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Lectures: Bronze Age Origins of the Silk Road

By Susan Whitfield 2 December 2014

Dr Kristian Kristiansen (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and Dr Idris Abdurusul (Honorary Director, Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology, China), will look at Bronze Age tomb sites from two widely separated regions — Northern Europe and East Central Asia — to highlight some of the similarities between them and discuss their possible connections.

The lectures will be held at 19.00 on Thursday, 4 December 2014 at the University of Leuven, Brussels (Room 00.20, MSI I, Erasmusplein 2, 3000 Leuven).

This series of duo-lectures, “The Silk Road: Border Crossing”, is an initiative and experiment of the Belgian Institute for Advanced Chinese Studies in Brussels (BIHCS/IBHEC), in co-organisation with the Educational and Cultural Department of the Royal Museums of Art and History (KMKG/ MRAH) and supported by Asian Art in Brussels (AAB) and the International Dunhuang Project (IDP).

The duo-lectures are intended to encourage the audience to step out of their comfort zone and participate in ‘border crossing’, not only along the well-known ‘silk roads’ but also by addressing areas that are not traditionally connected with present-day China but that have seen similar developments.

Each session includes a 2×1 hour lecture by two specialists on different areas but similar topics. The sessions will be moderated by the president of the BIHCS/ IBHEC, sinologist and archaeologist, Ilse Timperman.

Future lectures in this series are as below, both to be held at:
Auditorium, Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels.

Sunday 14 December 2014, 10.30am

Early Monasticism and Anchoretic life in Egypt

Dr. Karel Innemée (Leiden University)

Early Monasticism on the Eastern Silk Road (Tarim Basin)

Dr. Susan Whitfield (International Dunhuang Project, British Library)

Sunday 25 January 2015, 10.30am

The Hellenistic East

Prof. Judith Barringer (University of Edinburgh)

Sculpture and the Question of Contacts between China and the Hellenistic East

Dr. Lukas Nickel (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

For further details and a downloadable programme, see The Silk Road: Border Crossing page.


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