Suzanne Perrin, independent lecturer for The Arts Society and cultural director of Japan Interlink London

The Silk Road has fascinated travellers since the early Christian Era. Many traders, religious pilgrims and conquerors have passed through the settlements and towns from Roman times to the present day.   Travelling along the routes, where did people stay?  Where was the water supply?  How were the routes viewed by other cultures?  Where did people go in times of war?  How did they preserve their culture?  What is happening on the New Silk Road?  This course will show how the Silk Road lives on through the artifacts, writings, maps and contributions of many travellers over many centuries, even as its legacy is endangered by the rapidly changing landscape of modern politics, trade and technology in this region.



1.Early routes, trade and cultural exchange: how, why, and where did people travel?        

2.Wider tributaries: recent finds in tomb sites and burial mounds linking east and west

3. The New Silk Road: progress, change and costs; environmental issues, China’s global reach          

  A short film on the Silk Road will be available to view in conjunction with the course.


Recommended reading

BBC News. ‘Tales from the New Silk Road.’ 26 January 2018.

Frankopan, P. 2016. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.       

Hopkirk, P. 1960. Foreign Devils on the Silk Road.  London: John Murray.

Tucker, J. 2003. The Silk Road: Art and History. London: Philip Wilson Publishers.

Whitfield, S. 2004. The Silk Road: Trade, Travel, War and Faith. London: British Library.



Date: Monday 14 – Wednesday 16 January 
Time: 3.00 pm
COURSE FEES Full: R330,00  Staff and Students R165,00
Venue: LT1 Kramer Law Building UCT