Silk Roads Programme Events

Everyone is very welcome to join and participate in the events hosted by the King's College Silk Roads Programme, please add your details here to join our mailing list or get in touch. We do not record the seminars or mini-conferences as you will be hearing about brand- new, often unpublished research and we hope to facilitate questions and discussion between the audience and speakers.

Upcoming Events

  • How the Eurasian Steppe has shaped Europe?
    Friday
    03-02-2023 @ 14:00
    Platform | Audit Room, King's College, and Zoom
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    Warwick Ball is a Near Eastern archaeologist and author who spent over twenty years carrying out excavations, architectural studies and monumental restoration throughout the Middle East and adjacent regions. He has lived, worked and travelled in most countries between Europe and China over the past fifty years, including remote parts of Inner Asia. He excavated in Iran, Libya, Ethiopia, Afghanistan (where he was Acting Director of the British Institute of Afghan Studies), Jordan, and Iraq (where he was Director of Excavations with the British School of Archaeology in Iraq). Founder editor and Editor-in-Chief of Afghanistan, the journal of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies and author of many books on the history and archaeology of the region. In recognition of his ‘outstanding career as a Near Eastern archaeologist,’ the University of St Andrews has conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters on the author. Born in Australia, he now lives in the Scottish Borders.

  • House of Health, Houses of Merit: tracing the mediaeval hospitals across the Bay of Bengal
    Friday
    10-02-2023 @ 14:00
    Platform | Audit Room, King’s College (and online)
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    Francesco Bianchini studied Sanskrit, and Indian religions in Vienna, Benares, and Oxford. His doctoral dissertation focussed on mediaeval Buddhist practices of state and community protection, as well as their transmission across maritime Asia. For the Silk Roads Project, he will look at the history of communal health (before 1400 CE) across the Bay of Bengal and in its wider Asian connections. He has taught at various Universities including Oxford, Heidelberg, Mahidol, and Cambridge.

  • How Kazakhstan Gave up the Bomb?
    Friday
    17-02-2023 @ 14:00
    Platform | Zoom
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    Dr. Togzhan Kassenova is a Washington, DC-based senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, SUNY-Albany and a nonresident fellow in the Nuclear Policy Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is an expert on current policies, WMD nonproliferation, and financial crime prevention. She currently works on issues related to proliferation financing controls, exploring ways to minimize access of proliferators to the global financial system. Kazzenova holds a Ph.D in Politics from the University of Leeds. From 2011 to 2015 Kassenova served on the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

  • The Sea Silk Road: Monsoon Markets and Sea Kingdoms in Medieval Western Indian Ocean
    Friday
    03-03-2023 @ 14:00
    Platform | Keynes Hall, King’s College, and Zoom
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    Khodadad Rezakhani is a global historian of late antique and medieval period, mostly focusing on Central and West Asia. He is the author of ReOrienting the Sasanians: East Iran in Late Antiquity (Edinburg UP, 2017) and the forthcoming Creating the Silk Road: Travel, Trade, and Myth Making (Bloomsbury), as well as academic articles on the history of Central and West Asia in the period 500-1200. He is currently a Research Fellow and Lecturer at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

  • Historical Monuments, Ownership and Identity in Central Asia: The Case of Aisha Bibi Mausoleum in Kazakhstan
    Friday
    10-03-2023 @ 14:00
    Platform | Keynes Hall, King’s College, and Zoom
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    Catherine Alexander is Professor of Social Anthropology at Durham University. Amongst other interests she has been working on a variety of issues connected with household and nuclear wastes and their management in Britain and Kazakhstan for over 20 years. She currently holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship ‘Forms and Fears of Failure’ investigating how different kinds of failure appear and are experienced at different scales and temporalities in large public sector organizations.

  • China and Russia’s Relations with Central Asia: A Critical Approach
    Friday
    17-03-2023 @ 14:00
    Platform | Keynes Hall, King’s College (and online)
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    Dr. Edward Lemon is a Research Assistant Professor at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, Washington DC Teaching Site and President of The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs. He was previously a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and gained his PhD from the University of Exeter in 2016. In his research, he examines China and Russia’s relations with Central Asia, authoritarian governance, religion, security, and migration in Eurasia. Since 2009, he has spent almost three years working and conducting fieldwork in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Poland. His research has been published in Journal of Democracy, Democratization, Central Asian Survey, The RUSI Journal, Caucasus Survey, Central Asian Affairs, Foreign Affairs, and the Review of Middle Eastern Studies among others.

Recent Events

  • Re-Silk Roads Perspectives
    Friday
    20-01-2023 @ 14:00
    Platform | Zoom
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    Like all labels, the Silk Roads is both helpful and unhelpful – with much depending on the eye of the beholder. In this conference, a formidable group of scholars will talk about conceptualisations of the Silk Roads across a range of periods, regions and media. Xinru Liu is one of the world’s leading scholars of the histories of exchange in Eurasia. Associate Professor of History at the College of New Jersey, Professor Liu’s books include The Silk Road in History and most recently The World of the Ancient Silk Road, a collection of outstanding essays that was published in 2022. David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge where he is a Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. His magnum opus, The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans won the Wolfson Prize in 2020. Dilnoza Duturaeva is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of York. Her new book Qarakhanid Roads to China (2022) offers a major new perspective on Sino-Turkish relations in the 10th-12th centuries. Dr Duturaeva also directs the ground-breaking Steppe Sisters project which connects women and under-represented groups in academia who conduct research in Central Asia. Other speakers include members of the Silk Roads programme at King’s.

  • The Persianate World: What is it? How did it appear? Why did it Collapse?
    Friday
    27-01-2023 @ 14:00
    Platform | Zoom
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    Richard Eaton is a professor of South Asian history at the University of Arizona. He published monographs including Sufis of Bijapur: Social Roles of Sufis in Medieval India (Princeton, 1978); The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204-1760 (California, 1993); Social History of the Deccan, 1300-1761: Eight Indian Lives (Cambridge, 2005); with Phillip B. Wagoner, Power, Memory, Architecture: Contested Sites on India’s Deccan Plateau, 1300-1600 (Oxford, 2014), and one survey: India in the Persianate Age, 1000-1765 (Penguin, 2020). The analytical tools used in these five books include, respectively, Weberian social thought, Annales School methodology, biography, architecture, and literary studies. In August 2022 Primus Books published a collection of his recent essays, The Lotus and the Lion: Essays on India’s Sanskritic and Persianate Worlds.

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Silk Roads Programme News

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New Research Fellow to join Silk Roads Programme

A third Research Fellow has been appointed to the Silk Roads Programme at King’s.

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The new Silk Roads PhD Studentship is open to applicants

This studentship will provide funding for up to 4 years to pursue research on some aspect of the Silk Roads.

Peter Frankopan - Associate Director of the Silk Roads Programme

Peter Frankopan appointed as Associate Director of King’s Silk Roads Programme

King’s is delighted that Peter Frankopan, the foremost expert on the Silk Roads in the UK...