IAFOR had its first public silk road informations session, with ISRI Director Professor Georges Depeyrot presenting alongside IAFOR Chairman Dr Joseph Haldane, and Professor Ljiljana Markovic, Dean of the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade.
Professor Depeyrot is a member of the French CNRS Board of Trustees, and the initiative builds on the DAMIN research project, originally funded by the French government and European Union, and which grew to include individuals and universities in Europe, Central and East Asia. Its initial scope looked at coinage and currency unions and silver depreciation, but the project soon grew to include a variety of interdisciplinary research topics. Professor Markovic looked at the historical role silk played in Serbia and the country’s role as a crossroads in the trade.
A third round table was also held at the event, and included a small group of associated researchers of the initiative, including how to best align initiative streams within the IAFOR international conference program.