Spring 2015

Please visit the main Schedule of Events page for information regarding the time and location of each seminar.  Participation is restricted to current faculty, academic staff, and students.

A Demise Greatly Exaggerated: the Silk Road in the Early Modern Era
January 8, 2015 

Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
“The Eurasian Drug Trade: Commodities and Medical Knowledge between East and West”

Associate Professor, Department of History, Ohio State University
“Networks of Trade in Early Modern Central Asia”

Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University

Science on the Silk Road
January 29, 2015 

Canada Research Chair of Early Modern Studies and Associate Professor, Department of History, University of British Columbia
“Paper Dolls: An Architectonics of Translation in Early Modern Eurasia”

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Pennsylvania State University-Abington
"Are Buddhist Scriptures the 'Missing Link' in the Global History of Medicine?"

Associate Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University

Islamic Encounters with Sinic and Buddhistic Realms
February 19, 2015 

Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University
“‘Ala’ ad-dawla as-Simnani and the Buddhists of Iran, 1258-1328”

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
“The Timurid-Ming Embassy of 1419-22: Art After China”

Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, George Washington University

Performance and Performativity
March 19, 2015 

Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music, Department of Music, Dartmouth College
“The Silk Road as Jam Session, Then and Now”

Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Lafayette College
“Strumming Strings along the Ancient Silk Road: Archaeological Evidence for Lutes and their Performance in the First Centuries CE”

Professor, Department of Ethnomusicology, University of Maryland School of Music

Institutional Settings
April 9, 2015 

Programme Specialist, Asia and Pacific Unit, UNESCO
“Heritage Conservation, International Cooperation, and Capacity Development: UNESCO’s Recent Projects for the Silk Roads Serial and Transnational World Heritage Nomination in Central Asia”

Director, International Dunhuang Project, British Library
“Defining a Cultural Silk Road for Today: IDP and Negotiating the Landscape of International Collaboration”

Curator of Ancient Chinese Art, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution

On-Site Session at the Freer Gallery of Art (by invitation only)
April 24, 2015 (2:30-4:30pm)

Associate Curator for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution
"Three Works from Dunhuang in the Freer Gallery of Art"

Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Art and Art History, Georgetown University

Silk Road Politics and Policies: Security, Energy and Eurasian Land Bridges
April 30, 2015 

Research Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
"The US Silk Road: Geopolitical Imaginary or the Repackaging of Strategic Interests?"

Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Institute of International Relations, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
“Building an Interest Community: New Development of the Energy Club in the Silk Road Economic Belt”

Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School, George Washington University