Silk Road Cities:
A Field Integration of Routes of Trade and Cultural Connections from Ancient Times to the Present
Trade and cultural ties along the ancient Silk Road linked historic cities in China to great urban centers in Central Asia and Europe from the Western Han dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE). China’s ‘New Silk Road’ initiative, launched in 2013, is reinforcing and amplifying the important role of cities in North Central and Western China that were hubs of Silk Road trade as new patterns of cross-border regional development are taking form. Using a historical approach through a contemporary cultural-geographic lens, the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) and Departments of History and Language and Culture Studies will launch a new traveling program to explore the legacy and revival of several Silk Road cities in northern and northwestern China including Xian, Dunhuang, Horgos, and Kashgar during the summer of 2018. This program marks the 10th anniversary of CUGS-organized summer field study in Asia started in 2009.
For more information about the upcoming program, click on the Program Brochure button.