EVENT: Xinjiang: One Belt One Road, Mummies and Cultural-Technological Interchange between China and the West
|Xinjiang: One Belt One Road, Mummies and Cultural-Technological Interchange between China and the West
China's new economic policy for the development of western China, in particular Xinjiang, now forms part of a national strategy to rejuvenate the old silk roads that have connected China with the rest of the world for thousands of years. Marika Vicziany, will report on her new work in western China from c. 2,000 BCE to the present. Our historical appreciation of the importance of the SILK ROAD begins with the Bronze Age mummies that have been found in the Taklamakan Desert (the mummies are older than 4,000 years ). Today, this region is a true desert but in the past it had many fast flowing rivers, vast poplar trees, much vegetation and people whose naturally mummified remains have been excavated by the Bureau of Cultural Relics. Who were these people? Where did they come from? What happened to their civlisation, given that Bronze Age sites in other parts of Xinjiang continued to thrive? What do the mummies tell us about interactions between China and the West? Professor Vicziany will reflect on the intimate lives of the people of the mummies and how they remind us of ourselves - e.g. they loved tattoos and ugg boots. This illustrated talk will explain the nature of an ARC project between Monash and Sydney Universities, how we are working with Chinese archaeologists in CASS at the central, regional and prefecture levels and our key findings which continue to surprise us as we rewrite the history of the old Silk Roads.
Professor Emerita Marika Vicziany completed her BA Hons in History and Politics at the University of Western Australia in 1969 and then studied in Germany and London from 1969 to 1975, under the prestigious Hackett Scholarship awarded by UWA. In 1975 she completed her doctorate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Since returning to Australia in 1976 she has published more than a dozen monographs and over 110 academic papers on South Asia and China in addition to various consultancies for the Asian Development Bank/State Council of China, the Australian government, various universities and Australian companies. She has supervised to completion some 25 doctoral students and is currently heading up three research projects about India and two on western China. She has worked in South Asian villages, small towns and cities since 1974 and in western China since 2001. Her work is broadly about long term trends in the economic development of Asia, with a special focus on multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the factors that promote and inhibit mass poverty, cultural interchange and the role of technology in historical times and today.
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