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16-18 September 2019: BuddhistRoad Mid-project Conference, held at Beckmanns Hof, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany

Establishing of Buddhist Nodes in Eastern Central Asia 6th to 14th c.
Part II: Practice and Rituals, Visual and Material Transfer

The aim of this, the 2nd conference of the BuddhistRoad project, is to investigate different aspects of material culture and transfer in and between the Central Asian Buddhist communities during the 6–14th centuries, as well as dealing with issues relating to ritual and religious practices. Material transfer includes the exchange of iconographical models and religious imagery, book culture, cave sanctuaries, etc. Ritual practices as conceived here is meant to focus on the transmission, formulation and reformulation of salient forms of ritual performances, including meditation and visualisation. Given that rituals generally take place in prearranged, ritual spaces, it is in the nature of things that a certain over-lapping between material culture and ritual practices has taken place in Central Asian Buddhism, something that is also likely to be borne out in a number of the presentations.

Programme of the mid-project conference

Report of the mid-project conference


23-25 May 2018: BuddhistRoad Start-up Conference, held at Beckmanns Hof, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany

Establishing of Buddhist Nodes in Eastern Central Asia 6th to 14th c.
Part I: Sacred Space, Pilgrimage, Patronage, Legitimation Strategies

The aim of the start-up conference was to investigate the complexities concerning patronage and donors in Central Asian Buddhist communities on the one hand, and issues relating to sacred spaces and pilgrimage on the other. While the focus was be on the cultures that thrived along the Silk Road during the period 6–14th centuries, the scope of the meeting also included these thematics in adjacent areas and cultures in order to provide viable comparative and theoretical basis for further elucidation and discussion.

Programme of the start-up conference