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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Does cultural interaction foment cultural change?: A case study from the proto-Silk Road in northwestern China

Lecture | February 20 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Andrew Womack, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford University

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

More than 2000 years before the development of the historical Silk Road, people living in what is now northwestern China were participating in long-distance exchange networks that brought them new goods and technologies from both the Central Asian steppe and eastern China. These included domesticates such as wheat, barley, sheep, and cattle, as well as bronze working, jade carving, and pyromantic...   More >

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Silk, gold, and glass: Upper Mustang and Nepal and the Silk Roads after 400 CE

Lecture | March 5 | 5-7 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Mark Aldenderfer, Distinguished Professor and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Endowed Chair, UC Merced

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

The high Himalayan valley of Upper Mustang today appears isolated and remote. But more than 1600 years ago, the settlements of Upper Mustang participated in an extensive trade network that ultimately connected them to the fabled Silk Road. Not only did exotic objects find their way in to the region, but new ideas and religious practices appeared in mortuary rites and rituals and which reflect a...   More >

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Nomadic Identity: The Development of a Multiethnic Empire in Mongolia

Lecture | March 18 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Christine Lee, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, California State University, Los Angeles

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Mongolia Initiative

The nomadic states in Mongolia developed their own definitions of ethnicity and citizenship independently from the settled populations of China. Here, nomads and agriculturalists have lived in the same communities for thousands of years. While the ruling nobility was one specific ethnicity, there was not a clear hierarchy of ethnicities. Mongolia has experienced the migration and incorporation of...   More >

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Facheng, Gö Chödrup, and the Three Monks Wu: The Multiple Mistaken Identities of a Sino-Tibetan Translator in Dunhuang

Lecture | April 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Meghan Howard, UC Berkeley

 Center for Buddhist Studies, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Inscriptions and manuscripts from the Mogao Caves (Dunhuang, China) preserve a wealth of evidence on the lives of individuals who lived in this Silk Road oasis at the end of the first millennium of the Common Era. However, deciphering these sources is not always a straightforward business. One of the best attested figures in Dunhuang is a ninth-century monk known by the Chinese name Facheng...   More >