Research Forum in Hiroshima Sustainable Development Goals in the Seto Inland Sea Collaboration between Satomizu and Satoumi for (SDGs), Seto Inland Sea Research Conference, Hiroshima, 2019, Without Invitation, English
  17. The Influence of Setouchi International Art Festival and Rural Triennale Tourism on the Revitalization of Island Communities in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan - Case Study from Meigijima and Ogijima islands, ISIC 15: Island Festivals and Music Tourism, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, 2019, Without Invitation, English
  18. Newcomers that the community wants' versus 'outsiders that the community possibly attracts' - social practice research in the Mitarai island community, Seto Inland Sea, Geography Science Spring Conference 2019, Hiroshima University, Japan, 2019, Without Invitation, English
  19. Role of creative in-migrants in the revitalization of small island communities in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan, AAG (American Association of Geographers) 2019 conference, Washington DC, USA, 2019, Without Invitation, English
  20. Bottom-up Development of New Local Tourism Businesses under the Influence of Setouchi International Art Festival - Comparative Study of Teshima and Shodoshima Islands, Japan, IGU Regional Conference – CAG Annual Meeting – NCGE Annual Conference, Québec City Conference Centre, Québec city, Canada, 2018, Without Invitation, English
  21. The Influence of Setouchi International Art Festival and Rural Triennale Tourism on the Revitalization of Island Communities in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan - Case Study of Teshima, Tourism Geographies conference, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, La Malbaie, Québec, Canada, 2018, Without Invitation, English
  22. Influence of Setouchi Triennale's Contemporary Art Interventions on the Revitalization of Island Communities in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan (Case studies from Teshima and Inujima), the 13th International Conference on The Arts in Society, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada, 2018, Without Invitation, English
  23. The Setouchi International Art Festival's Triennale Tourism Influences on the Revitalization of Shodoshima - Focus on Both Top-down and Bottom-up Local and Non- Local Participation Aspects, The Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia (COSTA) 2018, 2018, With Invitation, English
  24. Influence of Setouchi Triennale's contemporary art interventions on the revitalization of island communities in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan: Case study from Shodoshima, Culture, Sustainability, and Place: Innovative Approaches for Tourism Development, 2017, Without Invitation, English
  25. The Aesthetic Experience of Augmented Reality Art, The 32rd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2017 - XVI 16th International Image Festival, 2017, Without Invitation, English
  26. A discussion about Process Philosophy and AR art form transformation from Work to Event, The 4th conference of Japan-Korea joint international culture on art studies, 2015, Without Invitation, English
  27. The Aesthetic Experiences of AR art, The 2nd conference of Korea-Japan joint international culture on art studies, 2014, Without Invitation, English
  28. The Aesthetic Experiences of Augmented Space, The 7th International Conference of Eastern Aesthetics, 2014, Without Invitation, English

Awards

  1. 2020, Graduate Student Paper Award, The 2nd International Conference of Critical Tourism Studies Asia Pacific, The 2nd International Conference of Critical Tourism Studies Asia Pacific

External Funds

Acceptance Results of Competitive Funds

  1. Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (Representative ), Rural Art Revitalization - A Comparative Study Between Japan and China
  2. Kaken Basic Research C (Shared), Examination of factors that enhance the resilience of complex tourism systems in the islands of Japan
  3. Island revitalization 'research and artistic integration' documentary film community bridging project

Social Activities

Organizing Academic Conferences, etc.

  1. ISIC 16 2022 - Island Studies International Conference “Creativity, Ingenuity, and Practice”, Island Studies International Conference, 2022/06, 2022/06
  2. “Islands and Migration” Research Symposium 2021

History as Peer Reviews of Academic Papers

  1. 2022, Journal of Rural Studies, Editor, Editorial Manager, 1
  2. 2022, Island Studies Journal, Editor, 1
  3. 2022, Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering, Editor, 1
  4. 2022, Journal of Marine and Island Cultures (KMIC), Editor, Editorial board member,, 1
  5. 2022, Shima, Editorial board member, 2
  6. 2022, Journal of Responsible Tourism Management (JRTM), Editor, Editorial Board Member, 2
  7. Okinawan Journal of Island Studies, special issue of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Small Island Cultures and Heritage, Editor, 16
  8. 2021, Shima, Others, Reviewer, 2
  9. 2021, The Japanese Society for Geographical Sciences, Special Issue on Tourism Transformations: Resilient Islands and Revitalized Communities, Others, reviewer, 2
  10. 2020, Book reviewer of Island Festivals and Tourism, University of West Indies Press, Others, Reviewer, 1
  11. 2019, The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Others, 3