This year's Joseph Levenson Book Prize goes to the 2021 work making "the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of China."
Dunhuang and the Silk Road: Imperial Archaeology to Digital Reunification
The Center for Chinese Studies at UC Berkeley presents a colloquium with Susan Whitfield on the International Dunhuang Project, an international collaboration to make art from Dunhuang Road freely available on the Internet.
Patricia Berger, Art History, UC Berkeley
Susan Whitfield, curator, Central Asian manuscripts at the British Library; faculty member, The International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road Online
The discovery in 1900 — and dispersal worldwide within little over a decade— of a Library Cave hidden for almost 1000 years in the Buddhist cave temples of Dunhuang was a catalyst for China's positioning itself as a key player in a pre-modern 'global' world, the Silk Road. Dunhuang, a UNESCO world heritage site, remains at the forefront of China's bid to consolidate this through the current international Silk Road nomination. In her talk, Susan Whitfield will introduce the collections, their discovery and dispersal and the role of China in the collaborative work of the past two decades to reunite the collections digitally, through the International Dunhuang Project (http://idp.bl.uk).
Global Chinese Studies Colloquium
Wherever you may be, we wish you and those close to you the very best Year of the Rabbit.
Join us for a discussion with Mike Chinoy on his new book that expands on USCI's Assignment: China series.