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Visual & Material Culture of the Silk Road(s) upcoming virtual symposium

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

You are cordially invited to attend (virtually) an upcoming symposium, Visual & Material Culture of the Silk Road(s), featuring a diverse lineup of speakers from the University of Kansas (KU) and other institutions.* (Click here for the Symposium Program.)

Sponsored by the KU Center for East Asian Studies and Kress Foundation Department of Art History, it will take place on Friday, September 11, from 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Central, and Saturday, September 12, from 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Central, via Zoom (registration information below). The link to the accompanying Spencer Museum of Art exhibition listed in the program will become live on Sept. 4.

Inspired by the Eurasian trade routes that flourished from the 2nd century BCE to the mid-15th century, this symposium highlights how artworks, design, trade goods, medicine, religion, and people traveled both overland and by sea and stimulated new cultural forms and ideas. While the term “Silk Road,” invented in the 19th century, may conjure an image of camels plodding across the desert on one contiguous road, speakers in this symposium challenge us to envision instead a dynamic pattern of cross-cultural exchanges occurring between Asia, Africa, and beyond that continues today.

To attend the symposium, please register for each day separately in advance.

Registration link for day 1 (September 11): https://kansas.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t1lZOnmEQGKdvaPi5r4oyQ

Registration link for day 2 (September 12): https://kansas.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pYiMKf6NRQ2VbvgIPCwc_A 

For any questions about registration, direct your inquiries to ceas@ku.edu

Sherry Fowler, professor of the history of art, spent spring 2020 with the Department of Religious Studies to advance her knowledge of the theories and methodologies used in religious studies scholarship. Her Keeler Professorship supported collaborative research in East Asian religions and art history with Daniel Stevenson, professor of religious studies, and William Lindsey, associate professor of religious studies. Fowler joined the KU faculty in 2000.

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