Call for Participation

The China National Silk Museum, with support from Needham Research Institute of the Cambridge University, Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research, International Dunhuang Project, Korea National University of Culture Heritage, Collaborative Innovation Center for the Cooperation and Development of the Belt and Road[1] of the Zhejiang University, Institute for the History of Natural Sciences of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute for the Ancient Chinese History of Peking University, etc, is organizing:

Silks from the Silk Road: Origin, Transmission and Exchange Symposium

Hangzhou, China

Oct. 11th --Oct.14th, 2015

I. Description

In June 2014, the Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor jointly nominated by China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan was inscribed on the World Heritage List, making the ancient Silk Road a common wealth of human beings.

Parallel to the cognominal exhibition, held at the China National Silk Museum from Sept. 15th to Oct. 15th, 2015, which include masterpiece ancient silk textiles and other treasures related to the Silk Road from 24 Chinese museums and archaeological institutions of eight provinces, the symposium will present the following six sections:     

l Silk Road and Technical Exchange

2 Archaeological Findings of Silk in China

3 Archaeological Findings of Silk outside China

4 Silks on the Silk Road from the Perspective of Linguistics

5 Maritime Silk Road and Chinese Export Silk

6 Silks on the Silk Road from the Perspective of Anthropology


II. Location

Conference Hall, Xihu Museum, No 89, Nanshan Road, Hangzhou[2]


III. Program

October 11th,2015

14:00 - 15:00 Registration and visiting the exhibition

15:00 Press Conference of discovery and studies of the pattern loom made in the Han Dynasty excavated from Laoguanshan of Chengdu

October 12th


l 9:00 Opening Ceremony  

2 Section 1: Silk Road and Technical Exchange


l Section 2: Archaeological Findings of Silk in China

2 Section 3: Archaeological Findings of Silk outside China

October 13th

l Section 4: Silks on the Silk Road from the Perspective of Linguistics

2 Section 5: Maritime Silk Road and Chinese Export Silk

3 Section 6: Silks on the Silk Road from the Perspective of Anthropology

October 14th

Free site visit to Huzhou city near Hangzhou to see:

l Ancient town of Nanxun, a sericulture-related World Heritage town along the Grand Canal

2 Digang,with typical ecological system of mulberry trees and ponds

3 Silk production at Linghu 


III.  Speakers and Language:

About 40 expertsin the fields of silk archaeology, conservation and research from both insideand outside China have been arranged to speak in the symposium, please refer to the attachment for their detailed information and topics of their presentations. And English will be the working language, Chinese presentations will be simultaneously translated into English. 


IV. Fees:

1. Registration Fee: USD 100

2. Discount Registration Fee for Students: USD 50

3. The fee is to be handed to the staff member of the Museum upon registration on Oct. 11th, but reply for attending the symposium shall be sent before Sept. 15th. (click here to download)


V. Suggested Accommodation:

Starred Hotels within walking distance to the West Lake Museum include:

Sofitel (Five Star) 

Dahua Hotel (Four Star):

Express Inns:

Hanting Inn (WestLake): (0086) 400-812-1121

Home Inn (WestLake): (0086) 400-820-3333


VI.Post-symposium Program:
A visit to major cities and sites along the Chinese section of the Silk Road, such as Xi’an,Lanzhou, Dunhuang, Urumqi and Turfan will be arranged after the symposium forthe speakers and participants. The visit will last about eight days (Oct. 15th toOct. 22th, 2015), and we'll arrange the guests to see precious textile collections and magnificent Silk Road sites in these places. The cost of the visit is to be borne by the participants themselves, and further information concerning the visit, including the budget and itinerary will be announced later. Due to the character of the visit, a maximum of 30 participants will be accepted.


VII. Contacts:

Irene Lu

Wang Yi

[1]  The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

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