Silk Roads Programme Events

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Upcoming Events

  • Multiculturalism in Dunhuang in the 10th century
    Friday
    26-11-2021 @ 14:00
    Platform | Zoom and King's College
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    The event will be held in the Audit Room, King's College and streamed on Zoom- please join us in person or online! To attend in person at King's please sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/multiculturalism-in-dunhuang-in-the-10th-century-tickets-215607015387

     

    Imre Galambos is a reader in Chinese at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. He specialises in medieval China, the history of Chinese manuscripts and origin of Chinese writing as well as links between China and Central Asia. His current research focus is on Chinese and Tangut documents from Dunhuang, especially the influence of non-Chinese written traditions on Chinese manuscript culture.


    Join us to hear more about the multicultural manuscripts of Dunhaung in the 10th century.

  • Cross-cultural explorations in the emotions: the case of shame in Aristotle and Xunzi
    Friday
    03-12-2021 @ 14:00
    Platform | Zoom and King's College
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    The event will be held in the Audit Room, King's College and streamed on Zoom- please join us in person or online!

     

    Jenny Zhao is a research fellow at the Needham Institute speacialising in ancient philosophy, comparative studies of ancient Greece and early China and the reception of Greco-Roman classics in China. Topics of particular interest include shame and the emotions, human nature and moral education, as well as representations of infancy and childhood in philosophical works.

    Join us to hear more about cross-cultural explorations of emotions in the ancient world.

Recent Events

  • Conference: Early Soviet Central Asia
    Thursday
    10-06-2021 @ 12:00
    Platform | Zoom
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    On 10 June, we are delighted to be holding a conference on early Soviet Central Asia at King’s College, Cambridge to discuss the implications of the Revolutions of 1917 and the years that followed for the peoples of Central Asia. This was a tumultuous period that saw competing visions being set out for the future, opportunities being created and in some cases lost, of new alliances being formed and ultimately of repression as settlements were imposed and then ruthlessly enforced as the nascent Soviet Union took shape.

    This event will see four leading scholars of this region and period present their research in a series of short papers, followed by a round-table Q&A.

    The conference is open to all, but pre-registration is required.

     

    Introductory remarks: Prof Peter Frankopan and HE Erlan Idrissov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UK

     

    Tomohiko Uyama (Hokkaido Univ), "Cooperation and Hostility between Kazakh Nationalists and Bolsheviks: The Alash Orda's Legacies in Early Soviet Central Asia."

     

    Alun Thomas (Staffordshire Univ), ‘Mapping Border Attestations in Early Soviet Central Asia: Patterns in Conflict and Space.’

     

    Niccolò Pianciola (Nazarbayev Univ, Nur-Sultan), "Connected, Transnational, Regional, Local? A Central Asian Borderland during State Collapse and Reconstruction, 1916-1924"

     

    Botakoz Kassymbekova (Liverpool John Moores Univ), ‘The illiberal promise and its discontents. Actors and actions for early Soviet Central Asia'

  • Gold of the Great Steppe: The Archaeological Context
    Tuesday
    28-09-2021 @ 14:30
    Platform | Zoom and King's College (Please register)
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    As part of the opening events for the Gold of the Great Steppe exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum (https://fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/visit-us/exhibitions/gold-of-the-great-steppe), we are delighted to announce that two leading Kazakh archaeologists, Professor Zainolla Samashev and Professor Abdesh Toleubayev, whose research underpins the exhibition, will be giving guest lectures in Cambridge on the archaeology of Iron Age Kazakhstan. 

     

    Professor Samashev is the head of many archaeological expeditions, and an internationally recognised specialist on the petroglyphs of Kazakhstan. Professor Samashev excavated many of the artefacts on display in the exhibition from Berel and Eleke Sazy, and has contributed to both the publication and development of research strategy of the material to be carried out in Cambridge.

     

    Both archaeologist and ethnographer, Professor Toleybayev is a specialist in the Iron Age of East Kazakhstan, as well as having conducted extensive ethnographic work among the local Kazakh population. His pioneering work led to the discovery of the astounding gold artefacts from the Shilikti Iron Age Saka burial ground.

     

    This talk will be available through live translation in both English and Russian. If you would like to attend in person, please could you complete the brief registration form here to assist with planning:

    https://forms.gle/xnXMXmUQWYpoo2Qo6

     

  • Gold of the Great Steppe: Curating the Fitzwilliam Exhibition
    Friday
    15-10-2021 @ 14:00
    Platform | Zoom and King's College
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    The event will be held in the Audit Room, King's College and streamed on Zoom- please join us in person or online! To attend in person please register here so we can control numbers for covid safety https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gold-of-the-great-steppe-curating-the-fitzwilliam-exhibition-tickets-189735091767

     

    Rebecca Roberts is lead curator of the 'Gold of the Great Steppe' exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and an archaeologist with a particular interest in climate, subsistence strategies and land use in the Bronze and Iron Ages of Kazakhstan.

    Saltanat Amirova is a Harding scholar in the department of archaeology, University of Cambridge and specialises in archaeometallurgy, the study of ancient metals across Eurasia, especially in Kazakhstan.

    Join us to hear more about the 'Gold of the Great Steppe' exhibition which presents artefacts from the extraordinary burial mounds of the Saka people of East Kazakhstan, whose culture flourished around 2,500 years ago.

  • Urbanisation in the Afro-Eurasian Commercial Revolution 800-1330: The case of Ani
    Friday
    22-10-2021 @ 14:00
    Platform | Zoom and King's College
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    The event will be held in the Audit Room, King's College and streamed on Zoom- please join us in person or online! To attend in person please register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/urbanisation-in-afro-eurasian-commercial-revolution-800-1330-tickets-193487154287

     

    Nik Matheou is  social historian specialising in the Middle East and Mediterranean in the Middle Ages, particularly Anatolia, Upper Mesopotamia and Caucasia (approximately modern-day Turkey, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, as well as parts of northern Syria and Iraq). His research particularly focuses on the empire of New Rome (“Byzantium”), the medieval Armenian and Georgian polities, and the city of Ani, between the ninth and fourteenth centuries.

     

    Join us to hear more about his work on the important economic and political centre of Ani.

  • Constructing identities on the Silk Road: A Sogdian example in 6th century China
    Friday
    29-10-2021 @ 14:00
    Platform | Zoom
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    This seminar will be on Zoom only.

     

    Jin Xu is an art historian whose research focusses on religious and funerary art in early medieval China (220-589 CE). During this period, Chinese culture was transformed by the arrival of immigrants from the Mongolian steppes and Central Asia, which is witnessed by stone objects, such as sarcophagi and Buddhist steles.

     

    Join us to hear more about the art and identities of Sogdian immigrants in sixth-century China.

  • Gandhara and the Limits of Roman Art
    Friday
    05-11-2021 @ 14:00
    Platform | Zoom
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    Peter Stewart is Professor of Ancient Art and director of the Classical Art Research Centre at the University of Oxford. He has published widely on Roman art and works on the connections between classical art and the artistic traditions of Asia, especially the ancient Buddhist sculpture of Gandhara in what is now northern Pakistan

    Join us to hear more about his research on Gandhara and the eastern limits of Roman art.

  • Local Elites and global trade: the Georgian monarchy and the Silk Roads in the 12th -14th centuries
    Friday
    12-11-2021 @ 14:00
    Platform | Zoom
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    This event will be on Zoom only.

     

    Emil Avdaliani is a lecturer in history and international relations at Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. His research covers a broad range of topics from the Byzantine world to the present day with a specific interest in representation of power and its role in economic connectivity across Eurasia.


    Join us to hear more about the role of the Georgian monarchy in medieval trade networks.

  • The Russian Conquest of Central Asia
    Friday
    19-11-2021 @ 14:00
    Platform | Zoom and King's College
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    The event will be held in the Audit Room, King's College and streamed on Zoom- please join us in person or online! To attend in person please register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-russian-conquest-of-central-asia-alexander-morrison-oxford-tickets-209835552787

     

    Alexander Morrison is a historian of empire and of colonial warfare, with a particular focus on the Russians in Central Asia, with much of his work comparing Russian and British Imperial and military history.. He is a Fellow and Tutor in History at New College, with a Faculty post in the History of Modern War.

    Join us to hear more about this recent book 'The Russian Conquest of Central Asia. A Study in Imperial Expansion 1814-1914.'

  • Multiculturalism in Dunhuang in the 10th century
    Friday
    26-11-2021 @ 14:00
    Platform | Zoom and King's College
    ID: Please register on 'join meeting' link Passcode: none

    The event will be held in the Audit Room, King's College and streamed on Zoom- please join us in person or online! To attend in person at King's please sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/multiculturalism-in-dunhuang-in-the-10th-century-tickets-215607015387

     

    Imre Galambos is a reader in Chinese at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. He specialises in medieval China, the history of Chinese manuscripts and origin of Chinese writing as well as links between China and Central Asia. His current research focus is on Chinese and Tangut documents from Dunhuang, especially the influence of non-Chinese written traditions on Chinese manuscript culture.


    Join us to hear more about the multicultural manuscripts of Dunhaung in the 10th century.

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