International Conference: From the Silk to the Book Road(s): Networks of Commerce, Artifacts, and Books Between Central and East Asia

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International Conference: From the Silk to the Book Road(s): Networks of Commerce, Artifacts, and Books Between Central and East Asia

September 21-23, 2018; Berkeley, California, USA

The Buddhist Studies Forum at the University of British Columbia, with the assistance of the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, is hosting an international conference on “From the Silk to the Book Road(s): Networks of Commerce, Artifacts, and Books Between Central and East Asia” to be held between September 21-23, 2018, in Berkeley, California. The conference is made possible with generous support from the Sixth Patriarch Temple based in Guangzhou, China.

Silk may be the most famous commodity once traded across numerous land and sea routes that linked China to the west, but the trade of Buddhist—and other religious—texts, books, images, and ritual implements from India, Central Asia, and East Asia is much better documented in premodern sources, and the flow of exchange was multidirectional. As early as the eighth-century through the late nineteenth, there is tantalizing evidence of a book road—or trade—between eastern Chinese ports and Nagasaki, Japan. This conference explores the trans-cultural, multi-ethnic, and cross-regional networks of the exchange of commerce, texts, books, rituals, and objects along the Silk Road(s) that connected China to points south and west, and back again across the East and South China Seas with Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

A conference volume will collect all the papers in English, plus the English translations of several papers written in non-English languages; a Chinese volume, to be published in China, will include the Chinese versions for all non-Chinese papers in addition to those papers contributed by our colleagues based in China.

More information, including a list of panelists, the schedule, and abstracts can be found here.

To register for the conference, please contact Frogbear.Project@ubc.ca. There is no fee for registration, however a modest fee of $30 will be collected to cover the cost of lunch.