Silk Roads @ UNSW aims to be a platform for developing collaborative grants, innovative teaching and community-facing events that position the university at the forefront of a new global research frontier sparked by major programs such as the PRC’s Belt and Road Initiative and the formation of new multilateral agencies that span Eurasia (such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; Shanghai Cooperation Organisation).

UNSW participants have expertise on diverse countries and empires including: Afghanistan, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Myanmar, Central Asia, Nepal, Persia, Pakistan, and Russia.

Participants in the group are active in exploring Silk Road transnationalism in:

  • art, music, literature and sculpture 
  • law, politics and security 
  • development migration, and economics 
  • ethnicity, disability and gender 
  • languages and linguistics 
  • visualisation technology, social media and digital worlds 
  • environment and space 
  • ancient histories and cultures of Eurasia 
  • religion and philosophy 
  • Maritime Silk Route 

We are an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty initiative drawing researchers, teachers and practitioners from:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Schools of Humanities and Languages, Social Sciences, Arts and Media, New Earth Histories, and Social Policy Research Centre 
  • Faculty of Law 
  • Faculty of Arts and Design 
  • UNSW Built Environment 
  • National Institute for Experimental Arts 
  • Institute for Global Development