CFP: Travel the Silk Road to Portland

Portland State University is pleased to announce its upcoming conference on October 12, 2017

The Art & Archaeology of the Silk Road

Extent of Silk Route/Silk Road. Red is land route and the blue is the sea/water route.

We invite papers that explore the portable arts and built environment of the Silk Road from its beginnings through the period of its fragmentation under the Mongol Empire. Papers may investigate case studies in specific visual and material culture topics or archeological sites or take a broader, comparative approach. We are particularly interested in having a geographic range of topics represented in the material shared at the conference in order to explore possible themes such as diplomacy in art, hybridity, exoticism, regionalism, and globalization.


Sogdian man on a Bactrian camel, sancai ceramic glaze, Chinese Tang Dynasty (618-907)

The language of the conference presentations will be English, and the presentations will be 20-minute papers grouped around themes for discussion panels following each set of talks. Please submit an approximately 300-word abstract and curriculum vitae to Professors Junghee Lee and Anne McClanan.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline:
January 15, 2017

Acceptance Notification:
March 1, 2017

Early Registration Deadline:
August 15, 2017

Registration Deadline:
September 29, 2017

Conference Date:
October 12, 2017


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