Wednesday, October 11

6:30-7:00 pm – “Searching for the ‘Silk Road’: How will we know that we have found it?”
Keynote lecture by Daniel Waugh, Director of the Seattle Silk Road Project and editor of the journal of the Silkroad Foundation. (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 Pastry

9:00 am – Welcome Remarks

9:10-10:20 am – Archaeology

  • 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 Ajimail Shah, University of Kashmir
    “Understanding Cross-Cultural Interaction: Silk Route and the Kushan Material Culture in Kashmir, India”
  • Discussion

10:20 am-12:00 pm – Tomb Art 

  • Heather Clydesdale, independent scholar
    “Buried Towers: The Screen Wall and Artistic Innovation on China’s Frontier”
  • Young-pil Kwon, Seoul 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”
  • Insook Lee, Seoul Baekje Museum, “Gold and Glass: The Silk Road Treasures of Ancient Korea”
  • Chiara Gasparin, independent scholar, “Along the Silk Road’s Thread: Textile as a Universal Medium of Eurasian Kinship”
  • Discussion

12:00-1:30 pm – Lunch with Chinese Dance Performance
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 294 (location may change)

1:30-2:40 pm – China

  • Angela Sheng, McMaster University
    “Revisiting Early Chinese Silks along the Silk Road and Revealing Nomadic Contribution, 200 BCE-600 CE.”
  • Bonnie Cheng, Oberlin College
    “The Underground Silk Road – Pictorial Affinities in 5th c. Cave Temples and Tombs”
  • Kyoko Nomoto, Oxford University, “Political roles of Dress along the Silk Road: A Case Study of Early Tang China and its Neighboring Regions”
  • Discussion

Coffee Break

2:50-4:20 pm – Religious Art

  • Naela Aamir, Lahore University
    “The Petroglyphs of the Silk Route: Shatial to Khunjerab Pass”
  • Rebecca Twist, Pacific University
    “Images of the Crowned Buddha along the Silk Road: Iconography and Ideology”
  • Jin Xu, Vassar College, “Life like the Buddha: Narrative Illustrations on the Shi Jun Sarcophagus (580 CE).”
  • Andrea Jian Chen, University of Hong Kong
    “Rethinking Mongolian Nestorian Art”
  • Discussion

4:20-5:50 pm – West Asia and the Maritime Silk Road

  • Leah Marangos, Columbia University
    “Inspired by Others: Ornamentation on the Monasteries of Dadivank and Ganzasar in Nagorno Karabagh (in South Caucasus)”
  • Alireza, Karimi, University of Tabriz, Eastern Azerbaijan
    “Transition Elements of Chinese Paintings of Historic Silk Route to Iran”
  • Madurawala Sobhitha, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
    “Maritime Silk Road and Sri Lanka: Sino Sri Lankan relations in Tang Dynasty”
  • Wu Jing, Jilin University
    “The status of Haifengzhen site in the Chinese Seaway Transportation during Jin and Yuan Dynasties (1127-1368)”
  • Discussion

Coffee Break

6:30-7:00 pm – “The ‘Iconic’ Silk Road: Asset and Liability”
Keynote lecture by Annette Juliano, Professor of Asian Art at the Newark branch of Rutgers 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 at Duck House Chinese Restaurant

Friday, October 13

Morning suggestion – 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.

12:00-1:30 pm – “The Lord of the Seven Climes: Iran at the Center of Eurasian Exchange”
Keynote lecture by Matthew P. Canepa, Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota. (This event it free and open to the public)

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

Afternoon suggestion – Visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden
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.

More suggestions on our Portland Information page.



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