Contemporary Arts of the Silk Road

by  Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center

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This presentation explores the post-colonial and post-Soviet interpretations and influences on contemporary art in Central Eurasia. Beginning with a discussion on Orientalism and using examples from contemporary Iran, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia, we hope to emphasize that there are many new ways that the artistic and political legacies of the Silk Road continue to be expressed.

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30-45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Foreign/World Languages, Gifted & Talented, Performing Arts, Social Studies/History, Technology/Information Science

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Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center

Bloomington, IN
United States

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) at Indiana University's Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies is a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center dedicated to raising awareness about its target area: namely the Turkic, Iranian, Mongolian, Uralic, and Tibetan cultural spheres. Some countries included are Turkey, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.

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Program Details


1. This program begins with introductions and research questions.
2. We then address those questions in a PowerPoint presentation.
3. Participants have a guided question & answer session


- Gain familiarity with the Silk Road and its historical importance
- Understand Orientalism and how it has shaped our views of Asia
- Learn basic modern histories of Iran, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia
- Look at new interpretations of Silk Road legacies through film, photography, and pop music

Standards Alignment

National Standards


State Standards

Indiana Standards for High School Art 1-8
Indiana Standards for Social Studies for Grades 7, World History and Civilization