Silk Roads seminar series

UCL institute of archaeology Silk Roads centre is hosting a lecture series on Mondays and select Fridays

The Silk Roads Seminar Series is a joint series organised by the International Centre for Silk Roads Archaeology & Heritage, the Central Asian Archaeological Landscape project (CAAL), and the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA), at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.   The series will explore three inter-related themes: archaeology in Central Asia (broadly related to the Silk Roads), the Maritime Silk Routes, and the geopolitics of the Silk Roads today.  Leading scholars in these fields are invited to present their research.  Scroll down for the programme or view it here.

These seminars will take place at Zoom platform, throughout the Term II, on Mondays and selected Fridays:

NO secure Zoom link can be published at this time. If you wish to attend the seminar this Monday please email Rui Pang or use the ID and passcode provided.

Zoom Meeting ID: 992 2337 3036  
Passcode: 905838

25 January, 4pm GMT: Professor Simon Kaner on Nara to Norwich: art and belief at the ends of the Silk Roads

This talk will introduce a new research project that aims to reassess the role of the Silk Roads in religious change in Korea and Japan, and around the North Sea, in the later first millennium, reporting in particular on a study visit to Korea and Japan in 2019 taking in the recently inscribed UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Korean kingdom of Baekje, along with the Asuka region in Japan. This is leading towards an exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia in 2024 on the theme of Nara to Norwich: art and belief at the ends of the Silk Roads 500 – 1000 CE.

Professor Simon Kaner is the Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, where he is also the Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, and Director of Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia. He is an archaeologist specialising in the prehistory of Japan. As Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London since 2005, he has taught and published on many aspects of East Asian and European archaeology. He has undertaken archaeological research in Japan, the UK and elsewhere and worked for several years in archaeological heritage management in the UK. His recent publications include An Illustrated Companion to Japanese Archaeology (Oxford, Archaeopress, 2nd Edn. 2020) and The Archaeology of Medieval Towns: Case Studies from Japan and Europe (Oxford, Archaeopress 2020). He is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Korea and Japan. Professor Kaner is also Research Fellow in the Japanese Section, Department of Asia, The British Museum, and Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. He is Co-Editor of the Japanese Journal of Archaeology, Series Editor for the Archaeopress series Comparative Perspectives on Japanese Archaeology and Series Co-Editor for the Springer series The Science of the History of Humanity in Asia and the Pacific.


We look forward to seeing you on Monday and please do feel free to forward the series to colleagues who might be of interest.

Best wishes and stay well,

Tim Williams, Dorian Fuller & Rui Pang

The International Centre for Silk Roads Archaeology & Heritage
The Central Asian Archaeological Landscape project (CAAL)
The International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA)
UCL Institute of Archaeology

the programme

11/01/2021 Prof Tim Winter (University of Western Australia, Perth) Geocultural Power: The Revival of the Silk Roads in the 21st Century

18/01/2021 Dr Dmitry Voyakin (Director of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies, Samarkand) Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Kazakhstan, including an investigation of Aral Sea Region

25/01/2021 Prof Simon Kaner (Executive Director, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, and Director, Centre for Japanese Studies and University of East Anglia) Nara to Norwich: Art and Belief at the Ends of the Silk Roads

01/02/2021 Dr Helen Persson Swain (freelance) Curating the V&A Stein Collection

08/02/2021 Dr Marco Nebbia (UCL), with Dr Gai Jorayev (UCL) The Central Asian Archaeological Landscape Project: Remote Sensing and Landscape Change

22/02/2021 Dr Veronica Walker-Vadillo (University of Helsinki) Ports and Harbours of Southeast Asia: Human-environment Entanglements in Early Modern Maritime Trade Networks

01/03/2021 Dr Bérénice Bellina-Pryce (Maison Archéologie Ethnologie, CNRS & University of Paris-Nanterre) Recent Work on Riverine Ports in Myanmar

08/03/2021 Dr Robert Spengler (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) Seed-Dispersal Mechanisms in Plant Domestication

15/03/2021 Dr June Wang (Associate Professor of Urban Geography in the Department of Public Policy at City University of Hong Kong) The Silk Roads and Geopolitics in Heritage

22/03/2021 Dr Anke Hein (Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford) Human Response to High Altitude Environmental Change on the Eastern Rim of the Tibetan Plateau

Three Friday seminars commencing at 10:00 GMT


26/02/2021 Prof Himanshu Prabha Ray (Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University & Senior Research Fellow at Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies) Maritime Networks in the Indian Ocean

05/03/2021 Prof Sarah Ward (Visiting Professor of Maritime Archaeology at Dalian Maritime University’s Centre for Maritime History and Culture Research) Asian underwater cultural heritage

12/03/2021 Prof MA Jian (Northwest University China) Archaeology in the Eastern Tianshan Mountains

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