IAFOR Silk Road Initiative

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December 14, 2017 – In 2018 the new IAFOR Silk Road Initiative will officially be launched, a research network of scholars around the world with an interest in interdisciplinary silk road studies.

The initiative will take advantage of the global IAFOR network of individuals and institutions, and offer the opportunity to take part in symposia around the world, and to connect with interested researchers.

As an organisation, IAFOR’s mission is to promote international exchange, facilitate intercultural awareness, encourage interdisciplinary discussion, and generate and share new knowledge. 2018 will see the launch of a major new and ambitious international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research initiative that uses the silk road trade routes as a lens through which to study some of the world’s largest historical and contemporary geopolitical trends, shifts and exchanges.

IAFOR is headquartered in Japan, and the 2018 inauguration of this project aligns with the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration of 1868, when Japan opened its doors to the trade and ideas that would precipitate its rapid modernisation and its emergence as a global power. At a time when global trends can seem unpredictable, and futures fearful, this Silk Road Initiative gives the opportunity to revisit the question of the impact of international relations from a long-term perspective.

This ambitious initiative will encourage individuals and institutions working across the world to encourage research centring on the contact between countries and regions in Europe and Asia, from Gibraltar to Japan, and the maritime routes that went beyond into the South-East Continent and the Philippines, and later out into the Pacific Islands and the United States. The IAFOR Silk Road Initiative will concern all aspects of this contact, and will examine both material and intellectual traces, as well as consequences.

To be informed of the latest developments and to express your interest in joining the IAFOR Silk Road Initiative’s mailing list, join by clicking here, indicating your academic and geographical area(s) of interest.



  • Region I: Western Europe
  • Region II: Eastern Europe/Eurasia & Central Asia
  • Region III: South & South-East Asia
  • Region IV: East Asia & The Asia Pacific

Lead Institutions

  • The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Osaka University, Japan
  • The IAFOR Research Centre (IRC), Japan
  • University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • École Normale Supérieure (ENS), France


A series of round tables on the IAFOR Silk Road Initiative have been held in Japan, the UK and Spain in 2017, and the initiative will become a central aspect of a series of conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops from 2018 in Asia, Europe and North America.

The IAFOR Silk Road Initiative
Office Address: Sakae 1-16-26 2F, Naka Ku, Nagoya, Japan

To visit the official website click here.