Appel à contribution Symposium « The Tibetan Plateau and the Silk Road »

Call for Papers
The International Symposium
The Tibetan Plateau and the Silk Road: Artistic Exchanges Between Tibet, Khotan and Dunhuang, 9th–13th Centuries

We are happy to announce an international symposium on “The Tibetan Plateau and the Silk Road: Artistic Exchanges Between Tibet, Khotan and Dunhuang, 9th-13th Centuries” is to be held at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, P.R. China, November 8-10, 2019. The symposium is sponsored by the following institutions:


  • The Collaboration platform of Zhejiang University Center for Buddhist Art and the Centre d’études interdisciplinaires sur le bouddhisme
  • Center for Buddhist Studies, Dunhuang Academy
  • Department of the History of Art and Archaeology & China Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • The Center for the Art of East Asia, the University of Chicago

Date: November 8-10, 2019

Place: Hangzhou City

Anticipated number of participants : 30~40

Symposium languages: Chinese and English (we will provide the simultaneous interpretation for the participants)


  • Artistic exchanges among cultural groups from 9th to 13th century
  • Buddhist art of Tibet, Khotan and Dunhuang from 9th to 13th century
  • The Silk Road as source of inspiration for artistic creations
  • Artistic exchanges across Central Asia
  • Inheritance and evolution in artistic exchanges in the 13th and 14th centuries

Deadline for Abstract Submission:

If you intend to participate, please send an abstract (300 to 500 words) of your contribution sharing new research by June 1, 2019 to Xie Jisheng <> and Christian Luczanits <>.

In order to facilitate the communication among participants and the publication of proceedings, we recommend strongly that all the participants submit the complete paper two weeks before the symposium. The proceedings of the symposium will be published as a special issue of the Studia Ars Buddhica (Journal of Buddhist Art Studies) run by ZJUCBA and CEIB.

Symposium fee:

The symposium will be supported financially by the sponsors, therefore there is NO SYMPOSIUM FEE. We will provide the accommodation for all the participants during the symposium, but we cannot provide the costs for transportation. These have to be covered by the participants.

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