Archeology and History of the Silk Road

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Series of workshops Silk Road Studies at Georgetown university this fall

Critical Silk Road Studies organizes a series of workshops to be held at Georgetown University in 2014-2015. 
Funded by the John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of Cultures program of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Georgetown faculty organizers are James A. Millward (Department of History, School of Foreign Service) and Michelle C. Wang (Department of Art and Art History).




From Excavation to Explication: New Approaches to the Silk Road 
September 11, 2014 

Presenters:
Valerie Hansen
Professor, Department of History, Yale University
“Whose Silk Road: When and Where Exactly?”

 Eugene Y. Wang
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
"How Would Marco Polo Have Been Painted in Yuan China?"

 Discussant:
James Millward
Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University


Ancient Eurasian Steppe Networks
October 9, 2014

Presenters:
Michael Frachetti
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis
“Complexity, Interaction, and Social Participation along Prehistoric 'Silk Roads' (2500-250 BC)”

Sören Stark
Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University “Nomads, Traders, and a Veiled Prophet: Recent Archaeological Research on the Long Wall of Bukhara”

Discussant:
Chris Thornton
Lead Program Officer, Research, Conservation and Exploration, National Geographic Society


The Iranian Connection
October 30, 2014

Presenters:
Matteo Compareti
Ca' Foscari, University of Venice
“Fantastic Creatures on the Sino-Sogdian Funerary Monuments: On Teratological Syncretism along the Silk Road”

Albert E. Dien
Professor Emeritus, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University
“The Sogdian Diaspora along the Silk Road: A Review and Reflections”

Discussant:
Michelle C. Wang
Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Georgetown University


Case Study of an Oasis City: Dunhuang
November 13, 2014

Presenters:
Paul Copp
Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
“Ritual Handbooks and Vernacular Buddhism at Dunhuang”

Stephen F. Teiser
D. T. Suzuki Professor in Buddhist Studies and Professor of Religion, Department of Religion, Princeton University
“Institutions of Literacy and the Dunhuang Corpus”

Discussant:
Francisca Cho
Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Georgetown University


Silk Road Manuscripts and Antiquities: Collecting and Transmission 
 December 11, 2014

Presenters:
Tamara Chin
Associate Professor, department of Comparative Literature, Brown University
“On Silk Road ‘Re-Discovery’: Constructing the Antiquarian Silk Road, 1900-1980”

Sam van Schaik
Project Manager, International Dunhuang Project, British Library
 “The Silk Road and the Transmission of Buddhism: Evidence from Sanskrit Manuscripts”

Discussant:
Robert DeCaroli
Associate Professor, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University


Please visit the main Schedule of Events page for information regarding the time and location of each seminar.

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