Events - The Classical Art Research Centre and The Beazley Archive - The University of Oxford

First Gandhara Connections workshop: Problems of Chronology in Gandharan Art,
23-24 March, 2017

This first Gandhara Connections international workshop, generously supported by the Bagri Foundation, will take place in Oxford.

The Gandhara Connections project identifies chronology and dating as one of the key problems outstanding in the study of Gandharan art. Chronology is not only fundamental for establishing the nature of Gandharan art's connections with the traditions of Greece and Rome, but also for any other systematic attempt to put it in context or explain its development.

In recent decades there have been so me huge strides in understanding the chronology of Gandharan art, including invaluable results from excavations in the Swat Valley and a growing consensus about the second-century date of the Kushan ruler Kanishka and the era that he founded. However, considerable obstacles remain as a result of various factors. For example, only a portion of the thousands of Gandharan sculptures that survive come from published archaeological excavations and looting remains a big problem. Many Gandharan Buddhist sites had long lives which resulted the fascinating but confusing re-use of architectural sculpture in antiquity. There is no clear or agreed understanding about how the styles of Gandharan art changed through time, and indeed a better knowledge of dating is required to improve that understanding. We have very few inscribed artefacts which would help us to establish fixed dates, and the interpretation even of the most valuable Kushan inscriptions is sometimes still subject to debate. Finally, there are open questions about how long the Gandharan tradition continued, and consequently what its relationship is with the post-Kushan art of Central Asia. Above all, perhaps, there is further scope for understanding the art-historical implications of asking such questions.

By pooling the most recent knowledge and critical thinking across the disciplines of archaeology, art and architectural history, epigraphy, linguistic studies and numismatics, there is the potential to move the debate forward decisively. The aim of this first international workshop in the Gandhara Connections project is to facilitate such an exchange of ideas and information. The proceedings of the workshop will be published in an open access, online book and we aim to make a recording of the event itself available online.

Download The Programme (pdf)

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All welcome! The workshop will be free, but it is necessary to book in advance by contacting carc@classics.ox.ac.uk

 

CARC Special Lecture: Prof Marian Feldman
'Style as a Fragment of the Ancient World: A View from the Iron Age Levant and Assyria'
Monday 8th May 2017

Professor Marian H. Feldman (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore) will be speaking at 4pm, Monday 8th May, 2017
Ioannou Centre Lecture Theatre, 66 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LU:

All are welcome! The lecture will be followed by a reception.

This special lecture also forms part of the Oxford Classical Archaeology Seminar for Trinity Term, 2017, on the theme of 'Style'. For details of the whole programme nearer the time see the Faculty of Classics website

 

The CARC Workshop 2016
The Maker’s Share in Ancient Greek Art

Generously supported by Jean-David Cahn and Tony Michaels

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th September 2016

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LU

 

Download The Abstract (pdf)

Download The Programme (pdf)

 

The live webcast was broadcast on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th September. We are currently editing the content into a series of podcasts which we hope to release shortly.