About Miami's Silk Road Project

The Miami University Havighurst Center for the Study of Russian and Post-Soviet Studies has taken as its theme for the 2005-2007 academic years the study of the countries and peoples of the Silk Road, the trading route that connected China and the Mediterranean region for many centuries. Among the many projects and events being sponsored was a six-week trip (May 21-July 2, 2006) taken by 15 Miami faculty, with major funding from a Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad Grant. The trip included visits to important sites as well as seminars arranged with local academics. Faculty on the trip, representing nine fields of study, are all developing curricular and research interests in Central Asia. This website is a record of that trip and a resource for those interested in the silk road and in Central Asia. On the main menu you can find links to the itinerary for the trip, photos taken on the trip, movies, and a daily blog. In addition, there is an evolving bibliography, descriptions of silk road courses offered at Miami, maps and other documents related to the trip and the seminars.

The Project faculty would like to acknowledge support from the Fulbright Program, Miami University's College of Arts and Science, The School of Fine Arts, Office of International Programs, The Hampton Fund, Committee for the Enhancement of Teaching and Excellence; and the Departments of Classics, Religion, German Russian and East Asian Languages, Political Science, Geography, French and Italian, Architecture and Interior Design, History, and Geology.

Faculty participants on the Silk Road Trip:

Afsaneh Ardehali, Architecture and Interior Design
Gülen Çevik, Architecture and Interior Design
Rick Colby, Comparative Religion
Karen Dawisha, Political Science
Yildirim Dilek, Geology
Mary Frederickson, History
Scott Kenwothy, Comparative Religion
Sante Matteo, French and Italian
Steve Nimis, Classics
Yihong Pan, History
Judith Sessions, University Library
Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, Political Science
Ben Suttcliffe, Russian Literature
Stan Toops, Geography
Liz Wilson, Comparative Religion