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The Ancient and the New Silk Roads: Discourse and Knowledge

Nouvelles et anciennes routes de la soie : discours et savoirs

طريق الحرير القديمة والحديثة: بين الخطاب والمعرفة


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Published on Monday, February 17, 2020


Les Routes de la Soie (et du Corridor) constituent un des plus importants réseaux de communication et de développement humain au monde. Ces routes ont depuis toujours participé à la connexion de plusieurs espaces, régions, pays, continents et à la construction d’anciennes et nouvelles civilisations et sociétés. S’étendant de l’Extrême-Orient, au Proche-Orient et au Moyen-Orient jusqu’en Afrique et en Europe, notamment méditerranéenne, ces routes continuent de fournir de considérables efforts pour rapprocher l’Orient et l’Occident, l’Est et l’Ouest et même le Nord et le Sud avec leurs multiples stratégies de développement et d’ouverture sur de nouveaux horizons, cultures, empires (chinois, romain, arabe, musulman, etc.) et espaces depuis l’Antiquité jusqu’à nos jours. Ce rapprochement a commencé par le commerce à courte puis à longue distance avec la circulation des matériaux, des biens et des marchandises de valeur (porcelaine, thé, épices, soie, etc.), tout en conduisant aussi à la circulation des idées, des savoirs et savoir-faire dans différents domaines (sciences, littérature, architecture, urbanisme, économie, etc.).



The Silk Roads constitute one of the most important communication and human development networks in the world. Stretching from the Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor, these routes have always contributed in bridging gaps between several regions, countries and continents and developing ancient and modern civilizations and societies. Extending from the Far East, the Near East and the Middle East to Africa and Europe, especially the Mediterranean, these roads have striven through the ages to connect the East to the West and even the North to the South, thanks to their multiple development and expansion strategies. These efforts aimed at opening up to new horizons, cultures, empires (Chinese, Roman, Arab, Muslim, etc.) and spaces from Antiquity to nowadays. This rapprochement began with short and long-distance trade, with the circulation of materials, goods and valuables (porcelain, tea, spices, silk, etc.), which led to the exchange of experiences, knowledge and know-how in different fields (science, literature, architecture, urban planning, economy, etc.). This not only led to the discovery of new markets but also promoted the movement and migration of populations towards new geographical and cultural areas, in the search for the new and the ancient, the modern and the authentic, for what is different and what is similar.

This movement of goods and populations, with their diversities and variations, has also contributed to the transmission of languages, beliefs, religions, ideas and ideologies as well as to changes in the foundations of societies on the Silk Roads or those related to it,  thus implying the influence of linguistic, communication, and socio-cultural practices, notably the practice of power in a totally evolving world. It is a world mainly stimulated by technological change and the conquest of new spaces and centers of wealth and influence without borders,  a world that is more and more prone to interactions between the West (represented by the USA and its European, African and Arab allies) and  the East where China takes central stage  with its new alliances in Asia, in the Middle East and Africa.

Within this vast space with marked but no limited borders, several elements and factors come into play to build the memory and history of its populations, their practices, discourses, and ways of perceiving cultures and languages to express them. Languages as whole become a medium that builds, describes and translates inter-individual and collective relationships, facilitates their limitations in past and present time, and predicts their future. In other words, like time, language and culture, the Silk Roads bring the farthest closer and make possible what should or could remain impossible, thus contributing to the construction of the world of possibilities in which the less central becomes more central and opens on a broader and more varied context which participates in the decrease as much as in the increase of differences.

The first edition of the “Silk Roads” International Conference, which is a continuation of the “Languages, Cultures and Media in the Mediterranean” International Conference that opened to China in its previous edition,  welcomes contributions and unpublished research related to linguistic, discursive, cultural, historical and sociological characteristics, as well as Silk Road policies and geostrategies. With a special focus on trans-disciplinarity and multi-disciplinarity   priority will be given to proposals that  approach the Silk Roads  through the following research areas:

  • History of the Silk Roads and their management by ancient and new societies
  • Geopolitical issues related to the new Silk Road
  • Languages ​​and discourse: plurilingualism and language contact, circulation of words and concepts, lexicon and lexicography
  • Political and media discourse: practices, perceptions and representations
  • Texts, discourse, translation and terminology: interculturality, stereotyping and representations in society
  • Teaching-learning of languages-cultures, migration, translation
  • Modern and ancient literatures, translation and translation studies: the single and the multiple, borrowing and transfer,
  • NICT, application and assessment methods
  • Mainstream media, new media, geopolitics and societies: analytical skills and applications in the field
  • New media, innovation, intelligence and identity: security and sustainability
  • Digital and/ or language tools: design, evaluation methods, theoretical and strategic issues.
  • Traditions, heritage, communication and interculturality.

Submission Guidelines

350-500 words proposals in French, English, Arabic or Chinese, and a one-page CV, may be sent

by January 25th, 2021

to: lachkarabdenbi@gmail.com

The Scientific Committee will examine these proposals and give their answers by March 30th, 2021.

Registration fees

100 Euros: Professors-researchers, and 60 Euros:  doctoral candidates


  • Abdenbi LACHKAR (Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier3)
  • Nancy BALARD (Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier3)
  • Mariarosaria GIANNINOTO (Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier3)
  • Félix Jun MA (Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier3)
  • Laurence DENOOZ (Université de Lorraine)
  • Salam DIAB-DURANTON (Université Grenoble Alpes)
  • Hayssam KOTOB (Université Libanaise)

Scientific Committee

  • ABDALLA Mahmud (Middlebury University, USA)
  • BALARD Nancy (Université Montpellier3, France)
  • BARBARA Rahma (Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Fès, Maroc)
  • BEGHOURA Zouaoui (Université du Koweït, Koweït)
  • BENDAHAN Mohamed (Université Mohamed V- Rabat, Maroc)
  • CHAKRANI Brahim (Michigan State University, USA)
  • CHALHOUB Nicole (Université du Saint-Esprit, Kaslik, Liban)
  • CRUVEILLE Solange (Université Montpellier3, France)
  • DENOOZ Laurence (Université de Lorraine, France),
  • DIAB DURANTON Salam (Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
  • FABRE Guilhem (Université Montpellier3, France)
  • GIANNINOTOMariarosaria (Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier3)
  • GONZALEZ-RAYMOND Anita (Université Montpellier3, France)
  • KHAQANI ISFAHANI Mohammad (Université d’Ispahan, Iran)
  • KLEIBER Georges (Université de Strasbourg, LILPA/Scolia, France)
  • KOTOB Hayssam (Université Libanaise, Liban),
  • LACHKAR Abdenbi (Université Montpellier3, France)
  • MADINI Mongi (Université Franche-Comté, France)
  • MA Felix Jun (Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier3)
  • MERGER Marie-France (Université de Pise, Italie)
  • MOHSEN Mohammad (Université Libanaise, Liban)
  • NABOULSI Randa (Université Libanaise, Liban)
  • OZTIN PASSERAT Duygu (Université DokuzEylül, Izmir, Turquie)


  • Salle 1 - Route de Mende
    Montpellier, France (34)


  • Monday, January 25, 2021


  • orients, Routes de la soie, discours, pratiques, représentations, développement, cultures


  • Abdenbi Lachkar
    courriel : abdenbilachkar [at] yahoo [dot] fr

Information source

  • Abdenbi Lachkar
    courriel : abdenbilachkar [at] yahoo [dot] fr


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« The Ancient and the New Silk Roads: Discourse and Knowledge », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, February 17, 2020, https://doi.org/10.58079/14g7

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