The Institute of International Maritime Affairs was founded in May 2005 having the intention of stimulating the research works of humanities and social sciences with relation to the ocean and developing the interdisciplinary activities with other research fields, as well as setting up the educational-industrial-governmental-academic complex and helping to make the policies for region developments.
The Institute was selected to the ‘Humanities Korea Program’ of Korean Research Foundation in November 2008. The Institute wishes to make a universal dispatch point of new studies (Cultural Interaction Studies of Sea Port Cities).
More than 40 researchers of the Institute make the sea port cities with their research field and concentrate on the interdisciplinary reconstruction and research of the interchanges of people, information, and materials among the sea port cities and the maritime Silk Roads.
The Institute has disseminated its academic findings through the regional connection activities that publicize and popularize its resources and information.
1) Activities for the regional connections:
- The collection and accumulation of sources and information, the construction of data-base, the public digital service, the civic courses and the expositions.
2) Activities for the subsequent generation cultivation:
- The graduate interdisciplinary program, the national and international field-works, the seminars and workshops.
3) Activities for the academic interchanges:
- The publication of academic series and journal, the national and international academic conferences, the joint researches, the construction of network with other key institutes.
4) Organization or Participation of Academic Conferences:
- ‘(Annual) International Conference of the World Committee of Maritime Culture’ (Busan, Korea, 2011- 2014) (organized by the Institute).
- ‘International Conference of Korea Maritime Silk Road Expedition’ (Mumbai, India, 2014) (Co-organized by Korea Maritime and Ocean University).
- ‘International Conference of Korea Maritime Silk Road Expedition’ (Guangzhou, China, 2014) (Co-organized by Korea Maritime and Ocean University).
“The Maritime Silk Road and Seaport Cities” by Jeong Moon-soo et al. (First Published on May 31st, 2015 by Sunin Publishing / ISBN 978-89-5933-892-4)
[Part Ⅰ] Discourses on the Maritime Silk Road
1. The Maritime Silk Road and the Methodological Seaport City (Jeong Moon-soo)
2. Conceptual Studies of the Sea Silk Road: The Cognitive Focus of South Korea, China, and Japan (Jung Su-il)
3. Research on the Maritime Silk Road and Marine Culture (Yang Guozhen)
[Part Ⅱ] The Historical Maritime Silk Road
4. The Relationship of the Maritime Silk Road and the Inland Silk Road in the 14-15th Centuries (Hamashita Takeshi)
5. Jang Bogo and the Yellow Sea Silk Road (Chen Shangsheng)
6. The Yellow Sea Route of the 9th Century through Choi Chiwon’s Poetry (Choi Nack-min)
7. The Formation and Utilization of Maritime Routes during the Koryo and Song Dynasties (Kim Kang-sik)
8. The Significance of Silla Residents on Eurasian Maritime Silk Roads: From a New Perspective on East Asian Mediterranean Sea Theory (Youn Myung-chul)
9. The Oceans of East Asia in the 17th Century and the Transition of the Maritime Silk Route (Li Jinming and Li Dexia)
10. East-West Cultural Exchanges in the Indian Ocean through Faxian’s Voyage (Qu Jinliang)
11. The Role of Archaeology in the Study of Maritime Buddhism in India (Dayalan Duraiswamy)
12. Ships on the Maritime Silk Road (Cui Yunfeng)
13. “Nanhai I” (南海I号), A Wreck on the Maritime Silk Road (Li Qingxin)
[Part Ⅲ] The Maritime Silk Road in the Age of Globalization
14. The Maritime Silk Road: Invoking the Past to Imagine the Future (Radha Viswanathan)
15. Recreating the Silk Road: Conceptual and Institutional Aspects in an International Context (Radharaman Chakrabarti)
16. Geo-Economic and Geo-Cultural Stakes in the New Maritime Silk Road (Sanjay Deshpande)
17. Seaport Cities and Cosmopolitanism in the Globalization Era (Park Min-soo)
18. The Transnational Maritime Silk Road and the Cosmopolitan Commons (Nho Young-soon)
[English Editor’s Postscript] The Future of the Maritime (Gregg Whitlock)