The Original Influencers: Sogdians and the Silk Road

A collaboration between faculty and students and curators and administrators from the Freer|Sackler Asian Art Galleries of the Smithsonian, this project will develop a digital exhibition about the Sogdians, a mercantile people from Central Asia (200 CE- 800 CE) who helped form what has come to be known as the Silk Road. Originally meant to be a physical exhibition that was called off due to Russian bans on cultural loans to the US in response to post-Crimea invasion sanctions, this exhibition hopes to develop a new type of display for global digital art history.

Starting with the course “Telling the Sogdian Story,” in spring 2016, NYU students and faculty from the Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World have been involved in research and prototyping on this rarely studied and displayed people. The project has moved onto the development stage with NY-based design firm CHIPS and hopes to launch in early 2018.

Kimon Keramidas
Clinical Assistant Professor, Center for Experimental Humanities, Arts & Science