Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kocka, President of the International
Committee of Historical Sciences met Prof. Cha Ha Soon (President, Korean National
Committee), Prof. Yoichi Kibata (President, Japanese National Committee), and
Prof. Koichi Kabayama(a bureau member, CISH) and talked about the Asian historians'
conference in Beijing to be held in May 2003. Prof. Dr. Kocka explained that this
conference will be sponsored by the CISH in cooperation with the Association of
Chinese Historians and the Institute of World History under the Chinese Academy
of Social Sciences. The international symposium was to
be entitled 'The Course of Modernization in the Countries and Regions of East
Asia', in which both Korean and Japanese national committees
were requested to be positively involved.
Upon this request, the Korean National Committee
of Historical Sciences decided that four expert scholars would be sent for presenting
papers, one at each of four panels of the conference, where some eminent social
scientists and historians would also be present from Europe and the United States
of America as well as from the countries in Asia.
Unfortunately because of the SARS epidemic, the
Asian conference in Beijing scheduled for September 2003 was postponed until
7th through the 9th of April, 2004.
Following the evening of a welcoming
banquet on the 7th, for two days from the 8th through 9th April, about 40
historians and social scientists from Germany and the United States of America
as well as China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Hongkong participated in an
international symposium, being engaged in presenting papers, comments, and
discussions. Professors Kim Kyong-Dong and Park Tae-Gyun from Seoul
National University read papers, and Professor Cha Ha Soon made comments.