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Iron Silk Road(s)


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Iron SIlk Roads (2014),  focuses on an analysis of a number of initiatives to establish overland and maritime transport corridors in Eurasia since the end of WWII and in a global context. Such initiatives are also known as the New Silk Roads, It focuses on the sociopolitical context of such initiatives in the years of the Global Cold War, and the years, called in literature as the years of globalisation, or the years of the post Cold War. 

This research has been designed, and pursued within the context of a number of institutes that functioned as host institutes, is ongoing and reflects the professional research interests and career development path of the author of this page.  


the research has been pursued till now in a number of institutes, including a stay in China.


Short Bio: 

Useful Links

For a correct & accurate link of my work as an IPODI Marie Curie Fellow at TuBerlin, see the following link: IPODI alumnae.

Aslo concerning my work at the China centre, department of Humanities at TuBerlin, see

following link: a guest lecturer, 2016 and 2017. 

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Concerning European visions of the Silk Road in a historical perspective, see 

PhD Thesis Title: In Search of a Railway Europe

Eindhoven University of Technology


Iron Silk Road(s)

 European Union funds in collaboration with Berlin University of Technol,ogy

(2014 / 2017) 

Relevance / keywords

Belt & Road, Silk Road,  Europe - Asia Relations, globalization, global history, transnationalism, history  & theory of Infrastructure, ´development´, sustainability. United Nations, NGOs, global governance, international relations, modern Asian studies  ...

´T End of the Cold War signalled the political reorganisation of the region of South Caucasus and was also accompanied by extensive plans for the reconfiguration of the infrastructure in the region. In the 1990s, the EU financed a corridor study for the configuration of a new Europe – Caucasus – Asia railway route. The main drivers of the EU are economic and political: the new railway could move Western industrial products to the East and petroleum products to the West, also consolidating the EU´s political influence in the region. Meanwhile, Chinese policymakers and the Chinese government drafted their own plans for the configuration of transnational railway corridors that would connect China to Europe through Central Asia. The United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific endorsed these plans in the 1990s and has been promoting them ever since. We can see then that politically strong national and transnational actors see infrastructure planning and specifically the formation of transnational railway corridors as a powerful instrument of political expansion and economic growth. In my currernt   research I discuss projects for the reconfiguration of Asian railways from the 1940s to the Present, focusing on visions for establishing Europe Asia freight routes. By examining such projects I seek to explore how Europe Asian relations have been formed in the ´low politics´ arena of infrastructural development, since the end of WWII. Ultimately, an interpretation of the competing political and economic agendas ´hidden´ in these projects, as well as an analysis of the factors that lead to their realisation (or non-realisation) – be they economic, political or technological – can prove a useful instrument to policy makers.´

Abstract from, Research Proposal,  Iron Silk Roads, Railways and Europe Asia Relations, drafted independently, submitted and successfully defended by Irene Anastasiadou, Berlin University of Technology in March 2014




Funding Institutions & Collaborations


September 2014 to August 2016

Funding by the European Union. Funds awarded to Irene Anastasiadou (PhD) to independentyl design, conduct her own research, on a basis of a research proposal, she designed and submitted herself, as a single author, in the context of the IPODI Marie Curie Fellow program of Berlin University of Technology. The research proposal was evaluated ny interdisciplinary committees of external scholars.

 Dr. Irene Anastasiadou successfuly acquired additional Research Funds by the Female Career Development Network of TuBerlin. And, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Germany.

Seprember 2017 to January 2019.

Based in Shanghai as a residential fellow, dr. Anastasiadou continued her research based at the College of Liberal Arts, Shanghai University. Irene had the opportunity to participate in a number of semninars and workshops organized by a number of centres at Shanghai Uni, including, the Centre for the History of Global Development, the David Musto Centre for the History of Medicine, and the centre for global studies. She participated in a number of conferences organized in other Universities in Shanghai. She has worked on a number of publications in different languges, and prepares a book manuscript on the topic (provisional) Iron Silk Roads,Infrastructure and Globalisation, a monograph. 

Courses designed & taught

Spring Semester 2015 - 2016, hosted by China Centre, TUBerlin,


Modern Asian History through the lenses of the history of transport, traffic and mobility, It was attended by a number of students from different Universities in Berlin, coming from a number of countries, incluuding China and India. 

Spring Semester 2016 - 2017, Hosted by China Centre, TUBerlin,

Transport and Mobility in Modern Asia, supplementary to the  course info accessible on line in the following  link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1761159734199988/

Spring Semester 2017 -2018, (guest lecturer, two sessions) Skills & Methods Course,

offered by Shanghai Univ. staff. summer semester 2018. 

Collaborative & Personal Research Proposals Submitted & Under Preparation (since 2014)

2015 HERA, Humanities in the European Research Area, Iron Silk Roads, Collaborative Proposals on behalf of TuBerlin, with collaboration from a number of institutions. 

2016, Made in Greece, developed by. dr. Anastasiadou, with a number of partners, from other Institutions.

2018: Proposal by dr. I. Anastasiadou, submitted, to Shanghai University, for internal workshop to be held at Shanghai University entitled, Infrastructure and Eurasian Integration in the 19th & 20th Century, The Path leading to One Belt, One Road, April 2018.

2019, Health and Hygiene of Railway Workers in a Global Perspective, personal grant request, at Wellcome Trust , Uk, Round January 2019.