Volkswagen Fellowship Symposia

Exchange along the Silk Roads between Rome and China in Antiquity: The Silk Trade

Friday, April 20

4:00 pm
Berit Hildebrandt, Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard and University of Hannover
The Silk Trade between the Mediterranean World and Asia: Questions and Approaches

4:45 pm
J. Mark Kenoyer, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Textiles and Trade in South Asia during the Proto-historic and Early Historic Period (2600 BCE – 300 CE)
Respondent: Richard Meadow, Harvard University

6:00 pm
Xinru Liu, The College of New Jersey
Looking towards the West: How the Chinese View the Romans
Respondent: Berit Hildebrandt, Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard and University of Hannover

Saturday, April 21

9:00 am
Peter Fibiger Bang, University of Copenhagen
Archaic Consumption and Ancient World Trade: Silks and other Luxuries between Rome and Han-China
Respondent: Marie-Louise Nosch, The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research, Copenhagen

10:15 am
Beate Wagner-Hasel, University of Hannover
"Ne hirta toga sit, non ut serica": Textile Qualities and Luxury Discourse in Antiquity
Respondent: Marie-Louise Nosch, The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research, Copenhagen

11:30 am
Thelma K. Thomas, New York University
Reflections of the Wide World of Luxury: Silk Finds from the Eastern Mediterranean in Late Antiquity
Respondent: Mary Harlow, The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research, Copenhagen and University of Birmingham
12:30 pm
Lunch Break

1:30 pm
Lillian Lan-ying Tseng, New York University
Text and Textile: Inscribed Brocade in the Tarim Basin
Respondent: Angela Sheng, McMaster University

2:45 pm
Feng Zhao, China National Silk Museum Hangzhou)
The Silk from the Silk Road: Wild and Domestic, or Reused? A Study on Tabby, Taquete and Jin with Spun Silk from Yingpan, Xinjiang, 3-4th Centuries CE
Respondent: Angela Sheng, McMaster University

4:00 pm
Irene Good, University of Oxford
From Han Silk to Samitum - Early Compound Weaves and Loom Technologies in Late Pre-Islamic Inner Asia
Respondent: Angela Sheng, McMaster University

5:15 pm
Final discussion

This symposium is made possible by the generous support of the Volkswagen Foundation.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Berit Hildebrandt, bhildebrandt@fas.harvard.edu.

Program 
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