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VMs: Conference "Maps and Images", Zurich, May 14-15, 2004

Hi everyone,

Here's an upcoming conference focusing on the visual knowledge of the Silk Road - especially Panel B (maps up to the 15th century). Why can't I clone a parallel version of myself (to spend all the time go to interesting conferences like this) yet? *sigh* :-(

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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Non-member submission from ["Conference \"Maps and Images\"" <maps@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>]
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 10:33:13 +0200 (MEST)

Conference "Maps and Images: How They Have Transmitted Visual Knowledge
Along the Silk Road"

Zurich, Switzerland, May 14-15, 2004, www.ori.unich.ch/maps


Maps and images have provided a unique access to many scholarly  domains
as well as diverse literary and visual genres. The conference participants
will investigate the topics related to the transmission of  representation
of space along the Silk Road. "Visual knowledge" has been chosen as the
central theme to encourage comparisons in methodological approaches
across disciplines such as art history, Asian studies, astronomy,
cartography, cultural studies, geography, history of religion, history of
science, Islamic studies, Medieval studies, travel literature, etc. While
scholars have thoroughly studied the transmission of texts across
cultures, a  lot remains to be discovered on the ways in which visual
representations  have been copied, forged, or adapted to new

For two thousand years, the Silk Road has been the most important
connection between the Far East, the Middle East and Europe. This  network
of commercial routes and prosperous states has allowed the diffusion of
complex representations, such as city and country maps, landscape
paintings and drawings that have shaped the perceptions of space and
time. Astronomical and mathematical sketches have deeply influenced our
understanding of the cosmos. Texts and images of deities and holy men
have merged into many religious traditions. The Silk Road can therefore
offer fascinating examples for the study of the transmission of visual

The conference program includes not only Chinese and Islamic, but also
Mongol and Tibetan, Central Asian, Byzantine, Western-Medieval and
Western travel studies. Social events and time-breaks will facilitate
informal  exchange during the conference.

Please check the conference program website (www.ori.unizh.ch/maps) for
titles, abstracts and updates.


To encourage discussion, registered participants will receive the paper
drafts in advance and may join the conference social events. Registration
fees are 50 Swiss Francs for non-students  and 15 Swiss Francs for
students. Participation is free.

For registration, send a message to: maps{at}oriental.unizh.ch.


Conference opening:
Hans-Ulrich Feldmann (Swiss Society of Cartography)
Ulrich Rudolph (Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Zurich)

Panel A. Paintings and Drawings

Friday morning, May 14, 2004, 9.15-12.30 h
University of Zurich, Kollegiengebaeude 2, Karl Schmid-Strasse 4, 8006
Zurich, Room KO2-F-152

Chair: Robert Gassmann (Institute of East Asian Studies, University of

1. Jeong-Hee Lee-Kalisch (Korean Studies, East Asian Seminar, Freie
Universitaet Berlin):
Korean Art

2. Nicolas Zufferey (Program of Chinese Studies, University of Geneva):
"Traces of the Silk Road in Han Dynasty Iconography: Questions and

3. Natasha Heller (East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department,
Harvard University):
"Visualizing Pilgrimage and Mapping Experience: Mount Wutai on the Silk

4. Dorothy C. Wong (McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia):
"The Mapping of Sacred Space: Buddhist Cosmography in Dunhuang Mural

5. D. Neil Schmid (Department of Philosophy and Religion, North Carolina
State University):
"Imaging Ritual/Space and the Narrative Negotiation of Identities along
the Silk Road"

6. Dickran Kouymjian (Armenian Studies Program, California State
University, Fresno):
"The Intrusion of Far Eastern imagery in Medieval Armenia: Political and
Cultural Exchange Along the Silk Route"

Panel B. Maps up to the 15th Century

Friday afternoon, May 14, 2004, 14.00-17.30 h
University of Zurich, Kollegiengebaeude 2, Karl Schmid-Strasse 4, 8006
Zurich, Room KO2-F-152

Chair: Valerie Hansen (History Department, Yale University)

7. Karen C. Pinto (American University of Beirut):
"Alternate Influences: What Medieval Islamic Cartography Owes to the

8. Yossef Rapoport (Oriental Institute, Oxford University):
"The Book of Curiosities: A Medieval Islamic View of the East"

9. Andreas Kaplony (Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Zurich):
"The Map of Mahmud al-Kashghari"

10. Peter-Karl Soustal (Tabula Imperii Byzantini, Austrian Academy of
Sciences, Vienna):
The Byzantines and their Maps

11. Sonja Brentjes (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science,
"Revisiting Italian and Catalan Portolan Charts: Do they Contain Visual
Elements of Asian Provenance?"

12. Jason Neelis (Department of Religion, University of Florida):
"Pathways to the Silk Routes as Marked by Buddhist Images and
Inscriptions from Northern Pakistan"

Panel C. Maps Since the 16th Century

Saturday morning, May 15, 2004, 9.00-12.30 h
University of Zurich, Kollegiengebaeude 2, Karl Schmid-Strasse 4, 8006
Zurich, Room KO2-F-152

Chair: Caverlee Cary (Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative and
Geographic Information Science Center, University of California, Berkeley)

13. Sophie Linon-Chipon (Center for Travel Literature Studies,
Paris-Sorbonne University):
"The Maps in the Travel Accounts of the Maritime Spice Route in the 17th
and 18th Centuries"

14. Kathryn A. Ebel (Department of Geography, Ohio Wesleyan  University):
"The Silk Roads and the Spatial Imaginary of the Ottoman Empire"

15. Shamsiddin Kamoliddin (Institute of History, Uzbekistan Academy of
Sciences, Tashkent):
"Abraham Maas' Map and the Evolution of Historical Macrotoponymy of
Central Asia"

16. Karenina Kollmar-Paulenz (Institute for the Science of Religion,
University of Bern):
"Mongol Maps since the 18th Century"

17. Elio Brancaforte (Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, Tulane
"Representative Space: German Baroque Depictions of the Safavid Empire"

18. Philippe Foret (Institute of Cartography, Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology at Zurich):
"The Mapping of the Silk Road by European-Chinese Expeditions (1912-1949)"

19. Hakan Wahlquist (Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm):
"Sven Hedin as Artist and Photographer: Visual Representations of the Silk

Panel D. Sciences and Techniques

Saturday afternoon, May 15, 2004, 14.00-17.30 h
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich, Collegium Helveticum,
Schmelzbergstrasse 25, 8092 Zurich, Meridiansaal

Chair: Erwin Neuenschwander (Institute of Mathematics, University of

20. Paul Kunitzsch (Department of the History of Sciences, Ludwig
Maximilians-Universitaet Munich):
"Celestial Maps and Illustrations in Arabic-Islamic Astronomy"

21. Martin Brauen (Ethnographic Museum, University of Zurich):
"Images of the Tibetan Cosmos"

22. Marcel Watelet (Ministry of Equipment and Transportation and
Louvain-la-Neuve University):
"The Maps of Constantinople and the Bosporus at the End of the 18th
Century and the Beginning of the 19th Century Barbie du Bocage and the
Diffusion of Francois Kauffer's Cartographical Work"

23. Johannes Thomann (Institute of Oriental Studies, University of
"Sources of Physiognomy in the Middle East and Central Asia"

24. Jonathan Bloom (Boston College, Chestnut Hill):
"Paper and Maps along the Silk Road"



Generous support from the Cogito Foundation, the Zuercher
Hochschulstiftung, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Schweizerische
Akademie der Geistes - und Sozialwissenschaften has made this conference
possible. The University of Zurich and the Collegium Helveticum (Swiss
Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich), have  kindly provided the
conference rooms.

-------------------------- Conference "Maps and Images: How They Have Transmitted Visual Knowledge Along the Silk Road", Zurich, Switzerland, May 14-15, 2004.

c/o Institute of Oriental Studies, Wiesenstrasse 9, CH-8008 Zurich, phone
0(041)1 634 07 36, fax 0(041)1 634 36 92, maps@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,

Philippe Foret, Ph.D., Associate Researcher, Institute of Cartography,
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich. Prof. Dr. Andreas
Kaplony, Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Zurich.

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