17-18 May: Connecting the Silk Road. Trade, People & Social Networks (c. 400-1300 AD)

Leiden University (Leiden Global Interactions - Project ‘Guiding Travelers’) and the Hermitage Amsterdam organize in close collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum Saint Petersburg the conference “Connecting the Silk Road. Trade, People & Social Networks (c. 400-1300 AD)" on May 17 and 18, 2014.
The occasion for this symposium is the exhibition Expedition Silk Road. Treasures from the Hermitage, in the Hermitage Amsterdam on view from March 1 until September 5, 2014.
The conference is organised in close collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

Saturday, May 17

9:30 am - 6:30 pm
University of Leiden
Lipsius Building, Hall xx,
Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden

Sunday, May 18

9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Hermitage Amsterdam
Auditorium
Amstel 51, Amsterdam

Registration

Please register here.

Conference Description

Connecting the Silk Road. Trade, People & Social Networks (c. 400-1300 AD)

For thousands of years, land and sea routes served to exchange goods and ideas over thousands of kilometers from the Pacific East to the Atlantic West. Contacts between east and west are often assumed to have developed first in the Roman period, and then again in the post-Marco Polo era. Exchange however continued, evolving along clusters of networks and changing routes and roads, which were commonly known as ‘the Silk Road’. Networks were created with commercial, social, religious, diplomatic incentives and connected geographical regions over any distance.

In this conference, we aim to highlight the complexity and sophistication of interactions through and between such networks by exploring their diversity, connective infrastructure and organization across natural or human-imposed boundaries. In addition, we hope to discuss development over routes and roads under influence of political, religious, economic and social changes.

Click here for the conference text.

Click here for the programme.

Poster Presentations

Deadline for submissions: 5 May 2014

We cordially invite scholars to give a poster-presentation to present their research. Posters should present research concerning any relevant topic relating to either “Silk Road” topics or networks which connected geographical regions between AD 400 and 1300.

For more information, see: Poster Presentations.

Registration

Registration is open from 23 April to 16 May 2014. Entrance is free, but registration is required.
Please register here.
A fee will be charged for beverages (coffee/tea/lunch and drinks) in Leiden on Saturday. More information will follow.

Credits

Conference Organizers:

Gabrielle van den Berg (Leiden University)
Vincent Boele (Hermitage Amsterdam)
Birgit Boelens (Hermitage Amsterdam)
Pavel Lurje (State Hermitage St Petersburg)
Maria Riep (Leiden University)
Joanita Vroom (Leiden University)

Conference funding provided by:

Leiden Global Interactions (LGI)
KLM
Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS)
Asian Traditions and Modernities (AMT)
Juynboll Stichting

Koppen van demonen in gevecht met een ruiter, Ustrushana, Bunjikat, 8ste–9de eeuw. Muurschildering a secco

Openingstijden

Dagelijks 10–17 uur
Gesloten 26 april en 25 december 2014

© State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

De Hermitage Amsterdam is gevestigd op de Amstel 51.

Contact

Voor informatie over de tentoonstellingen, de programmering, de online ticketshop, het gebouw en reserveringen van rolstoelen, groepsbezoeken en CKV-programma’s:
+31 (0)20 530 87 55

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Voor reserveringen van rondleidingen en zalen:
0900 HERMITAGE (0900-437648243) lokaal tarief

Voor het reserveren van audiotours (mogelijk vanaf 15 audiotours) kunt u contact opnemen met reservations@guideid.com

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Nieuwsbrief

Schrijf u in voor onze maandelijkse nieuwsbrief en wij zullen u op de hoogte blijven houden. Niet alleen van de tentoonstellingen, maar van alle andere activiteiten in de Hermitage Amsterdam. Waaronder de culturele avonden op woensdag, zaterdagmiddag lezingen in het auditorium en de zondagochtend concerten.