At a time of “thickening” of borders across the West, is there an “opening” of Borderlands and territories in the East? In replicating the land and maritime connections of the ancient Silk Road, is the Belt Road Initiative bound to reshape our understanding of territory, space, and mobility? In this lecture, I share my preliminary research on the ways in which the symbolic use of images of the Silk Road serve a dual purpose: to generate a vision for global interconnectivity and affirm the legitimacy of the Belt Road Initiative (BRI). Using an interpretative analysis of maps, public slogans, and museum exhibits, I argue that visual representations of the (new) Silk Road redefine understandings of modernity and prosperity, center and periphery, inclusion, and exclusion.
Britta Peterson, Senior Fellow, ORF
Ritika Passi, Associate Fellow, ORF
Marina Kaneti, Assistant Professor in Global Studies and Social Impact, Grand Valley State University in Michigan, USA
The timing of this event is from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.