Special Issue Call for Papers: The Development of the Silk Road from Past to Present: Archaeological Perspectives

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Call for Papers
April 1, 2022
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Ancient History, Archaeology, Asian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Social Sciences

     Belt and Road Initiative Quarterly (BRIQ) is currently seeking submissions for a special issue on “The Development of the Silk Road from Past to Present: Archaeological Perspectives”.

     Ancient Silk Road played a key role in the emergence of great civilizations in Asia, North Africa and Europe. It can be said that the main factors in the formation and development of the Silk Road are not only commercial factors but also cultural dynamics. Indeed, the Silk Road connected the three great civilizations of antiquity (Chinese, Indian, Greek). As in the transportation of commercial goods, it has been the absolute transition zone of knowledge and thought that has been put forward in many fields such as geography, astronomy, religion and art.

     Today, the Belt and Road Initiative, which is considered as the 21st century interpretation of the Silk Road, derives its courage, strength and energy from cultural dynamics. Just as in the historical Silk Road, the power that will fuel and energize the Silk Road in the 21st century is culture. It is not possible to open any door without the integration of cultural geographies. Therefore, practitioners of the Belt and Road Initiative have a lot to learn from the cultural history of the Silk Road. At this point, the importance of archaeological approaches to the Silk Road emerges.

     Based on the above framework, for Summer Issue, BRIQ calls for academic articles, essays and book reviews in Turkish and English that address issues related to archaeological excavations and research projects on the Silk Road, prehistory, ancient history, numismatic, art history, architectural history, ethnography and epigraphy:

     • The role of archeology in scientific cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative,
     • Interactions of civilizations on the Silk Road in the light of material evidence,
     • Alternative perspectives to Western-centered approaches in history and archeology research,
     • Overview of Europe-Asia (West-East) relations in the light of archaeological data,
     • Partnership and opportunities for cooperation among Russia, China, Turkey and Central Asian countries through their government agencies, research institutions and universities which are served for revealing and preserving the history of civilization on the Silk Road...

Deadline for paper submissions: April 1, 2022

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