Mithra, Buddha, and Mani Walk into a Desert...: Indo-Iranian and Sino-Iranian Encounters in Central Asia

Conference/Symposium | May 3 – 4, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

All panels held at 180 Doe Library (*except where indicated)

Friday May 3, 10am–12:00pm
Introductory Remarks
Sanjyot Mehendale, UC Berkeley

Changing Vocabulary of Manichaean Visual Syntax in Uyghur East Central Asia
Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, Northern Arizona University

Manichaean Official Documents in their Central Asian Context
Adam Benkato, UC Berkeley

Manichaean Evidence for Kushan Buddhism
Jason BeDuhn, Northern Arizona University

Friday, May 3, 1:30–3:30 pm
Buddhist Sogdian Interconfessional Space: Remarks from Art and Textual Evidence
Barakatullo Ashurov, Harvard University

Indo-Iranian, Perso-Buddhist, and Sino-Iranian Entanglements: Imaging Religion and Royal Power at the End of Antiquity
Matthew Canepa, UC Irvine

Itinerant Kingship, Buddhist Monasteries, and the Making of a Kushan Royal Cult
Sanjyot Mehendale, UC Berkeley

*Friday, May 3, 5:15–7:00 pm
Morrison Room, Doe Library

Heroes Take Their Stands: Milestones on the Silk Road
Ahmad Sadri, Lake Forest College

Sug-e Siavosh (Mourning for Siavosh)
Soroor Ghanimati, UC Berkeley

Electra, a Sonic Heroine
Duncan MacRae, UC Berkeley

Saturday, May 4, 10:00–12 noon
Wind and Fire: Some Shared Motifs in Indo-Iranian and Sino-Iranian Settings
Jenny Rose, Claremont Graduate University

Greek Helios or Indian Surya?: Evolution of the Sun God’s Iconography from India to Bamiyan and Dunhuang
Osmund Bopearachchi, UC Berkeley

Two Ascetics between Gandhara and Dunhuang and Back: Transformations in the Depiction of the Śyāmaand the Dīpaṃkara Jātakas
Jessie Pons, Ruhr-University Bochum

Saturday, May 4, 1:30–4:00 pm
Recent Fieldwork at the Site of Kuh-e Khwaja, Sistan, Iran
Soroor Ghanimati, UC Berkeley

Khotan and Rawak Vihara on the Southern Silk Road, 3rd to 8th Centuries
Ulf Jäger, University of Leipzig

Non-Buddhist Religious Icons in the Mural Paintings of Early Buddhist Caves in Kucha and Dunhuang
Satomi Hiyama, Kyoto University

Iconography without Texts in Yulin Cave 3
Michelle McCoy, University of Pittsburgh