Hengstberger International Symposium : Before the Silk Road : Eurasian Interactions in the First Millennium BC

Hengstberger International Symposium

Before the Silk Road: Eurasian Interactions in the First Millennium BC

Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH), Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg,

Hauptstr. 242, 69117 Heidelberg

October 28-29, 2019

Program

Day 1  Monday, October 28

8:30-9:00 am   Registration, IWH

9:00 am           Welcoming remarks

Prof. Dr. Peter Comba, Director of IWH, and Dr. Mr. Klaus-Georg Hengstberger, Sponsor of the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Award

9:15 am            Keynote speech:

The Steppe, the Mountains, the Arc and Central China, Interactions and Resistance

Prof. Dr. Dame Jessica Rawson, University of Oxford

 

Panel I: Connectivity and Interactions

Chair: Prof. Dr. Enno Giele, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

9:55 am           Interaction between China’s Great Wall Area and the Steppe in the First Millennium BC 

Prof. Dr. Jianhua Yang, Jilin University, Changchun; with English translation by Lokman Yang, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

10:35 am         Inner Asia and China – Tracing Connectivity in the First Millennium BC

Dr. Ursula Brosseder, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn 

11:00 am                                                         Coffee break

11:30 am         Nomads of the Steppe Zone of Eurasia and Northern China at the End of the Second and the Beginning of the First Millennium BC

Dr. Konstantin Chugunov, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; with English translation by Dr. Maxim Korolkov, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

12:10 am          The Southern Contact Zone, Empire-Building, and Economic Change in China’s Early Imperial Era: Some Preliminary Observations

Dr. Maxim Korolkov, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

12:35 am         Discussant: Prof. Dr. Anke Hein, University of Oxford

1:15 pm           Lunch break, IWH, Hauptstr. 242, 69117 Heidelberg               

 

Panel II: Entangled Materialities and Living Legacies

Chair: Senior Prof. Dr. Lothar Ledderose, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

2:15 pm           ʻGanbeiʼ Along the Eastern Rim of the Tibetan Plateau: Double-handled Jars and Their Uses in Bronze Age Western China

Prof. Dr. Anke Hein, University of Oxford

2:40 pm           The Silk Road Fashion: Cultural Transmission and the Exchange of Textile Ornaments Xuansu Zhang, Freie Universität Berlin

3:05 pm            Interdisciplinary Approach towards Early Gold: Contacts between China and the Central Asia (8th–3rd centuries BC)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yan Liu, Northwestern Polytechnic University

3:30 pm                                                          Coffee break

4:00 pm           Was There A ‘Bamboo Route’ Before Zhang Qian Arrived in Bactria? 

Dr. Shengguang Tan, Tsinghua University Art Museum, Peking

4:25 pm           Glass Vessels in Han Period China

Dr. Brigitte Borell, Heidelberg University

4:50 pm           Discussant: Prof. Dr. Alain Thote, École pratique des hautes études, Paris

5:30 pm           End of discussion & short break

6:00 pm           Welcome dinner, IWH, Hauptstr. 242, 69117 Heidelberg                     

7:30 pm           Special Evening Lecture, Lecture hall, Völkerkundemuseum der J. und E. v. Portheim-Stiftung, Hauptstr. 235, 69117 Heidelberg

Beyond the Central Plains: Reflections on Dynamics of Chinese Civilization

Prof. Dr. LaoZhu (Qingsheng Zhu), Peking University/ President, Comite International d’Histoire de l’Art; followed by a conversation with  Senior Prof. Dr. Lothar Ledderose

 

Day 2  Tuesday, October 29

Panel III: Parallels and Divergences

Chair: Dr. Margareta Pavaloi, Völkerkundemuseum der J. und E. v. Portheim-Stiftung, Heidelberg

9:00 am           Imported or Indigenous? The Earliest Forged Tin Foil Found in China

Prof. Dr. Jianjun Mei, Needham Research Institute and Churchill College, University of Cambridge

9:25 am           Finds from the Burial Site in Nalingaotu and Their Analogies in Altai

Prof. Dr. Alexey A. Tishkin, Altai State University, Barnaul; with English translation by Dr. Maxim Korolkov, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

10:05 am         Archaeological Evidence of Contacts between Altai Nomads and China in the First Millennium BC: Results and Prospects of Research

Dr. Nikolai Seregin, Altai State University, Barnaul 

10:30 am                                                        Coffee break

11:00 am         Beasts Made of Gold: The Majiayuan Cemetery and its Central Eurasian Context

Prof. Dr. Petya Andreeva, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York

11:25 am         The Construction and Expansion of Nomadic Kingdoms: The Sites of Arzhan and Sandaohaizi 

Prof. Dr. Wu Guo, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Peking; with English translation by Lokman Yang, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

12:05 am          Horses on a Box. Steppe Motifs on Lacquer Objects from Burials in Chaohu, Anhui Province

Dr. Margarete Prüch, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

12:30 pm         Lunch break, IWH, Hauptstr. 242, 69117 Heidelberg                

1:50 pm           Discussant: Prof. Dr. Lukas Nickel, Universität Wien

 

Panel IV: China and the Near East: Remote Contacts

Dr. Annette Kieser, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

2:30 pm           The Earliest Use of Greek Letters in China 

Prof. Dr. Lukas Nickel, Universität Wien

2:55 pm           Traces of Artistic Conventions from the Near East and the Achaemenid Empire in the Art of the Late Bronze Age China  

Prof. Dr. Alain Thote, École pratique des hautes études, Paris

3:20 pm            Zouyu, the Lion: Animal Encounters in the Warring States

Dr. Lianming Wang, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

3:45 pm                                                          Coffee break

4:15 pm           Non-Chinese Sculpture and Achaemenid Art: A Specific Case Study of Cross-Cultural Interaction Between Nomads and Sedentary People

Hua Xia, Hebrew University Jerusalem

4:40 pm           Discussant: Prof. Dr. Jianjun Mei, Needham Research Institute and Churchill College, University of Cambridge

5:20 pm           Final remarks

Prof. Dr. Thomas O. Höllmann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

5:45 pm                                               Refreshments & farewell

 

Organized by Dr. Lianming Wang

Institute of East Asian Art History

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

 

Sponsored by:the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Award,

the Geschwister-Supp Stiftung,

and the German Research Foundation (DFG)


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