Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Joint Conference: The Silk Road Heritage in Asia's Imagined Futures - May 14-15, 2015

China Policy Institute
University of Nottingham

Date: Thursday 14th (09:00) - Friday 15th May 2015 (18:00)
Queries can be directed to Mrs Hua Geddes, External Relations Manager,  hua.geddes (at)

This joint conference aims to examine China's New Silk Road (NSR) initiative in historical perspective. How do NSR geo-political, economic and cultural realities measure up with life on the Silk Road in pre-modern times? Beyond superficial symbolism, can a continuum of globalisation be drawn from pre-modernity to modernity? How do we historically characterise and parse down moments of trade intensification across Eurasia? And how might such an undertaking help predict the future of the continent? How does Chinese NSR or pan-Asian rhetoric compare with other pan-Asian strands elsewhere at present and further back in time? Will NSR impact on the formulation of ideology, religion or culture across Eurasia in the near future? To what extent can China’s New Confucian discourse capture the hearts and minds of Asians, where Maoism previously failed? To what extent can NSR temper ethnic tension in Xinjiang? These are some of the question we will hopefully try to tackle.

Joint Organisers:
HH Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Programme at Durham University
The China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham      

The Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW)