The Art & Archaeology of the Silk Road

Conference Date: October 11-13, 2017
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

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, 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 looking at both the land and maritime Silk Road routes.

Call for Papers: Deadline January 15, 2017

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 Professor Junghee Lee ( We also welcome proposals for panels, and for the proposed sessions please include an abstract and c.v. for each participant.



< Call for Papers in downloadable PDF format





Key Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline
January 15, 2017

Acceptance Notification
March 1, 2017

Early Registration Deadline
August 1, 2017

Registration Deadline
September 29, 2017

Conference Date
October 11-13, 2017



Image: Cresques Abraham, Catalan Atlas, 1375. Detail depicting 13th century Asia with caravan on the silk road. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)