Wednesday, October 11

6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Lecture by Daniel C. Waugh
“Searching for the ‘Silk Road’: How will we know that we have found it?”
Director of the Seattle Silk Road Project and editor of the journal of the Silkroad Foundation.
Opening Remarks by Jian Wang, Confucius Institute, Portland State University. Introduction by Lindsay J. Benstead, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Portland State University.
This event it free and open to the public

Art Building, Room 200 | 2000 SW 5th Ave | Facebook Event

Thursday, October 12

All events are in Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 296-298 | 1825 SW Broadway | unless otherwise noted.

8:30-9:00 am – Coffee and Pastries
Sponsored by the Korean Consulate General, Seattle, throughout the symposium

9:00 am – Welcome Remarks
Junghee Lee, School of Art + Design, Portland State University
Suwako Watanabe, Institute of Asian Studies, Portland State University

9:05-10:30 am – Session I: Archaeology
Chair: Karen Carr, Portland State University
Discussants: Thomas Landvatter, Reed College; Karen Carr, Portland State University

  • Xijuan Zhou, Willamette University
    “Traces of Shamanic Rituals and Beliefs found in Pre-Historic Sites in Xinjiang”
  • Sunmi Park, Northeast Asian History Foundation
    “Study of Antenna Style Daggers in Northeast Asia from the Perspective of Interregional Interaction”
  • Mohamad Ajmal Shah, University of Kashmir
    “Understanding Cross-Cultural Interaction: Silk Route and the Kushan Material Culture in Kashmir, India”

10:40 am-12:20 pm –  Session II: Art in Mortuary Contexts
Chair: Linda Walton, Portland State University
Discussant: Dawn Odell, Lewis and Clark College

  • Young-pil Kwon, The Korean National University of Arts
    “The border pattern dividing the Earthly World and the Heavenly World in Koguryo tomb paintings: Merlon pattern and lattice patterns of Gandhara and Dunhuang”
  • Heather Clydesdale, Santa Clara University
    “Buried Towers: The Screen Wall and Artistic Innovation on China’s Frontier”
  • Bonnie Cheng, Oberlin College
    “The Underground Silk Road – Pictorial Affinities in 5th c. Cave Temples and Tombs”
  • Jin Xu, Vassar College
    “Life like the Buddha: Narrative Illustrations on the Shi Jun Sarcophagus (580 CE)”

12:20-1:30 pm – Lunch and meeting (by invitation only)
Sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies

1:30-3:20 pm – Session III: Religious Art Iconography
Chair: Anousha Sedighi, Persian Studies, Portland State University
Discussant: Annette Juliano, Rutgers University, Newark

  • Rebecca Twist, Pacific University
    “Images of the Crowned Buddha along the Silk Road: Iconography and Ideology”
  • Abdul Rauf Kakepoto, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur-Sindh, Pakistan
    “Archaeology of Uddiyana with reference to Guru Padmasambhava”
  • Andrea Jian Chen, University of Hong Kong
    “Data Report and Identification of The So-called Nestorian Crosses”
  • Naela Aamir, College of Art & Design, University of the Punjab, Lahore
    “The Prehistoric Petroglyphs of the Silk Route: Shatial to Khunjerab Pass”

3:30-4:50 pm – Session IV: Transcending Frontiers
Chair: Matthew P. Canepa, University of Minnesota
Discussant: Matthew P. Canepa, University of Minnesota

  • Angela Sheng, McMaster University, Canada
    “Revisiting Early Chinese Silks along the Silk Road and Revealing Nomadic Contribution, 200 BCE-600 CE.”
  • Mariachiara Gasparini, independent scholar
    “Along the Silk Road’s Thread: Textile as a Universal Medium of Eurasian Kinship”
  • Aleksandra Naymark, Hofstra University
    “Paintings in the Red Hall of Varakhsha and Tiraz of Buhtegin (Shroud of St. Josse)”

5:00-5:30 pm – General Discussion
Chair: Daniel C. Waugh, University of Washington

5:30-6:00 pm – Break

6:00-7:15 pm – Keynote Lecture by Annette Juliano
“The ‘Iconic’ Silk Road: Asset or Liability?”
Professor of Asian Art at the Newark branch of Rutgers University
Introduced by Junghee Lee, Portland State University
This event it free and open to the public

Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 296-298 | 1825 SW Broadway | Facebook Event

7:30-9:00 pm – Dinner (by invitation only)

Friday, October 13

9:10-10:00 am – Bonus Session: Presentation by Daniel C. Waugh featuring slides of rare, original Silk Road materials

10:10-11:40 am – Session V: Maritime Silk Road
Chair: Junghee Lee, Portland State University
Discussant: Daniel C. Waugh, University of Washington

  • Manu P. Sobti, The University of Queensland, Australia
    “Medieval Riverine Landscapes of Passage and Journey: Border, Riparian and Steppe in the Oxus Borderland.”
  • Insook Lee, Seoul Baekje Museum
    “Revealing the Baekje’s Contribution on the Eastern Silk Road Story”
  • Jing Wu, Research Centre for Chinese Frontier Archaeology, Jilin University, China
    “An archaeological observation on the seaports for porcelain shipping in Jin Dynasty: Internal and External”

12:00-1:30 pm – Keynote Lecture by Matthew P. Canepa
“The Lord of the Seven Climes: Iran at the Center of Eurasian Exchange”
Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota
Introduction by Anne McClanan, Portland State University
Lecture followed by reception and conclusion of the symposium.
This event it free and open to the public

Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 296-298 | 1825 SW Broadway | Facebook Event

Afternoon suggestions

Visit the Portland Art Museum
Located at 1219 SW Park Avenue, the museum is just a short walk north of campus on the Park Blocks. They have generously donated free admission to conference attendees with proof of registration.

Visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden (guided tour at 3:00 pm)
Located at 239 NW Everett Street, this garden is one of Portland’s greatest treasures and most interesting sites to see while visiting. A result of a collaboration between the cities of Portland and Suzhou, our sister city in China’s Jiangsu province that’s famous for its beautiful Ming Dynasty gardens, Lan Su was built by Chinese artisans from Suzhou and is one the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China. Lan Su Chinese Garden has donated free admission to registered conference attendees. Please see Junghee Lee to get your ticket.

Lunch Suggestions

  • Museum Grounds – The Portland Art Museum cafe, 1219 SW Park Ave
    Salads and sandwiches from Elephant’s Delicatessen at a very reasonable price
  • Honey’s Cafe – 936 SW Jefferson St
    Bento lunches and sandwiches
  • Park Avenue Cafe – 1525 SW Park Ave (corner of Park and Market St
    sandwiches, wraps, quiches
  • Bamboo Sushi – 404 SW 12th Ave
    World first certified sustainable sushi restaurant
  • Baan Thai Restaurant – 1924 SW Broadway
    Casual, contemporary Thai restaurant & bar serving classic dishes, beers & cocktails
  • Laughing Planet Cafe – 1720 SW 4th Ave
    Tasty burritos and bowls, soups, salads, smoothies, juices, and homemade cookies, all locally and sustainably sourced.
  • 4th Avenue Food Carts – West side of 4th Ave between Hall and College Sts.
    Numerous food carts featuring international cuisines

More suggestions on our Portland Information page.



Image: Tash Rabat, 15th century stone caravanserai in At Bashy district, Naryn Province, Kyrgyzstan. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)