january 2023 musings

a few events and readings to begin the year with

From all of us to all of you, a happy and healthy 2023!!

If you don’t already follow the Silk Roads Programme from King’s College, Cambridge, here is a link to upcoming events – hybrid for those who can’t make to in-person events.

Also, from Cambridge, Gandhara Connections, is hosting a hybrid international workshop: Their website states: ‘”Classical Art and Ancient India”, which will be hosted in person in Oxford and online via Zoom on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd March 2023. The workshop will bring together invited international speakers and a worldwide audience to address a topic very closely related to Gandhara and vital for placing classical art in its global context: the question of how much mutual artistic exchange occurred between other parts of India, Greece and Rome in antiquity, and what we stand to learn by studying their art traditions alongside each other.’

New book alert: Xin Wen’s The King’s Road: Diplomacy and the Remaking of the Silk Road is out from Princeton University Press. From their website: ‘An exciting and richly detailed new history of the Silk Road that tells how it became more important as a route for diplomacy than for trade.’ According to @xwen0113, if you order from the PUP website, use the code P321 for 30% discount!!

The Uyghur Human Rights Project has published a guide for Decolonizing the Discussion of Uyghurs: Recommendations for Journalists and Researchers by Peter Irwin, Mustafa Aksu, Dr. Elise Anderson, Dr. Henryk Szadziewski. You can read their comments online or download the full report.

New research on ‘The transmission of pottery technology among prehistoric European hunter-gatherers‘ by Ekaterina Dolbunova et al, published in Nature Human Behaviour, discusses hypotheses regarding a more detailed approach to the existing pan-continental scale models of the spread of pottery among hunter gatherers. The article focuses on ‘behavioural mechanisms that led to the emergence of pottery among…communities in Europe during the mid-Holocene.’

Sidestone Press published Living (World) Heritage Cities: Opportunities, challenges, and future perspectives of people-centered approaches in dynamic historic urban landscapes, edited by Maaike S. de Waal, Ilaria Rosetti, Mara de Groot & Uditha Jinadasa. The book (which can be read open access online) contains case studies from King’s Cross, London to Xi’an, China – just our kind of journey!

And, finally, it is so nice to see an article by our colleague Bobomullo Bobommuloev published on the CAAL website picked up by the Greek Reporter. What a nice way to begin the year! Read their report ‘Rock Inscriptions in Greek Discovered on Mountain in Central Asia’ by Stephanie Makri. We appreciate their citing Bobomullo’s photos as well as his name and that of the shepherd who alerted officials to the site.

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